A construction accident in New York City earlier this month left a man fighting for his life in an area hospital. The accident happened on August 3rd at an Upper East Side townhouse renovation project. The man was working on one of the upper stories on a temporary plank flooring when something went terribly wrong. He fell through the floor and tumbled into the basement of the building.
The building is a 7-story structure but it’s unclear on which floor the man was working at the time. Regardless, he was rescued by EMTs and rushed to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. Medical professionals were able to stabilize him and he is expected to survive but there is no way to know how his injuries will affect him in the long-term.
The Department of Buildings immediately launched an investigation into this fall from heights accident in Manhattan to determine whether the contractor in charge of the renovation project had been following all mandated safety precautions at the time of the action. A spokesperson for the DOB told reporters that the agency may take enforcement action against the contractor pending the results of the investigation.
Meanwhile, the worker is recovering, out of work, and suffering. A civil lawsuit can help victims of construction accidents get the compensation they deserve. Accident victims are entitled to recover for the pain and suffering of their injuries, unpaid medical expenses including long-term care such as physical therapy and rehabilitation, lost wages leading into the future and any other health related or out of pocket expenses. A knowledgeable and experienced construction accident attorney will invoke the New York Labor Law which holds property owners and general contractors for the project absolutely liable for an accident when certain safety measures are not followed or in place regardless of the actions of the worker.
If you’ve been injured at a job site in New York, contact an experienced construction accident attorney in New York City right now. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 today.