For more than three decades, Seiden & Kaufman has represented workers who have tripped due to a hole or debris on the jobsite or who have fallen off of faulty ladders, defective scaffolds, unprotected roofs, etc. Seiden & Kaufman has recovered millions of dollars for injured construction workers. Additionally, our appellate work has helped shape the law that protects workers.
Seiden & Kaufman understands the many challenges construction workers face daily on job sites. A laborer might be forced to choose between performing a required task with faulty equipment or risk losing his or her job. There are various New York State Labor Laws and Industrial Code Regulations that specifically address the proper protection and safety equipment that must be provided to workers.
When a worker sustains an injury on a job site, the consequences of the worker’s injury can be devastating not only because of the actual physical injury, but also because the demands of the particular job make it more difficult for the worker to return to that line of work. A knee injury will be substantially more devastating to a laborer who needs to kneel daily than to an employee who works behind a desk.
When an injured laborer is a union member and unable to return to work, the loss of union benefits combined with the lost income could total millions of dollars.
Seiden & Kaufman works with top construction experts to establish the liability of the property owner, general contractor, and subcontractor. Likewise, Seiden & Kaufman has a network of highly credentialed vocational rehabilitation experts, economists, and physicians to assist in proving the full extent of the worker’s damages.
Although New York State Labor Law §240 has always held property owners and general contractors completely liable to laborers injured in falls from elevated heights while working on construction sites, Seiden & Kaufman convinced the New York State Supreme Court, the Appellate Division, and the Court of Appeals (New York State’s highest court) that Labor Law §240 should also protect window cleaners in non-construction settings. As a direct result of successful appeals to the Appellate Division and the Court of Appeals, Seiden & Kaufman paved the way for window cleaners to have the same extraordinary protection provided by Labor Law §240 that construction site workers had received for decades.
Labor Law §240 demands that any laborer performing work involving construction, demolition, alterations, repairs, painting, and now window cleaning, be provided with proper protection to prevent a fall from a height.
Additionally, Seiden & Kaufman has won numerous summary judgment motions for laborers, leaving only the total monetary amount to be awarded to the worker for the jury to decide.
Seiden & Kaufman understands the unique attributes of the construction industry and the devastating financial, emotional, and physical impact that injuries can have on a laborer.
Generally, the benefits a worker receives from the workers’ compensation carrier are inadequate and minimal, particularly in light of the additional compensation that Seiden & Kaufman can obtain.
If you have been injured while performing any type of work including construction, demolition, renovation, alteration, painting, cleaning, roofing etc., please call Seiden & Kaufman immediately for a free consultation.