Construction is one of the largest industries in the United States, especially in New York, and it remains one of the most dangerous jobs. Dangerous working conditions and inadequate safety equipment are usually the factors that contribute to construction accidents on a daily basis. The failure to provide safety harnesses, fall arrest systems, netting, scaffolds or other safety devices often results in injury or death.
Steven Schwartzapfel, the founder of Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C., has successfully represented thousands of workers injured in construction accidents. Steven has handled all kinds of construction accident cases, including falls from height, electrocution, falling object injuries, excavation and trenching.
Unfortunately, workers’ compensation rarely provides enough money for all the damages sustained due to an accident. As a general rule, New YorkState law prohibits employees from suing their employers for injuries sustained in a construction accident. However, many workplace injuries on construction sites are caused by parties other than the employer and in those cases, a legal action can be brought against that entity. Responsible parties for construction injuries may include the owner of the building or structure, the contractor, the construction manager and equipment manufacturers. The benefit to a third-party lawsuit is that an injured construction worker can collect additional money beyond the limited amounts available under the Workers’ Compensation system. One may be entitled to money for both past and future pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of Social Security income and loss of health care benefits.
Steven has been handling complex construction litigation cases for over three decades. He not only understands New YorkState labor laws but lectures to attorneys and judges on New YorkState construction accidents and labor laws. Steven has extensive experience in construction litigation and he knows how to best maximize financial recovery. Steven is always well-prepared and eager to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients. He develops a plan and a strategy for every case. When suffering a severe injury as a result of a construction accident it is important to have a highly experienced and credentialed lawyer to stand by you and fight for you. Steven represents workers from Elevator Constructors Local 1, Laborers Local 128, Sheet Metal Workers #28 and Sheet Metal Workers #137.
Steven is a strong believer in helping others in need and giving back. Steven’s commitment to helping others extends beyond his clients. Giving back to the community and supporting those less fortunate is a prominent characteristic of Steven. He takes pleasure in participating in charities and supporting different kinds of organizations. Most notably, he supports an organization called Helmets to Hardhats. This organization helps military members make an easier transition to jobs in the construction industry. Steven supports and makes donations to several other charities including, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, St. Jude, American Heart Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Juvenile Delinquency Alzheimer’s Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Island Harvest and American Parkinson Disease Association.