Those who work in the demolition business know it comes with some very real hazards. While the use of demolition contractors in the construction industry can help level large areas much faster than a team of human workers, the use of explosives sometimes ends with unpredictable results. Shrapnel and mis-timed detonations are just two concerns. Even when these “grand demolition” projects go according to plan, there remain inherent dangers.
Explosives can release dangerous toxins in a building’s materials and send them airborne. And explosions can also start dangerous, rapid-moving fires which can threaten general public safety. They can cause a worker to fall unexpectedly from a height or jar loose building materials that can fall on a worker from above. But there are also risks in the traditional demolition of a small house or five-floor walkup.
Regardless of the demolition project, there is a sequence of events (and equipment that must be used) during each step of the process in order to make certain that all crew members involved in this dangerous task are safe. Many times, several different, specialized subcontractors or equipment suppliers may be involved during a building’s demolition. However, if speed is the overriding mission of any building demolition project, it can lead to corners being cut or other complications that end up causing serious injuries — all because the property owner or general contractor wants the building down as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has been injured in any building demolition accident, you are likely eligible to receive a large array of compensatory benefits. The New York demolition accident attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC have handled every conceivable claim resulting from a demolition and construction-related accident. We can identify what benefits you are entitled to, then get them for you as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Contact Kaplan Lawyers PC at (516) 399-2364 to schedule a free case consultation with our demolition construction accident lawyer in NYC.
Common Causes of Demolition Accidents
This haste in the demolition process often leads to serious accidents. Our attorneys know the types of mishaps that happen, and we work to hold negligent parties accountable. Injuries and deaths as a result of demolition accidents are often caused by:
- Premature detonation of explosives, if they are involved
- The premature or uncontrolled collapse of structural areas scheduled for demolition, such as ceilings, outside fire escapes, and load-bearing walls
- Falls from heights, such as through open floors and off of scaffolds
- Exposure to toxic chemicals or other contaminants that are part of the demolished structure (such as prolonged exposure to asbestos for long-term members of a demolition crew)
- Falling debris, which inadvertently strikes a worker (or maybe a pedestrian passing the job site).
ANY OF THE ABOVE MISHAPS CAN LEAD TO INJURIES SUCH AS:
- Concussions or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neck or spine trauma
- Broken bones
- Crush injuries
- Burns or other serious wounds
When There’s an Accident, Who Compensates You?
The primary method of compensation for demolition crew members is through New York’s Workers’ Compensation. Even if the accident is your fault, your employer’s “no fault” workplace insurance will pay virtually all of your medical bills, a percentage of your lost wages and most – if not all – of your disability. This depends on several factors and the length of time you are unable to work. If seriously disabled, Social Security will help pay some of these expenses as well.
It is not unusual for subcontractors to be part of your demolition project. If one of those “subs” – or someone employed by one of them – played a hand in your injury, it is possible to supplement your workers’ comp benefits through at least one third-party insurance claim or lawsuit. Maybe a truck hauling away debris injured you, or a backhoe or bulldozer driven by the employee of another sub hurt you. A scaffolding subcontractor, the explosives contractor, or some other employee of another company could have done something that led to your injury.
Through third-party lawsuits, you can demand compensation for pain and suffering, punitive damages, if appropriate, and be completely covered for all your lost wages AND full disability regardless of the length.
Suppose a family member was accidentally killed on a demolition site. In that case, other compensation could be available through a third-party wrongful death claim as a supplement to your deceased family member’s workers’ comp and Social Security death benefits.
Contact Kaplan Lawyers PC at (516) 399-2364 for a free case consultation with our demolition accident attorney in NYC.
How We Can Help You
Kaplan Lawyers Always Puts You First
If you are looking for an NYC demolition accident attorney, what are some of the ways that Kaplan Lawyers PC can help you? Some of the ways we can help position your case to be successful include:
- We can review the nature of your injuries, take a look at your medical expenses, and help you figure out how much money we think your case is worth.
- If the insurance company reaches out to you to offer a settlement, we can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
- We can request additional documentation related to the accident to figure out exactly what happened, how it happened, and why it happened.
- We can depose witnesses related to your accident to figure out who should be held responsible and to what extent they should be held responsible.
- In addition to compensation for your medical expenses, we may be able to pursue compensation for lost income, pain and suffering, and even punitive damages.
- In the event we believe you are not offered a fair settlement, we can take your case to trial.
At Kaplan Lawyers PC, our top priority is to defend your rights, so rely on our demolition accident attorney in NYC to ensure your voice is heard and your interests are strongly defended.
Why Choose Us?
Kaplan Lawyers PC Will Fight For Your Rights
If you are looking for demolition accident attorneys in NYC, we understand that you have options. Some of the reasons why you should partner with us include:
- Track Record: We have a long record of successful settlements and verdicts for our clients, and we invite you to take a look at our prior case results to see what we have done in the past.
- Reviews and Ratings: We have numerous positive reviews and ratings from our prior clients that serve as a testament to what we can do for you.
- Experience: Not every law firm has experience working with demolition accident injuries, but this is our area of expertise. We can use that experience to help you with your case.
- Compassion: We understand that it can be stressful and traumatic to be involved in a demolition accident, and we will provide you and your case with the compassion that you need.
If you are looking for a demolition construction accident lawyer in NYC, rely on the team at Kaplan Lawyers PC to represent you.
Contact Our New York Demolition Accident Lawyers
Knowing the high level of risk present in demolition situations, New York State has special regulations that try to both ensure demolition workers’ safety and provide for the worker if an accident does occur. At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we can help evaluate your claim, then apply our expertise to your specific needs. We understand the significant dangers you accept as part of your job every day. And we believe you should be provided for if something goes wrong. A demolition accident can be painful and emotionally distressing to endure, and you need help to get all of the benefits to which you are entitled. Remember, if we don’t win your case, there are no legal fees whatsoever.
Call Kaplan Lawyers PC at (516) 399-2364 for a free case consultation in NYC.
Attorney Jared S. Kaplan
Attorney Jared S. Kaplan has focused his career on advancing his legal knowledge though the day to day practice of law. Jared is a partner in the law firm of Kaplan Lawyers PC in Syosset, New York and has been a practicing attorney for nearly 20 years. His career started in litigation, so Jared is aware of the pitfalls in litigation and uses that knowledge in the representation of his clients in complex matters. [ Attorney Bio ]