New York City Construction Accident Lawyers

Every year, New York City spends billions of dollars on roadwork, renovations, demolitions, and other construction work. The high demand for new or updated infrastructure in NYC employs hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in the construction industry. In 2020, New York City construction employment totaled 373,800 jobs, the highest in the United States.

Unfortunately, construction sites can be dangerous for workers. Even with safety guidelines in place, construction accident injuries and fatalities still occur each year. If you or a loved one have been injured in a New York City construction accident, the injury attorneys at The Barnes Firm are here to help. Call (800) 800-0000 today for a FREE case evaluation. Our construction accident attorneys are available 24/7 to answer your questions and explain your legal options after an accident.

We Specialize in Helping Construction Accident Victims Across NYC

After being injured in a construction accident, you may be out of work and unable to pay for rent, bills, groceries, or medical attention. Getting financial compensation to assist with your injuries is essential to get your life back on track. However, getting compensation can often be an uphill battle, because insurance companies and negligent parties will likely offer you less than you deserve for your injuries. That is why it’s crucial to have an experienced construction accident lawyer fighting on your behalf.

With over 100 years of combined experience representing injured construction workers, our team of New York City construction accident lawyers at The Barnes Firm have the knowledge to help you get the best result possible for your case.

Types of NYC Construction Accident Cases We Handle

At The Barnes Firm, our experienced construction accident attorneys are equipped to handle any type of construction accident injury case, no matter the cause. Our attorneys have identified that some of the most common causes of construction accidents include:

  • Slip and Falls
  • Falling objects and debris
  • Electrocutions
  • Scaffolding collapse
  • Roof and ladder falls
  • Crane accidents
  • Caught in or between objects
  • Fires and explosions
  • Forklift accidents
  • Elevator accidents
  • Building collapse
  • Brazing or welding accidents
  • Toxic chemicals
  • Dangerous equipment & machinery
  • Nail gun accidents

Construction site owners and operators have the duty to assure all safety guidelines are followed and in place to prevent construction accidents from occurring. If you or a loved one have been injured in a New York City construction accident, call The Barnes Firm at (800) 800-0000 and speak to with an construction accident attorney today.

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Common Injuries from Construction Accidents

The extent of construction accident injuries can range from cuts, scrapes, and bruises to severe, life-changing injuries. The most common injuries workers experience in construction accidents include:

No matter the extent of your injuries, you are entitled to receive fair compensation after a construction accident. The Barnes Firm will ensure you receive high-quality legal representation for your construction accident case and will work to help you get the best result possible.

New York State Construction Labor Laws

New York State has specific labor laws to provide construction workers the right to safe working conditions and safe equipment. Property owners and construction contractors must take steps to ensure work sites are safe and workers have the necessary safety equipment to do their job.

Section 200

Section 200 of New York State labor law requires owners and contractors to “provide reasonable and adequate protection to the lives, health and safety of all persons employed therein or lawfully frequenting such places. All machinery, equipment, and devices in such places shall be so placed, operated, guarded, and lighted as to provide reasonable and adequate protection to all such persons.” This section also states when an owner or contractor finds a piece of equipment to be dangerous, they must attach a notice warning of dangers and fix the dangerous conditions.

Section 240

Section 240 is known as the “Scaffolding Law,” and provides guidelines for using scaffolding on job sites including:[1]

  • Scaffolding more than 20 feet off the ground must have a safety rail attached and secured at least 34 inches high extending the length of the outside
  • Scaffolding must be constructed to bear four times the maximum weight required
  • Scaffolding must be erected, secured, and fastened on the job site

Section 241

Labor Law Section 241 requires that workers are protected from safety hazards that could result in an injury. This includes enclosing elevator shafts, ensuring floors are planked over, and putting proper equipment in place to prevent slip, trip and fall accidents.

These laws are in place to keep construction job sites and construction workers safe. If you have been injured because a property owner or contractor has ignored these guidelines, you may be able to receive financial compensation for your injuries. If your employer violated these laws, call The Barnes Firm today and let us help you get the best result possible.

Who is Liable in a Construction Accident?

After a construction accident, you typically cannot sue your employer for compensation. Filing a worker’s compensation claim allows you to pursue compensation from your employer. If a third party contributed to your injuries, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the third party, in addition to a worker’s compensation claim against your employer. These negligent third parties may include:

  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Property owners
  • Engineers and architects

In order to hold these parties responsible, you must prove their negligence contributed to your injuries. At The Barnes Firm, our New York City construction accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate your accident and the circumstances leading up to it to determine all responsible parties. We are dedicated to helping you build a strong case and to help you get the best result possible.

Damages to Seek After a Construction Accident

Worker’s compensation claims only provide compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and disability. When you file a personal injury claim, in addition to a workers compensation claim after a construction accident, you may be entitled to additional compensation for your injuries. This additional compensation may include:

  • Current and future medical bills
  • In-home nursing care
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • PTSD
  • Permanent disfigurement

If a negligent third party contributed to your construction injury, you are entitled to receive compensation from them, and The Barnes Firm is here to help you do that. Call us today and we will launch a full investigation to see what your case is worth. Not sure you have a claim? Our New York City construction accident lawyers are available to answer any questions you may have regarding your accident, injuries, or filing a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim. Call The Barnes Firm today at (800) 800-0000 and speak to an attorney – it could be the best call you make.

What to do After a Construction Accident

The period after being injured in a construction accident can be overwhelming. After being injured in a construction accident, it is important to:

  • Call 911. After being injured call 911 immediately to report the accident and request medical attention.
  • Document the accident scene. Construction sites can change quickly. It is important to document the accident scene, including taking pictures of the construction site/equipment, any unsafe working conditions, and your injuries. If anyone witnessed your accident, make sure to document their names and get a statement of what took place.
  • Report your accident. It is critical you report your accident to your employer immediately. To file a workers compensation claim, you must notify your employer within 30 days of the accident.
  • Seek medical attention. Your health and well-being should be your top priority after a construction accident. Make sure to keep all medical records and bills after an accident, these can be important factors in your case.

After a construction accident, call an experienced construction accident attorney at The Barnes Firm. We will investigate the accident to determine who is at fault, negotiate with insurance companies, and prepare to take your case to trial, if necessary.

How Long Do I Have to File an Injury Claim After a Construction Accident?

If a third party’s negligence contributed to your injuries, you have three years from the date of the construction accident, or the date of injury discovery, to file a personal injury claim. The team of New York City construction accident lawyers at The Barnes Firm can help you understand what you need to file a personal injury claim after a construction accident.

Call The Barnes Firm for a FREE Case Evaluation

If you or a loved one have been hurt on a construction job site, call The Barnes Firm before you make any decisions with an insurance company. Our construction accident lawyers have been helping construction accident victims across NYC for decades and are ready to fight for you to help you get the best result possible.

Call (800) 800-0000 today for a FREE case evaluation and find out what your case is really worth – it could be the best call you make.


The team of experienced construction accident attorneys at The Barnes Firm proudly serve clients throughout the New York City area including The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and surrounding neighborhoods.

New York City Office Location

420 Lexington Avenue
Suite #2140
New York, NY 10170

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“I retained the Barnes Firm, Jordan Finkelstein, after a an accident at a construction site. Jordan Finkelstein was, to say the least, fantastic. They worked hard on my case and got me a great settlement. I highly recommend the Barnes Firm.”

Albert R.

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“Alex Bouganim from The Barnes Firm was amazing. He was extremely knowledgeable and took the time to explain the details of my injury lawsuit. I would highly recommend him!!”

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“Josh Olmstead won my accident lawsuit. I’m very grateful to him and his paralegal, Michelle, who kept me informed and made me and my case feel important. I recommend Josh, Michelle and the Barnes Firm to anyone in need of an accident attorney.”

Kathy Z.

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“Excellent Attorney! Aybike Donuk was so helpful to me in so many ways. She walked me through the case step by step. That made me feel very confident that I had the right lawyer for the job. She was extremely knowledgeable, proactive, and very diligent. I highly recommend her services to anyone needing a lawyer to handle their case.”

Latasha C.

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“Using The Barnes Firm for my accident case was the best decision ever. They were very helpful in getting me the satisfaction I needed from the wrong party involved in the accident, they got me more than I expected. They did an amazing job and was very helpful with getting everything in order and I am so thankful to have chosen them.”

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