Notice of Claims — Things You Should Know

New York City Personal Injury and Notice of Claim Legal Help

Bringing Over 120 Years of Combined Personal Injury Law Legal Experience to New York City Residents

When you experience a personal injury or lose a loved one in an accident in New York City, many legal steps need to be taken on your road to a successful bid for financial compensation. One important step is to file a Notice of Claim.

A Notice of Claim may have to be filed depending on the nature of the claim. For instance:

  • Were you injured by a police officer or other law enforcement official? A Notice of Claim needs to be filed, and every jurisdiction has its own rules as to where, specifically, the Notice of Claim must be filed. If it is filed it in the wrong place the Notice of Claim becomes invalid!
  • Were you injured in a car or truck accident or as a pedestrian? Notice requirements depend on who the other party is, i.e. a taxi company, a city-owned vehicle, a bus, a subway train or an 18-wheeler or commercial vehicle. A publicly- or quasi-publicly-owned vehicle will require a Notice of Claim.
  • Were you injured on dangerous property or by an unsafe product? Defendants and insurers must be identified and contacted. Again, publicly and quasi-publicly-owned property will require a Notice of Claim to be filed with the proper authority. Each public entity has its own requirement as to when and where the Notice of Claim must be filed before a lawsuit can be started!
  • Were you injured on the job? Accident reports must be filed with insurers and, perhaps, the workers’ compensation system must be notified

Contact The Orlow Firm Today

At The Orlow Firm, we have helped injured New Yorkers since 1981 by founding lawyer Steve Orlow, who has practiced law since 1969. We can take away the confusion at a difficult time by handling Notice of Claim requirements and by fully handling your personal injury case. And we combine our hands-on and helpful service with a focus on results. We have recovered many millions of dollars of cumulative compensation for clients, including several seven-figure awards.

We offer free initial consultations, work exclusively on a contingency-fee basis and can go to you if you cannot come to us.

To contact a New York personal injury attorney at our firm, call (646) 647-3398.

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Safety Code Violations

Have You Been Injured Due to a Safety Code Violation?

Construction is heavily regulated, and for good reason. It’s dangerous. When safety is ignored at construction sites, both construction workers and passersby can be seriously injured or killed. Safety is the primary reason behind New York City’s strict building code, and violations of the code cause or contribute to many serious injuries and deaths at construction sites.

If you have been injured in a construction site accident and suspect that a safety code violation was a factor, the New York construction accident attorneys at The Orlow Firm can help. We have more than 30 years of experience investigating and holding building owners, contractors and others responsible for construction accidents.

Our father-and-sons legal team represents workers injured in construction accidents throughout New York City, including Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx. Contact us online or call (646) 647-3398 for a free consultation.

Code Violations Have Consequences

Building owners and contractors must usually obtain permits and submit to inspections by the city for construction work. When the New York City Buildings Department finds hazardous or unsafe conditions, it issues a stop work order. Thousands of these orders are issued each year, but construction workers and others continue to suffer serious and sometimes fatal injuries as a result of safety code violations.

Our law firm can help with injuries that result from:

  • Health and sanitation violations
  • Faulty plumbing
  • Faulty electrical wiring
  • Failing to obtain a permit
  • Slippery conditions
  • Unsafe entries
  • Inadequately secured ladders and scaffolds
  • Exposed holes with no warning signs
  • Inadequate safety equipment

If you have been injured on a work site, our law firm can help you. We can refer you to a skilled workers’ compensation lawyer, and we will thoroughly investigate your accident for a third-party liability claim stemming from a code violation or another careless or negligent act.

Contact The Orlow Firm

To learn more about how we can help you with a potential claim based on a code violation, contact our law firm for a free consultation. Our personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will owe us no attorney’s fees unless we obtain compensation for your claim.

Call (646) 647-3398 or contact us online.

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Improperly Assembled Scaffolding Accidents in NYC

Helping Injured Construction Workers Since 1981

Few circumstances pose a more dangerous threat to construction workers’ safety than unsafe scaffolding. Once scaffolding is assembled, dozens or even hundreds of workers may climb it daily. One error, made hours, days or weeks ago, can eventually lead to serious injuries or wrongful death when the scaffolding fails.

The New York construction accident attorneys of The Orlow Firm have handled thousands of personal injury cases since Steve Orlow founded our firm more than 30 years ago. We are committed to protecting clients’ rights following scaffolding accidents and have recovered significant awards for injured construction workers both through negotiated settlements and jury verdicts.

For experienced lawyers following scaffolding accidents and other construction site accidents, contact The Orlow Firm. Call (646) 647-3398 or contact us online.

Improperly Assembled Scaffolding and Construction Site Accidents


Following injuries at a construction site in a scaffolding accident, we can conduct a full investigation. We can help when scaffold injuries occur due to:

  • Unsecured connections
  • Defects
  • Toppling when built on uneven or soft ground
  • Lack of safety rails and other safety features
  • Assemblage by untrained employees
  • Other problems with scaffolding

New York Scaffolding Laws Protect Injured Workers

Under New York Labor Law 240(1), all contractors and owners, except for owners of one- and two-family dwellings who contract for work but do not oversee the work, are strictly liable for injuries to workers in scaffolding accidents. These legal measures give workers injured in scaffolding accidents extra protections outside of workers’ compensation.

Contact The Orlow Firm

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an accident caused by improperly assembled scaffolding, don’t accept anything less than the personal attention you deserve. At The Orlow Firm, you will always work with a named partner of the firm. We believe you should expect nothing less. To learn how our clients feel about working with us, check out our verdicts and settlements and our client testimonials.

We offer free initial consultations and operate four offices across New York City for your convenience. We can go to you if you cannot come to us.

To contact us, call (646) 647-3398 or visit our contact page for more information.

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Injuries Caused By Unsafe Ladders

Helping Construction Workers Since 1981

Whenever you leave the safety of the ground by climbing a ladder, you face inherent risks. These risks must be carefully managed and alleviated by employers on residential and commercial construction sites. Employers that fail to do so face the possibility of a lawsuit by injured workers who deserve a safe work environment.

The New York construction accident attorneys of The Orlow Firm have worked with thousands of injured people since 1981. We truly care for each of our clients and we treat each of our cases as the most important case we have. This helps us get our clients the results they deserve.

Contact The Orlow Firm at (646) 647-3398 or contact us online for committed legal representation backed by decades of experience and a long track record of success.

Unsafe and Faulty Ladders on Construction Sites

Is your injury due to:

  • A damaged or defective ladder?
  • The lack of an available ladder that is appropriate for the task you are required to perform?
  • Unstable or uneven ground?
  • A broken rung?
  • Contact with a power line?
  • An accident occurring while the ladder is being raised, lowered or moved?

If so, the Orlow Firm may be able to help you. If you are like many injured workers, you may believe your rights to compensation following construction site injuries are limited to workers’ compensation benefits. However, you may be able to pursue additional compensation through a third-party claim. Our attorneys have significant experience handling third-party claims for injured workers.

Third-Party Claims May Be Available

Third-party claims are filed against parties other than your employer, like owners, contractors and subcontractors that may be responsible or partially responsible for the accident. Third-party claims are not filed instead of a workers’ compensation claim, but in addition to a workers’ compensation claim.

Third-party claims almost invariably involve significantly more compensation than a workers’ compensation claim. New York Labor Law 240 places strict liability on contractors and owners for injuries caused by faulty ladders or scaffolding. This law allows for construction workers injured by unsafe or faulty ladders to obtain full compensation for their injuries.

Contact The Orlow Firm Today

Contact the New York City construction accident lawyers of The Orlow Firm for a free case evaluation. We offer free initial consultations and operate four offices across New York City for your convenience. We can go to you if you cannot come to us.

To contact us, call (646) 647-3398 or contact us online.

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Injuries Caused by Being Run Over by Operating Equipment

Has a Loved One Been Hit by Construction Equipment?

Construction sites are full of heavy, powerful operating equipment. In an accident with a worker or another person on a construction site, operating equipment often causes catastrophic or fatal injuries, leaving families to struggle with high bills, pain and suffering and questions about the future.

If you have been injured by operating equipment at a construction site, the attorneys at The Orlow Firm can provide you with experienced representation that helps you get the results you deserve. We understand that no case or client is the same, and we provide the personal, individualized representation that our clients need.

Have you been injured by moving equipment at a construction site? Call (646) 647-3398 or contact us online for a free consultation.

Help for Injured Construction Workers

The lawyers of The Orlow Firm understand the hazards that large vehicles can present on a construction site. Blind spots, improper loading and unloading and careless operation all lead to injuries for numerous construction workers each year in the New York City area. We can help workers who have been run over or suffered other injuries involving vehicles and operating equipment on construction sites such as:

  • Cars and trucks
  • Forklifts
  • Cranes
  • Graters, dump trucks, bulldozers, steamrollers and other vehicles and moving equipment

Injured employees generally know that workers’ compensation benefits are available after a car accident. However, workers may have additional opportunities for money damages. Third-party claims, which are filed against someone other than an employer or co-worker, can result in higher damage awards than workers’ compensation.

Experienced and Caring Lawyers

The New York construction accident attorneys at The Orlow Firm have been representing injured people in the New York City area since 1981. We have helped thousands of clients obtain the compensation they need after serious accidents. We know that successfully handling a construction site injury case requires more from your attorney than experience and comprehensive legal knowledge.

Your attorney must also work diligently to recover maximum compensation while providing supportive client service. Your attorney must be able to help you deal with the stress of injuries and disruption to your career. At The Orlow Firm, we focus on both legal knowledge and client service, as our significant verdicts and settlements and client testimonials show.

“[The Orlow lawyers] care about the people they represent; you don’t feel like you are just a client. After my surgery, they called me to wish me a prompt recovery.” — A satisfied client

Contact The Orlow Firm

For more information regarding our firm and your rights following a construction site accident, contact The Orlow Firm for experienced personal injury legal representation. We offer free initial consultations and operate four offices across New York City for your convenience. We can go to you if you cannot come to us.

To contact a lawyer, call (646) 647-3398 or contact us online.

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