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Alex Nocerino
Alex Nocerino, managing partner and personal injury lawyer at Chopra & Nocerino, LLP in Garden City, NY

Alex Nocerino is a founding partner at our firm and a successful trial lawyer with roots in New York. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice. He has helped injured individuals win hundreds of millions in compensation from large corporations, government entities, and wealthy landlords. 

With 18 years of experience, he has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2019 and has a five-star Avvo rating. He is a true New Yorker and a successful trial lawyer who is unafraid to go up against even the powerful and combative defendants.

Content Last Updated:   May 30, 2024

Thousands of scaffolding accidents occur across the United States, resulting in around 50 deaths every year. New York and the surrounding region are disproportionately impacted due to the high concentration of buildings and construction projects, particularly multi-story buildings and high-rises. Despite safety measures and regulations, accidents still happen.

Falling from scaffolding, even from a low height, can lead to serious injuries. In some cases, these incidents are fatal. Victims who survive must often struggle with lengthy recoveries, life-long disabilities, and overwhelming medical bills. Fortunately, they do not need to face the legal aftermath of these accidents alone. At Chopra & Nocerino, LLP, our New York scaffolding accident attorneys have what it takes to help you secure legal compensation from the responsible parties.

Our personal injury lawyers proudly serve our community in and around New York by defending the right of injury victims to full and fair compensation. If you were injured in a scaffolding accident, visit our contact page to schedule your free consultation today. We are here to fight for you.

Compensation Available Through a Scaffolding Lawsuit in New York

If you prove a defendant’s liability for your accident and injuries, a court could order them to pay you a wide variety of compensation. For example, our attorneys can help you pursue compensation for things like:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Lowered future earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Disability, scarring, and disfigurement
  • Lowered quality of life
  • Wrongful death

The precise amount of compensation you will receive is difficult to predict and impossible to guarantee. That said, we have the skills and resources to conduct a thorough investigation of your accident and give you a good idea of what your case may be worth. Further, our experienced New York scaffolding accident lawyers are familiar with the tricky tactics insurance adjusters use to minimize the value of your claim. You can count on us to push back hard.

Is There a Deadline for Filing My New York Scaffolding Accident Lawsuit?

In New York, the statute of limitations, governing most personal injury lawsuits sets a three-year deadline for filing your claim. There are a few exceptions to this otherwise strictly enforced rule. However, to avoid the risk of having your case dismissed in court, it is best to consult with an accident attorney before relying on any potential exceptions.

Legal Rights of Scaffolding Accident Victims in New York

After being injured in a scaffolding accident, there are two primary legal routes toward compensation. If you were an employee injured on the job, you can file a New York workers’ compensation claim to offset the costs associated with your accident.

However, workers’ compensation might not be enough to make up for the full cost and impact of your injuries and losses. A personal injury claim can be a better avenue to pursue compensation from the party responsible for the accident.

In most cases, securing compensation through a personal injury claim requires proving that someone was negligent. In other words, plaintiffs must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the at-fault party’s failure to use reasonable care caused their accident and injuries.

In cases where the injured person was not an employee, an insurance claim and personal injury lawsuit may be their only route toward compensation. For example, suppose heavy equipment falls from scaffolding and strikes you as you walk down the sidewalk below. If you are not an employee, you cannot pursue a workers’ compensation claim. However, our New York scaffolding accident lawyers could help you secure compensation through a scaffolding lawsuit.

Scaffolding Rules and Regulations in New York

Because of the high risk of accidents posed by scaffolding, the use of this equipment is regulated on many levels. For example, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more commonly known as OSHA, sets forth lots of regulatory standards at the federal level. To illustrate, one OSHA rule states that scaffold planking must support its own weight and at least four times the intended load without risk of collapse.

The state of New York also sets forth lots of rules and regulations for scaffolding within its borders. One such rule states simply that scaffolding must remain clean and clear of clutter and obstructions that could result in a slip-and-fall incident.

Liability in Scaffolding Accident Cases

Multiple parties can be held liable for a scaffolding accident. Among others, liable parties may include scaffolding manufacturers, general contractors, subcontractors, construction site management companies, and property owners. On the one hand, this means that scaffolding accident lawsuits can become very complicated. On the other, it also means that plaintiffs benefit from many potential sources of liability and compensation.

Of course, proving fault for an accident depends on many factors and requires evidence. The personal injury attorneys at Chopra & Nocerino, LLP, know what evidence is needed and where to find it. We are ready to conduct a thorough investigation of your case, gather all available evidence, and build a strong claim on your behalf.

Our experienced New York scaffolding accident lawyers will guide you through every phase of your case, from gathering essential evidence and finding sources of liability to negotiating with insurers and representing you in court. Let us put our skills, experience, and resources to work for you.

Chopra & Nocerino, LLP: The Importance of Hiring an Experienced Scaffolding Accident Lawyer

Again, scaffolding accident cases can be complex and nearly always require the attention of a skilled attorney to secure optimal results. That is where our experienced New York scaffolding accident attorneys come in.

The top-notch legal team at Chopra & Nocerino, LLP, has extensive experience practicing personal injury law in New York and knows how to handle scaffolding accident cases from start to finish. We can help you navigate the ins and outs of your case while you focus on healing from your injuries and tending to your family.

To build your claim, we will draw on our in-depth knowledge of the relevant law, as well as our understanding of the tactics commonly used by defendants and their insurers to evade liability, both in settlement negotiations and in court. We also know how to calculate the true value of your claim, which will allow us to push back when the opposing party tries to diminish or deny it altogether.

The personal injury lawyers at Chopra & Nocerino, LLP, are real New Yorkers, and we do not back down when it comes to defending the rights of injury victims in our community to justice, accountability, and compensation. We are passionate about our work and strive to provide the excellent legal representation our clients need and deserve each and every time.

Excellent Personal Injury Case Results and Client Reviews

At Chopra & Nocerino, LLP, our firm is proud of the excellent results we have achieved for our clients and the solid reputation we have developed in the community. Our talented legal team strives to ensure client satisfaction, but you do not have to take our word for it. Read what our clients have to say:

  • “I can’t recommend Chopra & Nocerino enough. They took my case when no one else would and earned me a settlement that most didn’t think was possible. They have the resources of a larger firm but treat you as if you are their only client. Great firm with great lawyers, especially Alex Nocerino.” – Marty B.
  • “I couldn’t have had a better attorney on my side. They fought and got me the best outcome I could have hoped for. Anyone who hires them will not be disappointed. I recommend highly.” – Mariann C.
  • “I recently had the pleasure of working with Chopra & Nocerino, and I cannot thank them enough for the exceptional service that was provided to me.” – Paulette K.

We have secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our many happy clients, including a $550,000 settlement after an electrician fell from scaffolding in Manhattan. The fall seriously injured her right shoulder and neck.

If you were involved in a scaffolding accident, do not wait to contact us today to schedule a consultation. There is no charge to have us review your case.

Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents in New York

Construction sites are dynamic locations littered with all sorts of hazards, including scaffolding. Some of the most common causes of scaffolding incidents we see in our personal injury practice include:

  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Absence of fall protection
  • Falling objects
  • Improper installation
  • Inadequate planking
  • Lack of training
  • Failure to follow regulatory standards
  • Failure to conduct regular inspections
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Poor maintenance

These are just a few of the most common causes of scaffolding accidents. That said, every personal injury claim is unique and requires case-by-case attention from a skilled scaffolding accident attorney. Chopra & Nocerino, LLP, is here to fight for you.

When You’ve Been Hurt, Our Accident Injury Lawyers Step Up to the Plate

If you or a loved one has been injured in a New York scaffolding accident, seeking legal guidance is crucial to pursuing full and fair compensation for your injuries. The knowledgeable personal injury lawyers at Chopra & Nocerino, LLP, can help you understand your legal options and build a strong case on your behalf. Visit our contact page to schedule your free consultation today. We are here to fight for you.


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