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New York Construction Accident Lawyers

Were you or a loved one injured on a construction site in New York due to unsafe working conditions or negligence? No matter the cause of your injury, if a third-party individual or entity is responsible, the construction accident attorneys at our New York City based personal injury law firm can hold them to account, and help you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.

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Why you can trust De Caro & Kaplen, LLP with your New York construction accident case

Here are 5 reasons to choose De Caro & Kaplen, LLP to represent you in your construction accident case.

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1. We’ve been representing construction workers in New York for over 40 years

You can put your trust in our experience. Our firm’s partners, Shana De Caro and Michael Kaplen, are highly rated attorneys who have been representing construction workers for more than 40 years. In that time we have represented clients who have sustained back injuries, brain damage, fractures, electrical injuries, and burns from a variety of construction site accidents. We’ve seen it all.

2. We understand the complexities of labor law in New York

We’re knowledgeable about complex New York labor laws, OSHA regulations, and construction codes and practices. This insight will help us prove why the contractor, employer, manufacturer, or other party is to blame for your injuries.

3. You’ll work with a dedicated lawyer

You’ll work with a dedicated lawyer who always treats your case like a top priority. You can expect open communication, honest answers to your questions, and compassionate support throughout your legal experience.

4. We’re prepared to go the distance

Unlike some other law firms, we’re fully prepared to go to court to recover full compensation for your injuries. We prepare every case as if it will go to trial and if a satisfactory settlement is not forthcoming we’ll fight your corner in court.

5. You’ll only pay us if we win

We work on a contingency basis, which means there are no up-front fees when you hire us for your construction accident case. Our fee is completely dependent on successfully recovering compensation for you.

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Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to get you the justice and compensation you deserve for your construction accident in New York, and we invite you to consult our personal injury law firm to discuss and review your case.

You can telephone us toll free for a no obligation, free consultation at (866) 272 4652, text us at 833 227-1410 or use our contact form here.

What types of construction accident cases can we accept?

We can accept all construction accident cases where another individual or entity is responsible for your injuries. Common injury causes include:

  • Falling on a construction site
  • Falling from unsafe scaffolds and ladders
  • Crane accidents
  • Electrical shock & electrocution
  • Faulty equipment
  • Safety violations
  • Failure to provide safety devices
  • Falling from roofs
  • Objects falling from high places
  • Falling through holes and faulty flooring
  • Forklift accidents
  • Gas explosions
  • Cutting accidents

But no matter the cause of your construction site injury, if someone is to blame, our attorneys will hold them accountable.

Contact us today to discuss your case.

How much compensation can you expect to receive for your injuries?

Every construction accident case is unique. And the compensation you are entitled to will depend on the specifics of your injury, and the negligence or recklessness of those responsible.

But below are some examples of previous verdicts and settlements achieved by our firm on behalf of clients who have sustained an injury on a New York construction site.

  • $4,250,000 wrongful death award to the family of a construction worker securing a crane’s load who was electrocuted and killed when a crane struck an overhead power line
  • $2,480,000 settlement during trial for orthopedic injuries sustained by a construction worker who fell from an unsafe ladder
  • $1,900,000 settlement for a bridge painter who fell and sustained a fractured ankle because he was not provided with a safety harness
  • $225,000 settlement for rotator cuff injury to construction worker as a result of a fall in an ice-covered parking lot. 

Do not settle for workers’ comp. You may be entitled to much more

It’s common knowledge that if construction workers are hurt on the job, they can collect Workers’ Compensation benefits. But that’s not necessarily the end of the story. Anyone injured at work may also be entitled to file a personal injury claim. Here are the main differences between Workers’ Compensation and a personal injury claim:

Workers’ Compensation – limited benefits and no need to prove fault

With Workers’ Compensation, there is no need to prove fault in order to collect weekly benefits. But these benefits are limited. They only compensate you for lost wages, medical bills, and permanent impairment.

Personal Injury Claim – full compensation for your injuries, and full accountability for those responsible

In order to recover damages through a personal injury claim, your attorney must prove that another party—such as the construction site owner, building owner, general contractor, or subcontractor—was negligent or reckless. A personal injury claim seeks to recover all of the damages you’ve had to deal with due to your bodily or brain injury. You can seek compensation for pain and suffering, loss of life’s pleasures, lost earning capacity, and even future medical and rehabilitation costs.

Important: You may still be able to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit if you have already accepted Workers’ Compensation

Maybe you were told that accepting Workers’ Compensation benefits prevents you from suing. But this isn’t always true. Whether you were hurt on a construction site, factory floor, or other location, it may be possible to bring a claim or lawsuit to recover additional and substantial compensation. This would be above and beyond any workers’ compensation benefits you receive. Consult our personal injury lawyers today.

Who can be held liable for your construction accident in New York city?

Any individual or entity whose negligence has contributed to injury on a construction site may be liable, including:

General Contractors

General contractors are responsible for overseeing construction projects, ensuring that their sites are safe for workers, and that all safety protocols are fully understood and adhered to.

Property Owners

Property owners have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment for construction workers undertaking construction or renovation work on their premises, and in some cases may be held accountable for injuries.


Subcontractors have the same responsibility as general contractors to maintain a safe working environment for workers. If an injury occurs due to the negligence of a subcontractor, they can be held accountable.

Architects and Engineers

Architects and engineers who design buildings and structures must adhere to professional standards. If their designs or inspections contribute to accidents they can be held accountable.

Equipment Manufacturers

If a construction worker is injured due to faulty equipment, the manufacturer or supplier may be held liable in some cases. However if the equipment has not been properly maintained, liability is likely to fall on the contractor, employer, or property owner.

Government Agencies

In some cases, government agencies responsible for inspecting and regulating construction sites may share liability if they fail to enforce safety regulations or conduct adequate inspections.

How common are construction accidents and injuries in New York City?

  • In 2019, 565 construction accidents were reported in New York City
  • In the same year, construction accidents resulted in 595 injuries and 12 deaths.
  • Manhattan is the New York borough which records the highest number of construction accidents, injuries, and deaths annually.
  • Worker falls are the most common individually reported construction accident cause.

Is there a time limit on filing a construction accident claim in New York?

Most construction accidents would fall under “Other negligence resulting in personal injury” which in New York has a time limit of 3 years from the date of the incident to start a legal case.

But in all personal injury cases it is better to begin the legal process as soon as possible, and we would invite you to contact us to discuss your construction accident case at the earliest opportunity.

Areas we serve

Our construction accident lawyers serve the entire State of New York including New York City, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens. We also serve Nassau and Suffolk, Rockland, Westchester Counties, Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse and surrounding areas.

We’re ready to assist with your NYC construction accident case

All construction workers deserve a safe work site, safe working conditions, and safe equipment. When brain trauma or other serious personal injuries occur, De Caro & Kaplen, LLP is prepared to represent you in a court of law to obtain fair and full compensation for your hardships. Here, we’re not just attorneys—we’re client advocates who genuinely care about helping you reach a better place in your life.

You pay no legal fees up front to hire us. Payment is only due when we win a favorable settlement or verdict for your case. Don’t wait—talk to our firm today.

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