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The attorneys at the Bongiorno Law Firm, PLLC, have recovered millions of dollars for clients who have been killed, seriously injured or disabled as a result of negligent and wrongful conduct of others.

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Construction Accidents Victims Rights

Justice for All: Construction Accident Victims Have Rights

When a 27-year-old Jersey City man headed into Manhattan early one morning last fall, he had no idea that a tragic construction accident would claim his life just hours later. The victim was hard at work helping convert a parking lot into a massive new Midtown hotel when a giant piece of concrete came loose, pinning the worker beneath the slab. While workers rushed to the scene and valiantly tried to save the man's life, they were unable to free him while he was still alive.


On construction sites, taking risks with safety can be fatal


As is the case in many other New York construction accidents, the worksite in question had already been cited by officials for safety violations. In this case, only a month earlier the construction site was completely shut down, which was not the first complaint that required investigation. In a contemporaneous report in The New York Times, the practices of the construction site's owner were called into question noting that he has been criticized by community boards and unions for his "risky and freewheeling" business and construction methods. With more than 200 building violations since 2006, the construction company owner's safety record certainly leaves much to be desired.


Permanent disabilities


Serious construction accidents don't always result in fatalities, frequently leaving victims permanently disabled with life-changing injuries. Not least of all, many construction accident victims are unable to continuing working in the same capacity, with their earning capacity diminished or completely eliminated. Those who have been injured at work due to the negligence of contractors, construction companies, and other parties are entitled to compensation.


Injured works and their families need caring advocates


While New York's workers' compensation laws generally prevent employees and their families from suing employers, there are often a number of other third parties that may be legally responsible for construction site accidents. Such parties include manufacturers of defective or malfunctioning machinery, property owners, and contractors. Without the assistance of vigilant legal counsel, injured workers and their families may not receive the compensation to which they are entitled under the law.


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Despite Good Cheer, Divorces Spike Around Holiday Times


When most people think of the holiday season, images of family gatherings, feasting, and good cheer enter their minds. The reality unfortunately involves a much less rosy picture, with statistics indicating that divorce rates increase significantly during the period surrounding the winter holidays. Indeed, according to some statistics, divorce filings increase by over 30% in January. While various explanations for this phenomenon have been offered, the fact remains that many lawyers actually refer to the first day back to work after the holidays as "Divorce Monday."


Post-holiday divorce a longstanding tradition


Notwithstanding that statistics regarding holiday-time divorce only began to be compiled within the last 10 years, a leading history professor recently discovered that the January divorce trend actually dates back to the 14th Century. By studying litigation records from medieval church courts, the professor determined that one-third of the litigation heard by the church courts was initiated in January. With these results in mind, it appears that Divorce Monday is hardly a new phenomenon.


What causes seasonal spikes in divorce rates?


While the reasons for divorces are as varied as the personalities of the spouses seeking marital dissolution, several key reasons have been proposed for post-holiday divorces. Some spouses attempt to "keep the family together" through the holiday season, until children are back in school and work routines resume. When life gets back to normal, Yuletide ceasefires may crumble and give way to New Year's resolutions to move on with life. Other experts suggest that the financial strain many families experience during the holidays can be the straw that breaks the camel's back. On the other hand, when finances return to normal after holiday spending, some couples discover in January that they can now "afford" to get divorced.


Holidays can become low point


In light of the drastic increases in divorce around the holidays, this period can become particularly painful for divorced spouses and their children. Families going through divorces during this period and those facing their first few post-divorce holiday seasons should remember that emotions may be raw as the holidays roll around. During these times, it's particularly important to keep children's feelings in mind and attempt to treat all family members with respect, even when this is difficult.



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For a laborer who sustained a broken leg because of improperly stacked sheetrock.


For a woman who suffered foot injuries resulting from a car accident.


 For a pedestrian who was knocked down by a car and required back surgery.


For foot injuries sustained by a woman who tripped on a walkway outside of a supermarket.


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For an iron worker who injured his Achilles heel when a pallet jack rolled down a ramp at the World Trade Center construction site.


For a man who sustained back injuries due to a car accident.


For a woman who sustained back injuries caused by a car accident.


For a woman who injured her shoulder in a car accident.


For a mentally and physically disabled boy who was inadequately supervised while attending a school for special children.


Obtained for a young man who slipped and fell on snow and ice at a car wash resulting in a fractured tibia/fibula.


Obtained for a man who sustained shoulder injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident.


Obtained for a construction worker who sustained injuries to his foot as a result of defendant's violations of New York State Labor Laws on the construction site.


Obtained for a young woman who sustained knee injuries in an auto accident.

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For catastrophic burn injuries due to accidental fire in building with electrical violations.

$11 Million

Obtained for a construction worker who sustained an amputated leg as a result of defendants' violation of several New York State Labor Laws at the construction site.

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Reached during trial for our client who sustained erectile dysfunction as a result of a fall caused by the fault of the New York City Transit Authority and the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

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Obtained for construction worker whose foot and ankle were crushed when a lull forklift dropped a 2500 lb bundle of rebar onto his leg.


For a construction worker that sustained injuries on the job when his lower leg was ran over by an excavation machine.


For a young man that suffered head injuries when his car hit a tree after the car dealership that balanced his tires failed to properly reattach his front tire.


For a woman that was sexually abused by a police officer in the precinct.


For a woman who was run over by a car and suffered a broken ankle.


For an epileptic woman that fell out of a window that the landlord failed to equip with protective bars.


For a man struck by an automobile that suffered a fractured leg.


For a man that needed back surgery after an automobile accident at intersection with missing stop sign.


For a trip and fall accident that caused a fractured leg.


For a man that suffered a back injury due to a defective ladder.

Attorney advertisement. The results of previous cases with particular facts and law. Therefore The Bongiorno Law Firm does not, cannot and will not make any guarantee, promise or warranty that the outcome of your case will be the same or similar to previous results. Every case is different. Results in prior cases do not guarantee same.