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Scaffolding Injury Claims Under New York State Labor Law

Section 240 of the New York State Labor Law specifically recognizes the dangers of working at an elevation. Under the statute, construction workers are entitled to sue property owners and general contractors for falls from scaffolds, ladders, roofs and heights.

If you or a family member suffered a serious injury on a ladder or scaffolding, you can trust your case to the experienced lawyers of Friedman Sanchez, LLP. Our Brooklyn-based personal injury practice has recovered personal injury and wrongful death compensation on behalf of roofers, carpenters and other laborers across the NYC area.

Scaffold collapse or ladder fall? We will aggressively pursue your full compensation. Get a free consultation at 347-934-9216.

Strict Liability For Scaffold And Ladder Injuries

The Labor Law considers scaffolding and ladders to be inherently dangerous, and puts the burden on the building owner and contractor to ensure that such equipment is safe and secure. Under the legal standard of strict liability, it is not necessary to prove the property owner or general contractor was negligent; the fact that an accident occurred is proof that the working conditions were not safe.

However, you still need a skilled lawyer on your side to see your claim to completion. The defense may argue that the victim’s own reckless actions negate their liability. The insurance company may dispute the damages or try to settle the case for far less.

We work with clients, their families, medical experts and other professionals to document the extent of injury and degree of recovery, the ongoing hardships (financial, physical and personal), and the tangible impact of medical bills and lost income. Our efforts have resulted in notable recoveries such as a $1.2 million settlement for a construction worker who fell off a ladder.

Is Your Accident Covered By The NYS Labor Law?

Labor Law Section 240 covers many scenarios involving heights, such as:

  • Scaffolding collapse or falls from scaffolds
  • Ladder accidents
  • Falls from roofs
  • Falling into stairwell cutouts
  • Falling tools and debris from above

Call our Brooklyn office at 347-934-9216 or contact us online for a free consultation with a scaffolding accident attorney. We serve clients in every borough of New York City and on Long Island, and we have strong ties in the Hispanic community. Se habla español.