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Defending Clients in Construction Accident Cases Involving New York’s Labor Laws

In the state of New York, property/building owners, general contractors and subcontractors can be held strictly liable for accidents that occur on their construction sites. The New York Labor Law provides that when a worker is injured in an accident caused by a violation of Sections 200, 240(1) or 241(6) of the New York labor statutes, property/building owners, general contractors, subcontractors and their agents may be held legally responsible for the injuries sustained in the construction site accident. These statutes are very punitive in nature and often permit a plaintiff to recover a judgment when the defendant has not committed any wrongdoing.

The attorneys in KDV’s General Liability Practice regularly defend clients in construction accident liability cases involving New York’s labor laws. We have an intimate understanding of the statutes governing construction site accidents and have deep experience working with clients throughout the New York construction industry. Our lawyers represent general contractors, subcontractors, building/property owners and other parties in a broad scope of construction site accident cases, including accidents involving:

  • Falls from ladders and scaffolds
  • Collapse of ladders and scaffolds
  • Falls resulting from floor collapses
  • Equipment and other materials falling and striking workers below
  • Heavy machinery injuries
  • Defective and dangerous equipment
  • Burns and explosions
  • Other workplace accidents

Navigating Complex Relationships and Responsibilities

Construction accident cases tend to involve complicated legal and factual issues, requiring a team of practitioners experienced in handling high exposure liability matters. KDV attorneys are familiar with construction site accident cases and the complex relationships that exist between property/building owners, general contractors and subcontractors. An accident at a construction site will typically trigger a chain of events, with parties disagreeing over who is responsible for handling the claim and providing payment to the injured workers.

In many cases the contractual relationships between the parties will dictate liability and require parties to procure insurance coverage for accidents and injuries that may occur on the construction site. The attorneys at KDV are skilled in interpreting these relationships and have had significant success in compelling the appropriate parties to step up to the plate and accept responsibility for the accident. While our firm defends all parties, including owners, general contractors and subcontractors, our lawyers have been particularly successful in helping general contractors shift liability to responsible subcontractors.

Although KDV attempts to resolve all cases as early on as possible, our lawyers are also trained litigators who are well positioned to defend our clients at every stage of the legal process. When a construction site accident occurs, a general liability defense attorney at our firm will analyze the accident claim and investigate the incident. We may call upon liability experts and other professionals in the construction industry to determine whether a particular violation has occurred. When necessary, our lawyers also consult with economists in the field to evaluate and assess the potential damages in the case. In every matter that we handle, KDV attorneys work to build a strong case that protects our clients’ rights and minimizes their exposure to liability and lawsuits.

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