Construction Accident

Gallo Vitucci Klar LLP’s Construction Accident Practice Group is one of the most highly regarded in the defense industry. We house one of the largest and most prestigious construction practice groups in New York and New Jersey. We work with many major insurance carriers specializing in construction claims nationwide, as well as directly for construction entities. The law firm represents project owners, developers, general contractors, construction managers, trade contractors, employers and artisans on major construction projects throughout New York City. We also represent key defendants in both the East 51st Street and East 91st Street crane collapse lawsuits.

Attorneys in the Gallo Vitucci Klar LLP Construction Accident Practice Group are remarkable for their knowledge, sophistication and aggressive approach toward highly complex construction litigation claims and their vast experience with high-exposure cases. We are experts in risk transfer and are insurance coverage specialists.

We possess extensive knowledge and experience in defending Labor Law claims and have successfully defended catastrophic personal claims, such as wrongful death and injured workers claiming inability to return to the workforce. We have successfully defended clients faced with structural defect claims, design defect claims, property damage and fire loss claims. The firm has significant experience in both prosecuting and defending construction delay litigation, wrongful termination, default, non-payment, lien law, trust fund, surety bond and other economic loss claims faced by owners and contractors.

Our insurance coverage attorneys work extensively on developing and implementing risk transfer strategies, as well as on counseling clients on coverage issues for builders’ risk, wrap-up programs (both CCIP & OCIP). Our coverage and liability counsel coordinate work to enforce and defend risk transfers through declaratory judgment and third-party enforcement claims.

New York Construction Accident Case Results

  • Successfully defeated summary judgment on Labor Law §240 (1) in a case where the plaintiff alleged that he was injured when he fell through a garbage chute from the fourth floor to the third floor at a construction site.
  • Obtained dismissal of various New York Labor Law claims in a case where the plaintiff, an iron worker, was injured while maneuvering a hydraulic jack.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims in a case where the plaintiff alleged violations of Labor Law §§200, 240 and 241(6) as a result of injuries sustained on October 3, 2008, during the course of construction work at 45 John Street, New York, New York.
  • Obtained voluntary discontinuance from all parties in a case where the plaintiff was struck in the head by a sign that had fallen from a scaffold.
  • Obtained dismissal via motion in a case where the plaintiff alleged violations of Labor Law §§200, 240 and 241(6) arising out of an accident that occurred on January 30, 2008, when he fell off of a ladder during the course of his employment for Becky Drywall Contractors at the premises located at 726 149th Street, Whitestone, NY.
  • Obtained dismissal via motion in a case where the plaintiff alleged violations of Labor Law §§ 200, 240 and 241(6) arising out of an accident that occurred in Kings County, NY, while he was working on a temporary elevator platform causing him to sustain a tear in his left Achilles and a left foot degloving injury when his left foot became caught between the building structure and the temporary elevator platform.

New Jersey Construction Accident Case Results

  • Successfully defended against the claims of an infant plaintiff and her mother who alleged that the infant plaintiff was severely and permanently injured and disabled as a result of defendants’ negligence in connection with the construction, installation, maintenance and inspection of an international company’s fiber optic cable system network. As a result of the accident, the infant plaintiff sustained injuries to her right ankle, including a fracture that required surgery and subsequently resulted in Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). The plaintiff’s settlement demand was $1.2 million. At trial, Gallo Vitucci Klar LLP successfully proved that defendants were not responsible for the accident. Our attorneys obtained a defense verdict, and the case was dismissed.