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Construction Accident Lawyer

An experienced construction accident lawyer is essential for workers at a job site who become injured. Working at a construction site is one of the most dangerous careers in the United States.  The chances of workers becoming injured increase greatly in New York City, where new construction projects more than double those of the next metropolitan area. Right now there are approximately 40,000 active construction projects. That means over 400,000 construction workers daily face the risk of getting seriously injured. Construction work often involves working at extreme heights or operating heavy equipment such as cranes and forklifts. This oftentimes creates even another potential hazard, objects falling from the work area above.


Who would you rather have, a construction site accident lawyer who claims to know the law, or one who changed it for the better? We have been champions for constructions workers since our inception.  The fact that we are willing to go to the highest court in New York to fight for our clients shows two things.  We fight until the end and nothing will stop us from helping our clients.  At The Platta Law Firm our attorneys have the skill and experience to get the job done.  There is no mistake that when you hire us, the other side knows that you mean business.

If our past results are not enough, we encourage you to take a look at our reviews online.  Our construction site accident lawyers continually receive great reviews from former and current clients.  That is because our attorneys keep you informed, confident and fight at every turn.  We know this business inside and out, and it is time you let our expertise work for you.


Construction Accident Attorneys at our law firm are intimately aware of how the New York Labor Law operates to prevent construction accidents. For over a decade, our law firm has successfully prevailed in the Courts of the state of New York, obtaining some of the largest recoveries for injured union and non-union workers. Top New York Settlements & Verdicts by Thompson Reuters and Verdict Search list our results almost every year as an example of excellence in practice.

In 2011, our personal injury law firm, based in New York City, prevailed in a milestone legal battle for the rights of one of our clients in the Court of Appeals (highest appellate Court in the State of New York). The Platta Law Firm’s victory in Wilinski v. 334 East 92nd Housing development Fund Corp. changed the existing Labor Law §240(1) regulation for the entire state. By shaping the law for the state of New York, we brought the legal fight for injured construction workers to a brand new level and created the road to success for other law firms.

Construction workers need an experienced lawyer on their side when involved in accidents. They may have suffered permanent life-altering injuries. Statistics show that during the last six-month period, 286 construction accidents occurred within New York City with 5 fatalities. A majority of the construction-related accidents categorized by the Department of Buildings (DOB) involved a falling worker. This was followed by workers struck by a falling object.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, out of the over 5,250 employees who died on the job, over 21% of them, or 1 in 5, were construction workers.  The leading cause of construction worker deaths was falls (33.5%). The next leading causes were: (1) being struck by falling objects; (2) electrocutions, and (3) “caught in/between” injuries. The last one occurs when a structure or equipment crushes or traps a worker.

As these statistics show, construction workers in NYC face the risk of becoming injured more than in any other career.  For this reason, hiring a proper and qualified construction accident attorney in NYC makes all the difference.  You need a law firm that gets you the compensation you deserve.  Our attorneys will also represent you in your Workers’ Compensation claim. This includes securing insurance coverage for your post-accident medical treatment and reimbursement for lost wages.  Unlike other NYC Construction Accident Law Firms, we do not refer your Workers’ Compensation case out. We handle your entire construction accident case and Workers’ Compensation case from start to finish at our law firm.

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As a first step, we will schedule your free, private, and confidential meeting with our construction accident lawyers to discuss your case. Following this meeting, we will launch a full investigation into the details of your accident. We will secure all proof available to support your case. Our private investigators will perform a full independent review of the construction site where the accident took place.  We will also obtain any videos showing your accident. In addition to obtaining job site accident reports, we also obtain the results of independent investigations conducted by the New York City Department of Buildings and OSHA. The findings of their investigations will assist us in determining additional responsible parties.
Our hardworking lawyers will do whatever it takes to get you the best results.  We will reach out to any of your coworkers that witnessed the accident. Their signed affidavits describing what happened will greatly improve your chances of winning your construction accident lawsuit. It will also help to prevent any “unknown” witnesses from later claiming that the injured worker was the sole cause of his or her accident. If you wait too long to reach out to witnesses, they may refuse to speak about your accident, after becoming adversely influenced by insurance company employees or investigators.


Our experienced construction accident attorneys are very familiar with New York State laws that give special protection to construction workers.  We are prepared to show in court how falling from a height or being struck by a falling object was caused by a violation of Labor Law Section 240(1). Under this law, a worker must be provided with specific safety devices, such as scaffolds or ladders, that protect him or her from falling from a height.  The same law protects workers’ rights when struck by falling objects such as construction materials or debris.  When these types of accidents happen, the law renders the property owner and general contractor strictly liable for workers’ injuries. A violation of this law allows a worker to recover monetary damages from the property owner and/or the general contractor.
In addition, under New York Labor Law Section 241(6), we can prove that an owner or general contractor is responsible for failing to comply with the regulations specified within the State’s Industrial Code (Rule 23). Violations of this section occur for multiple reasons. They include, inter alia, falls to an uncovered hole, slips or trips on construction debris left on the floor, or collapses of a trench wall.
Finally, we can also show in Court that the New York Labor Law Section 200 protects you in a situation where a contractor failed to provide a reasonable and adequate protection at a construction site.


Our skilled construction accident lawyers know the New York Labor Laws inside and out. Our legal knowledge will make the difference between a life-changing recovery and a court dismissing your case.  Despite the complex laws and regulations designed to protect construction workers, too many accidents have and will continue to occur.  Our attorneys have over four decades of combined legal experience focused on representing construction accident victims.  The lawyers at our firm are seasoned New York Labor Law veterans.

Our New York City Construction Accident Lawyers handle most complex construction accident cases throughout the State and the City of New York, including but not limited to Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, and Long Island.  We understand how to provide our clients with the best legal representation they would expect from a Construction Accident Lawyer. In this difficult time, we are there for you. We will guide you at all times to return you to a normal life after facing a trauma of personal injury. 

Call our team of experienced Construction Accident Lawyers 24/7 at (212) 514-5100 for a free legal consultation, where we will begin the process of getting you the maximum compensation that you and your loved ones are entitled to.

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