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Construction Accident Lawyers

Construction Accident Lawyers in Elmira, New York

Welcome to Ziff Law Firm, LLP’s construction accident webpage. This page is designed to inform the victims of construction site accidents and their families about their legal rights and how to protect them. We have a proven track record of achieving great results on behalf of our clients.

For over 50 years, the firm of Ziff Law Firm has provided skilled, aggressive and ethical legal services to residents of New York and Pennsylvania. In addition to representing victims of construction injuries, our team of 10 attorneys and other legal professionals offers the full-range of legal services. By combining demonstrated skill with strong resources, we have been able to prove even the most challenging personal injury cases to help our clients receive fair compensation. We appreciate the deep trust that our clients place in us and we work hard to maintain that trust by supporting our client’s goals and objectives. If you have been injured in a construction site accident or are the family of an accident victim and would like to pursue a claim, you need expert legal advice. Please contact Ziff Law Firm today. We are committed to doing the best possible job for every client in every case.

The law requires that construction companies ensure a reasonably safe site, develop and implement safety programs, inspect each site for safety compliance, coordinate job safety, warn of hazards related to the site and work, and prescribe the necessary protective equipment. In spite of these regulations, construction site work remains one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States today. Construction accidents continue to kill or injure thousands each year, with the majority of injuries and fatalities associated with electrocutions and falls. Other hazards at construction sites include:

  • Dangerous and defective machines
  • Crane and scaffolding accidents
  • Mechanical and chemical handling of compressed gas
  • Logging accidents
  • Welding, cutting and brazing injuries

Many construction accident or injury cases involve several potential third party defendants. Third party negligence is the legal term to assign liability for insufficient safety provisions or negligence to the construction company owners, architects, general contractors, subcontractors, and insurance providers. Construction equipment makers may also be found negligent if injuries are caused by the defective design and manufacture of their products ranging range from power tools to scaffolding to heavy equipment.

In spite of these regulations, construction site work remains one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States today

In any personal injury case, negligence must be proven and it must be established that the injury was caused by that negligence in order for a damage award to be made. If you believe that you have the grounds for a lawsuit, it is critical that you contact an attorney immediately to protect your rights. An expert attorney can prove the critical elements of negligence including 1) the defendant had a duty to you, 2) the defendant failed in that duty, and 3) your injury was caused by the defendants’ breach of duty and that damages resulted from the injury.

The experienced attorneys at Ziff Law Firm know how to investigate, develop and present compelling personal injury cases. We also understand how to assess damages based on your injury, our experience with the judicial system, and our knowledge of damage awards. While proving physical, mental or emotional damage cases can be difficult, you can significantly improve your chances of receiving compensation by working with the proven team at Ziff Law Firm. Please contact us at 607–733-8866 or via our online contact form.


  • I would like to personally Thank everyone at the Ziff Law Firm, especially Karen Wheadon for all that they have done for me regarding an injury that I sustained during a motor vehicle accident. Karen and Jim were very understanding and thoughtful when it came to my needs. When I needed answers, Karen always found time to answer the call. Mr. Reed is a very knowledgeable person when it comes to injury claims. Without this amazing team I would have been lost, when an injury is sustained and you feel like there is no one there to help you, you don’t know where to turn. I was fortunate enough to find this team who was willing to do what it took to help guide me through this process. I can’t begin to thank them enough for the hard work, long hours and dedication that they put into my case. I would be more than happy to refer anyone whom I know to this law firm, knowing that they would put as much dedication into the next case as they did mine.

    Frank Rugiero, Elmira, NY

  • My sister in law and I were involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident approximtely 1 1/2 years ago. We were broken physically and emotionally. A friend recommended Ziff Law Firm and more specifically Mr. Jim Reed. We hired Mr. Reed and his team and it was the best decision we could have made. Jim Reed is a fantastic attorney. Just as importantly he is a fantastic person. Mr. Reed never promised us the moon. He was careful to advise us of the good and the bad that could happen. Many places will tell you anything to get you as a client. This was not the case with Mr. Reed. I found his approach full of professionalism, kindness and compassion, integrity and patience. We never waited long for an answer to questions we might have and sometimes we got our answer after hours before the weekends start. Just as important, Jim can be a fighter when the time calls for it. Not only did Jim posess these quality’s his paralegal Karen Wheadon has them also.
    If you or your family or friends are in NEED of a stellar attorney and staff, look no further than Elmira NY. Jim Reed and the staff of Ziff Law Firm is the place you want on YOUR side.

    Terri O’Rourke, Big Flats, NY

  • Adam was my attorney for an auto accident I had in 2002. From the very first day I met him I was at ease talking with him. He always called me back with’in the day if I called him for any reason. He also had me in on several occasions to discuss my case. I was also very happy with the amount of settlement he was able to get for me. I would like to Thank Adam and the whole firm for the way I was treated during my suite.

    Mitzi Raymond

  • We just have to send you a note to let you know how pleased we are with the outcome of our case. Christina is a very intelligent lady who exudes professionalism. Her compassion and kindness put us at ease from the very early days of her becoming a part of our case. We felt she truly empathized with our dilemma. She not only understood our pain and fears, she lived it with us. (You, and all of the Ziff employees we came in contact with, made us feel you were there for us because you cared).

    Larry and Diane, NY