New Jersey Construction Accident Attorneys

Have You Been Injured in a New Jersey Construction Accident?

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Construction sites can be very dangerous places to work and on-site accidents result in literally thousands of injuries and fatalities each year – and that’s just in the United States. That’s why construction workers account for approximately one in five workplace fatalities in this country.

Often, these incidents are the result of negligence on the part of the construction company. Safety engineers and safety management programs should prevent these incidents. When they’re negligent or absent, accidents occur.

Regardless of what caused a construction accident, the affected employee is entitled to some degree of compensation. If you or a loved one works in the construction industry in New Jersey and has suffered due to someone else’s negligence, contact a New Jersey construction accident lawyer. You want to know that the person helping you pursue fair compensation is thoroughly familiar with all applicable state laws.

Construction Accident Injury Benefits in NJ

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construction accident lawyerAs per the Workers Compensation Act (WCA), employees who were injured even as a result of their own actions may still be entitled to compensation. Injured workers commonly receive benefits like weekly payments and coverage for medical expenses.

Unfortunately, these benefits often fail to address the full extent of pain and suffering an individual may experience as a result of construction accident. Medical payments only cover treatments that have been deemed necessary, and weekly payments are calculated by assessing both the employee’s weekly earnings and the severity of the disability, whether it be a temporary total disability or a permanent partial disability. To ensure you get the reimbursement you deserve, you should contact a New Jersey construction accident attorney.

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    What Are the Most Common Construction Accidents in New Jersey?

    Like elsewhere in the United States, the most common construction site accidents in New Jersey generally fall into one of four categories:

    • Falls, which include tripping and falling over loose construction debris, falling from elevations, and falling objects that strike and injure innocent construction workers.
    • Collisions between construction equipment or vehicles and workers.
    • Entrapments in collapsing excavations, structures, or confined spaces.
    • Electrocutions from poorly-grounded equipment or contact with unshielded power lines or sources.

    Apart from these categories, New Jersey construction sites have also reported scaffolding and crane collapses, exposures to toxic construction materials, chemical and physical burns, and tool-related accidents from saws, nail guns, jackhammers, and other power implements,

    Many accidents leave construction workers with long-term or permanent impairments and disabilities. Workers in New Jersey have every right to recover compensation for their injuries. Regrettably, the negligent parties that cause these accidents and the insurance companies liable to pay compensation often refuse to reimburse the full amount of damages that an injured construction worker deserves to recover.

    Because of this, an experienced attorney is an injured construction worker's best resource to recover the largest available award for their economic and non-economic damages. The most effective attorneys will be thoroughly familiar with the most common types of accidents at New Jersey construction sites. They will also understand what makes these sites more prone to certain accidents.

    New Jersey's proximity to the Atlantic Coast, its varying terrain, geography, population density, and its multiplicity of zoning laws and regulations all contribute to the design and management of Garden State construction sites. Construction managers plan their sites and implement safety practices as a function of these and other factors.

    A knowledgeable New Jersey construction accident lawyer will analyze a construction site to determine if its manager or supervisor adopted reasonable safety measures given local factors to prevent the most common accidents. Failure to adopt those measures is clear proof of negligence that will justify a significant damages award.

    Damages award should reimburse the injured construction worker for all actual and anticipated medical expenses, wages that the worker is unable to earn while recovering from injuries, pain and suffering that result from injuries sustained in the accident, and all other costs that are required to make the injured worker whole. Injured workers should not hesitate to contact a construction accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident to recover maximum compensation for all negligently-inflicted constriction accident injuries.

    Third Party Liability in New Jersey Construction Accidents

    Typically, construction workers can’t sue their employers when injured on the job. However, there may be a third party responsible for the incident. There are circumstances in which liability in a workplace construction site accident can be assigned to a third party. To prove this, it helps to have the assistance of an experienced construction accident lawyer.

    Equipment manufacturers, architects, owners, and contractors may be held responsible for failing to implement sufficient safety measures. Both general contractors and subcontractors are responsible for implementing and maintaining appropriate safety measures at construction sites. Their obligations include:

    • providing warnings of potential hazards at the site
    • hiring employees who exercise caution at the site
    • coordinating job safety
    • checking that all safety specifications have been properly followed

    Companies that manufacture equipment used at construction sites are responsible for designing and maintaining safe products. It’s not uncommon for construction accidents to occur because a product was defective or dangerous.

    While it’s always dangerous to use some equipment, the risk of injury increases when proper safety measures aren’t taken. A manufacturer may be found responsible if their product resulted in death or injury. Consulting with a skilled construction accident lawyer in New Jersey can be the key to proving this liability.

    Products that can cause workplace construction site accidents include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • harnesses
    • lanyards
    • anchorage points
    • scaffolding
    • power tools
    • hoists
    • derricks
    • cranes
    • conveyors
    • woodworking tools
    • ladders
    • winches
    • trucks
    • graters
    • scrapers
    • tractors
    • bulldozers
    • forklifts
    • back hoes
    • heavy equipment
    • boilers
    • pressure vessels
    • gas detectors
    • other types of construction equipment

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    Finding the Right Construction Accident Lawyer in New Jersey

    If you’re looking for a New Jersey construction accident attorney, contact The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP at 1-800-624-8888 or submit an free online case evaluation. An experienced construction accident attorney will review your case.

    The initial case evaluation with a New Jersey construction accident lawyer is FREE. If we take your case, our team will work diligently to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. We don’t charge any legal fees unless we succeed in getting you money.

    Keep in mind, due to the Statute of Limitations, you may have to file a lawsuit before an expiration date, otherwise you could forfeit your right to compensation. That’s why it’s important to get in touch with a construction accident lawyer right away to discuss your case.

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