WESTCHESTER COUNTY CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS

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ABOUT US

Have you or a loved one been injured in a construction accident? With over 35 years of experience with construction accident related cases in White Plains, Westchester County and surrounding areas, Curan & Ahlers is ready to fight for you. Curan & Ahlers handles construction accident related cases throughout New York, including all five boroughs of New York City, Rockland County, Dutches County, Putnam County, Orange County and Sullivan County. If you're looking for experienced construction injury attorneys, give us a call today.

We handle many different construction injury cases such as burns, back and neck injuries, falls or collisions, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputation, construction accidents, scaffolding accidents, and more that result in many different surgeries and more.

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Damages White Plains Construction Accident Victims Could Be Awarded In Court:

  • Loss in Wages - current and estimated future earnings

  • Hospital & Medical Expenses - current and estimated future costs

  • Professional medical care such as physical therapists or psychologists

  • Pain & Suffering

Types of Claims and Lawsuits For Construction Accidents

  • Personal Injury Claims

  • Wrongful Death

  • Workers' Compensation

  • Product Liability

Common Construction Accidents In White Plains & Westchester County

  • Scaffolding accidents

  • Construction fall accidents

  • Construction equipment accidents including defective equipment

  • Welding accidents

  • Explosions

  • Electrocutions

  • Falling debris or objects

  • Collapsed structures

  • Transportation accidents on construction sites

  • Hazardous or toxic material 

  • And More

Who could be liable for your construction accident in Westchester County?

  • Manufacturers

  • Engineers or Architects

  • Contractors or sub-contractors

  • Construction Site Owner(s)

  • And More

Scaffolding Accidents Lawyer In Westchester County

At Curan & Ahlers, we've handled many scaffolding accidents over the years and we were able to recover damages for our clients. According to Ask Environmental Health Safety, there are roughly 4,500 workers injured yearly from scaffolding accidents. It's extremely dangerous given the height of scaffolding accidents and some of the causes are:

  • Poor/weak planks

  • Faulty construction equipment

  • Failure to follow safety protocol

  • Lack of training

  • Failure to provide proper supervision

  • Change in weather or other environmental conditions such as wind, temperature and more

Manufacturer Liability

In the construction industry, manufacturers produce the equipment used on the job site. These manufacturers are accountable for maintaining safe products. Some of the equipment and/or products that have been known to be defective or dangerous include but are not limited to: scaffolding, cranes, bulldozers, forklifts, and much more. Defective and/or faulty scaffolding is among the most dangerous products that manufacturers produce. This is due to the shear distance a construction worker could fall if the scaffolding is defective. If you're looking for a scaffolding accidents lawyer in Westchester County, give us a call today.

How Can a Scaffold Accident Lawyer Help?

Scaffolding and ladder accidents may result in construction workers filing a workers compensation claim. If you filed a workers compensation claim you may still be able to file a legal claim if the negligence was caused by a third party. This third party may be liable for your scaffolding injuries. 

If you need a scaffolding accident lawyer in White Plains, give us a call today so we can discuss your case and how we can help.

How Can a Construction Accident Lawyer in Westchester County Help You?

Have you tried to recover lost wages through workers' compensation benefits? You or a loved one may have gone through a traumatic experience after falling from scaffolding or another injury on a construction site. The last worry you want is filing a workers compensation claim. If you have already filed you may have found out that the benefits are typically inadequate and aren't enough to cover lost wages, medical bills, earning capacity, and more. This is where Curan & Ahlers can help. We can help ensure that you and your family are protected and we'll fight to get the compensation you deserve.

White Plains Construction On The Rise

Construction in Westchester was hot prior to the pandemic, stopped during the pandemic, and now going full steam ahead. 

Many of the local hospitals have led the way with construction projects including White Plains Hospital; Mt. Vernon Hospital, and St. Johns Hospital in Yonkers;

Over 3,000 new construction jobs have been created by the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency involved in three major downtown White Plains projects.  They include a senior living facility on Bloomingdale Road; a $500,000.00 million dollar redevelopment of the former Westchester Pavilion Mall; and a  $600 million dollar residential/commercial redevelopment of the former White Plains mall.

Beside these ongoing projects there are presently 11 other proposed projects pending. 

 

How Dangerous Are Construction Jobs?

The construction industry is a vital part of the U.S. economy. The labor of construction workers impacts every facet of our lives: from the quality of the buildings where we live and work to the safety of the streets where we drive.

We rarely stop to consider that construction workers put their lives at risk every day when they go to work. Statistics show construction one of the most dangerous industries in the United States:

  • According to the Associated General Contractors of America, the construction industry consists of over 680,000 employers, with over 7 million workers nationwide.

  • One in every five workplace deaths involves a worker in the construction industry.

  • Over one-third of all construction deaths result from a fall.

 

Where Do Construction Accidents Happen?

When you think about a construction site, images of large equipment and scaffolding likely come to mind. But construction sites do not just exist on city blocks. They are everywhere we turn. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 849,570 Americans worked as construction laborers in one recent year. An additional 227,460 held the title of construction manager, with carpenters, electricians, and operating engineers accounting for 611,070, 503,660, and 245,320 workers respectively.

With so many workers employed in construction, accidents happen in virtually every conceivable setting:

  • City buildings: In one recent year, Brooklyn had more active construction projects than any other borough of New York City. At the time there were 2,800 active permits on file. The largest project was a 3.9 million square foot skyscraper. Working on city buildings comes with particular risks. Not only must workers do their jobs at extreme heights, they must also contend with limited space and numerous distractions, which can make it difficult for workers to get their job done safely.

  • Roadways: Millions of people drive through road construction every day. It’s easy to take for granted just how dangerous roadway construction is for workers. Traffic workers must fight inclement weather, limited space, and oncoming traffic. Repair work on bridges, traffic lights, or in areas of high traffic leave workers particularly vulnerable to injury.

  • Homes and offices: New home builds, repairs, and renovations make up a good portion of the construction industry. While these jobs may be more secluded and provide more space, they provide different challenges. Workers are usually unfamiliar with the area they are working with and may not be aware of hidden dangers. Additionally, homeowners may put added pressure on workers to complete a job quickly.

  • Manufacturing facilities: The manufacturing industry is growing, as is the demand for new buildings. In addition to the normal hazards, workers have to install heavy, and often dangerous, equipment.

 

How Do Accidents Happen?

Construction jobs come with a wide variety of inherent dangers, but there are some aspects of the job that are notoriously risky. In construction, there are four types of accidents that happen more than any other. These accidents are commonly referred to as the “fatal four.” Incidents involving the fatal four account for 57 percent of all construction fatalities and consist of:

 

Falls

Falls are the most common cause of fatality at construction sites. Construction workers often have to climb to extreme heights. For a one-story house, this may be 11 or 12 feet. But for larger buildings like office buildings and apartment complexes, heights can reach hundreds of feet. At these heights, workers must use proper fall protection devices. Falls from lower heights can cause broken bones, spinal cord injuries, or traumatic brain injuries, while falls from higher heights will usually result in death.

 

Struck by Object

Construction sites are noisy, dirty, and crowded. Workers often struggle to stay alert for dangers. Struck by object injuries happen when a person gets hit by an object that falls or swings. This may include large objects like beams or wrecking balls, or a worker may become injured when a smaller object such as a hand tool falls from above.

 

Electrocutions

Specialized contractors often handle discrete aspects of a construction project simultaneously, which means even if they understand all of the risks involved in their particular jobs, others on the construction site may not. Electrical work, especially, puts workers at risk. If a wire is not properly labeled, not turned off, or exposed, an unsuspecting worker can come in contact with it and sustain a severe electrical injury. Electrocutions contribute to 9 percent of construction site fatalities. Injuries may include burns, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, or organ damage.

 

Caught Between Objects

Caught between objects accounts for 2 percent of construction fatalities. These injuries happen when a person or body part becomes pinned between two or more objects, such as a piece of machinery and a building or a moving tool. The type of injury will depend on the location of the injury at the objects involved. Usually, caught in between incidents involve crush injuries, resulting in broken bones, lacerations, and amputations.

Five Reasons for Westchester Construction Accidents

The dangers on construction sites are well-known. So, why do construction accidents happen? For the most part, the answer is “human error,” especially:

  1. Poor training: Workers need to understand how to stay safe on the job. Their employers have a special responsibility to train them in safety practices and techniques on construction sites. Poor or inadequate safety training, unfortunately, puts everyone on a job site at risk of severe injury.

  2. Lack of or improper safety devices: Large volumes of regulations dictate the nature and type of safety equipment that workers should always use on a job site. Inadequate or broken safety equipment often puts workers’ lives in danger.

  3. Unsafe conditions: Rain, fog, snow, and excessive heat can all make for dangerous work conditions. When workers work in unsafe conditions, they risk accidents and injury.

  4. Defective construction materials and equipment: The raw materials workers use to lay foundations and to frame out a building, as well as the tools they use to work with those materials, should not put them at risk. Unfortunately, materials and equipment sometimes hide dangerous defects that cause accidents and injuries.

  5. Heavy workloads: Exhaustion can lead to poor decision making and lack of concentration on a construction site; factors that often lead to catastrophic accidents and injuries.

 

Six Common Construction Site Injuries

As we noted above, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, one out of every five workplace fatalities in 2018 occurred in the construction industry. The industry also has 71 percent more non-fatal injuries than any other industry. Common injuries include:

  1. Traumatic brain injuries: Traumatic brain injuries occur when the brain sustains damage from a blow or penetrating head injury. TBIs display a wide variety of symptoms, all of which can prove debilitating. A so-called “mild” TBI (a.k.a., “concussion”) can leave a victim with chronic fatigue, headaches, and “brain fog.” More severe TBIs can cause lasting motor, cognitive, and emotional impairments. In the worst cases, TBI results in a permanent loss of consciousness.

  2. Spinal cord injuries: Spinal cord injuries happen when the spinal cord sustains severe trauma, often from a violent fall. These injuries often result in paralysis and require lifelong treatment.

  3. Burns: Burns can happen as the result of contact with a hot surface, electrocution, or exposure to chemicals (among other causes). They can cause excruciating pain and leave victims with permanent scars. Severe burns pose an extreme risk of infection and can cause nerve damage and physical disabilities.

  4. Lacerations and contusions: Unfortunately, cuts, scrapes, and bruises happen frequently on a job site. While most injuries are minor, if they are not treated, they can cause infection. You should always have a doctor examine any deep cuts as they may involve nerve damage and may risk getting infected.

  5. Strains: Any worker who does heavy lifting is at risk of a strain injury. Strains happen when you overextend your ligaments or tendons. To prevent strains on the job, practice proper lifting and always use safety equipment.

  6. Broken bones: Falling from scaffolding or other construction material happens all the time at construction sites. If you fall from a substantial height then breaking a bone is a common occurrence. 

 

Westchester Construction Accident FAQ: How Our Lawyers Can Help You

The construction industry is a rewarding yet often dangerous career for carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and others. Industry workers trust that safeguards are in place to prevent them from harm or possible death. If your day on a construction site turned tragic, you may face extensive medical bills, missed time from work, or the loss of your career. In especially tragic circumstances, you may lose a close loved one forever due to a fall or other disastrous event.

At Curan & Ahlers, LLP, we fight for construction accident victims. Almost 25 years of experience, we have helped numerous clients move on from injuries and losses they sustained on construction sites. we’re fighting for the benefits you need.

Time is of the essence. Act quickly to protect your chance for compensation. Contact Curan & Ahlers, LLP, for a free case evaluation. Let a member of our team get to work for you as soon as possible.

If you’ve been injured in a construction accident in White Plains, Westchester County or surrounding areas give us a call at (914) 428-3313 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

 

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Construction Accident Attorneys in Westchester County, NY
14 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, New York 10601

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