About 2.3 million construction workers or 65 % of the construction industry, works on scaffolds frequently.  Every year, falls injure about 225,550 people and kill almost 700 workers in all industries.  Because construction companies, construction managers, general contractors and owners frequently choose to violate safety rules, OSHA regulations, Industrial Codes and Labor Laws, construction sites are among the most dangerous workplaces in the country. When these companies choose to put corporate profits before safety for workers and the public, and chose to violate good and accepted safety practices, people are needlessly and seriously harmed.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a scaffold or ladder accident, call the successful, experienced, knowledgeable, skilled and hard-working New York Scaffold and Ladder accident lawyers at Sonin & Genis.  We are proud that one of our verdicts in a personal injury case was written up as one of the top jury verdicts of the year in the National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, New York Magazine, and ALM Verdictsearch.

Unfortunately, ladder and scaffolding injuries occur regularly in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and all over the state. Falls from heights can cause devastating injuries to workers and bystanders, and their families.

There are various negligent acts or omissions that can be substantial contributing factors in causing injury, including:

  • Failure to provide adequate and proper safety netting
  • Failure to provide adequate and proper life lines, harnesses and retractors
  • Ladders or scaffolds not properly secured
  • Ladders or scaffolds not properly arranged or lacking adequate guard rails, planking or toe kicks
  • Ladder with broken rungs or defective feet
  • Failure to provide adequate and proper safety equipment and devices
  • Scaffolds with damaged guard rails, brackets, locking pins, or motors
  • Failure to provide adequate and proper training and equipment
  • Failure to perform timely, adequate and proper safety inspections
  • Malfunctioning controls and equipment

Depending on the circumstances of how someone became injured, a number of different parties may be liable, including general contractors, construction managers, owners of the property, contractors, subcontractors, installation crews, inspectors, operators, maintenance teams, equipment manufacturers, and suppliers.

You need a lawyer that understands and knows the about OSHA requirements, construction standards of care, about scaffolds and ladders, engineering, medicine and biomechanics of injury and is able to educate and teach a jury the significance and permanent consequences of these harms and losses, so that a fair jury can provide the helps and fixes that justice requires.

You need a lawyer that has the knowledge and ability to successfully cross-examine the stable of defense doctors and litigation experts that the insurance companies routinely rely on to deny liability, causation and damages to deprive injured people their fair compensation.

We are knowledgeable on the applicable safe means and methods of the different trades and laborers involved in construction, demolition, renovation and alteration, and all applicable safety rules.

We have an excellent construction, medical, forensic and engineering reference library.  We read and research medical and other journals regularly.  Our lawyers have taught Continuing Legal Education Classes and published articles on handling these types of cases and these issues.  Our knowledge, hard work and skill have enabled us to win many significant verdicts on behalf of our clients.

Sonin & Genis’ Bronx construction accident lawyers will fight for you and your family, working tirelessly to ensure that you get the justice and settlement that you deserve. Our thorough knowledge of applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements and standards  [such as Part 1910; 1926.451 – Scaffolding, 1926.1053 – Ladders, 1926.501 – Fall Protection], and New York State Labor Laws 200, 240, and 241 is yet another reason other lawyers consider us leading authorities in this field.

A skilled lawyer must also know NYS Labor Law, Sections §§27-a, 27, 29, NYS Department of Labor and the Industrial Code Rule and Part 23.

Sonin & Genis believes that every worker has a right to a safe workplace. Every worker has the right to come home uninjured and safe.


If you are the victim of a jobsite accident, immediately seek all appropriate medical attention. Health comes first! Report what happened to your employer.  Do not sign anything until you speak to a qualified construction accident lawyer.

If you or a loved one has been injured, it’s vital to hire a Bronx ladder and scaffolding accident lawyer to investigate your case, identify the guilty parties, and seek fair compensation for your pain and suffering.

Contact us as soon as possible after an accident so we can gather evidence before it disappears or destroyed, and so that your claim is filed within the statute of limitations.

There are many challenges when it comes to successfully trying a Bronx ladder and scaffolding accident case. The first issue is identifying which parties are responsible for the accident.

In order to get full compensation and a just award, it is necessary to pursue all the parties that may have contributed to the accident. The Bronx construction accident lawyers at Sonin & Genis have been winning multimillion-dollar awards for victims for more than 30 years. Known as “the heavy hitters with heart,” we treat our clients with compassion while aggressively pursuing justice in their cases.

Known as the “go-to lawyers,” we receive many cases via referral from other attorneys who trust us to win large verdicts and settlements in even the toughest cases.

Because Bronx ladder and scaffolding accidents can take such a physical and psychological toll, and because insurance companies are experts at denying compensation, you need the Bronx ladder and scaffolding accident lawyers at Sonin & Genis in your corner fighting for your rights.

New York State Law makes it almost impossible for employees to sue their employers for damages, even for work-related injuries. Workers injured in the course of their employment may be covered by Workers Compensation, but workers compensation payments do not compensate you for all of your harms and losses, and are usually only a small fraction of the actual loss of earnings suffered, and do not compensate you for the loss of valuable pension and benefits, raises and promotions, cost of living increases and collective bargaining agreements. Workers Compensation does not compensate for your pain and suffering and your loss of enjoyment of life.

Moreover, workers’ compensation may be contested by the employer, and payments may be reduced or stopped, and necessary medical treatment may be withheld.

You can receive compensation benefits through your employer’s insurance, and bring a lawsuit against someone else who may have caused or contributed to your injuries.


Scaffold and ladder accidents can cause a multitude of injuries including death, Traumatic Brain Injury, coma, internal bleeding, concussions, spine injuries and paralysis, broken bones, fractures, damages to discs, nerves, muscles and tissues in the spine, to joints and their tendons, ligaments, nerves and cartilage – especially vulnerable joints like knees, shoulders, wrists, feet, ankles and elbows. Protruding, bulging or herniated discs can be disabling. Other disabling injuries include: torn rotator cuffs to shoulders, torn meniscus and chondromalacia to knees, carpal tunnel syndrome to wrists, and other injuries.

Trauma to joints can cause or aggravate painful and disabling arthritis and degenerative joint disease. Surgery may help but not cure these injuries. Recovering from these life-altering injuries is not only painful; it requires costly and time-consuming medical treatment, doctor visits and rehabilitation.

Victims are often temporarily or permanently unable to work, or work with difficulty, limitations or restrictions and may have a diminished work life and diminished earnings because of their injuries.

It’s important to act quickly. If you or a loved one has been injured in a ladder or scaffolding accident involving property or a project owned, operated, managed, maintained, controlled or funded by a City, Municipality, County, State or Public Authority, a Notice of Claim, a legal document that explains your claim, is required, and must usually be prepared by your attorneys and served on the municipality within 90 days of injury, and sometimes even sooner.  Some lands are owned by the Federal Government and some projects are funded by the Federal Government, and it has claim requirements as well.

Because wherever possible records must be obtained and reviewed before the Notice of Claim is prepared and filed, time is of the essence and it is vital that you act quickly!

At Sonin & Genis, we know that you have more important things to worry about than getting records and preparing and filing legal documents, so we take of everything so that you can focus on taking care of your family, so call the experienced New York scaffold and ladder lawyers at Sonin & Genis.

There are short Statutes of Limitations within which to commence a lawsuit to protect your rights, so it is important to act quickly!

If you or a loved one has been the victim of construction site accident, call Sonin & Genis (718-561-4444) to speak to an expert Bronx ladder and scaffold accident lawyer today.

*Sonin & Genis has taught CLE classes on ladder and scaffolding accident cases