Compensation For Fall Injuries
If you have fallen from a roof, ladder, scaffold or other high place, it is important to talk with an experienced attorney about the possibility of obtaining compensation. At Tinari, O'Connell & Osborn in Central Islip, we have decades of courtroom experience and a track record of successful verdicts and settlements in personal injury cases. Our lawyers can help you understand the options available to you and help you obtain full and fair compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
For people who have been injured in ladder, scaffold or roof falls at work, workers’ compensation is available to compensate them for damages. Workers’ compensation bars any lawsuits directly against an employer. In many cases, however, workers’ compensation does not provide complete compensation to cover all of the long-term costs and damages that arise from this type of accident.
In these cases, a third-party liability suit is often the best means for complete compensation. In a third-party liability claim, a third party (someone other than the employer or a co-worker) is thought to have contributed to the accident through some form of negligence. A third party can include another contractor on site, a ladder manufacturer or another party whose negligence contributed to the accident.
Under New York law, when someone falls from high above on a construction site, the general contractor is strictly liable. This means that there is no requirement in court to establish that the general contractor was negligent in any way. The third party is automatically considered negligent, and the only thing in question is the determination of the value of the case.
Third-party liability claims can be complicated. It is important to talk with a lawyer as soon as possible if you have been hurt in a fall. We can help you understand your rights and options.