Brooklyn Construction Elevator Accident Attorney

Were You Involved in an Elevator Accident on a Construction Site in New York?

In New York, high-rise construction is becoming increasingly common as businesses try to make the most of their available space. Naturally, any high-rise construction project involves installing and using elevators. In addition to creating elevators for future building tenants, developers are also in charge of developing industrial elevators that construction workers use every day to reach work areas. In addition, there is always a potential of an accident, possibly a serious one.

Elevator accidents are common in Brooklyn, New York, and while using an elevator carries some risk for everyone, it can be especially risky for construction workers, building contractors, and elevator repair men.

It is also important to keep in mind that a majority of elevator accidents take place on building sites when employees use manually-driven hoists to move from floor to floor. In New York, specific rules have been passed to safeguard workers in those circumstances, and in some cases, the owners and contractors on the construction site may be held liable for an elevator accident.

It is very important that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Brandon J. Broderick who is familiar with the health and safety provisions of New York State's Labor Law. You may have more than just a workers' compensation case.

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Can I file a lawsuit for injuries I suffered in a workplace elevator accident?

You can, indeed. You should be qualified for workers' compensation benefits from your employer if you were working when you were injured in a construction elevator accident.

However, there's a chance that your injuries were caused by other parties. Everyone on the job site must be kept safe, including general contractors, property owners, and even safety inspectors.

Any person liable for the accident that resulted in your injuries may be the subject of a third-party personal injury claim. It is important that you contact us as soon as possible to discuss your elevator accident, so that we can give you the proper guidance and options that are available to you.

Assessing Liability & Your Options

You may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses if you were hurt while carrying out work-related tasks, such as maintaining or repairing an elevator, or while using a construction elevator or hoist. These may include your pain and suffering, as well as other economic or non-economic damages. Of course, it  depends on the circumstances of your case and your capacity to bring a personal injury lawsuit. They may also include any medical expenses, lost wages, and lost future earnings that a serious injury or disability may have resulted in.

Victims must establish various legal elements, including responsibility and liability, in order to win a personal injury claim and obtain damages. Although the specific facts of each case will determine who is liable for your injuries and losses, the following are some instances of negligence, failures, and workplace safety breaches that frequently result in liability:

  • Falling objects / struck-by injuries
  • Negligent elevator construction, maintenance, or operation
  • Defective elevators/unsafe design or manufacturing
  • Failures to perform periodic routine inspections as specified by NY Code
  • Excessive weight / overloaded elevators and lifts
  • Violations of the New York Labor Laws, specifically laws 200, 240, and 241.

What leads to elevator accidents in construction?

Any device or piece of equipment designed to transport people and things – including hoists, temporary lifts, and regular building elevators – can increase the danger of mishaps and injuries. Failures on the parts of contractors, product manufacturers, and property owners only contribute to increasing those risks.

The attorneys at Brandon J. Broderick have experience handling all types of construction-related accidents in Brooklyn and New York. Our legal team is ready to help workers who sustain injuries in elevator-related accidents, including those involving:

  • Falls - A fall down an elevator shaft has the potential to cause fatality or severe injury. An uncovered elevator shaft must be marked and secured by the employer; otherwise, a fatal accident may occur.
  • Mechanical Failure - Workplace accidents frequently result from mechanical failure, such as when the pulley system in an elevator malfunctions or another mechanical component. The elevator may fall due to mechanical issues, frequently from a great height.
  • Faulty Wiring - Wiring problems can lead to mechanical breakdowns and put workers using the elevator at risk of electrocution.
  • Being Trapped - While at work, employees may become trapped in an elevator shaft or a broken elevator.
  • Improper Leveling - A fall when entering or exiting an elevator is significantly more likely when the elevator is not balanced properly.
  • Inadequate Maintenance - A lack of basic maintenance can occur with construction elevators. They frequently won't be maintained at all over the course of a construction project, which simply raises the risks connected with employing them.

Contact Brandon J. Broderick for Help With Your Construction Elevator Accident Claim

The team at Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, and its Brooklyn construction accident attorneys have the knowledge and resource to litigate claims for people who have been hurt in a construction accident, including those involving elevators. Contact us for a free consultation. Allow us to assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.

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