Construction Accident Attorneys in New Jersey
It seems like New Jersey is always under construction, whether it be commercial buildings, roads, or homes. Unfortunately, accidents frequently happen on construction sites and when they do, workers and bystanders can become seriously injured. If you have been seriously injured on a construction site, it is important to think about your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and emotional suffering. The Law Offices of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. has years of experience guiding clients through each step of the personal injury claims process. Contact our firm today to discuss your case.
Common Causes of Construction Site Accidents
Construction sites are comprised of many moving parts. Workers have to use a wide variety of tools to get the job done. When these tools are not being used safely or someone is acting in a negligent manner, injuries are a serious concern. It is easy for an accident to occur on a construction site when the proper care is not taken. Some of the major causes of construction accidents in New Jersey are related to the following accidents:
- Falling debris
- Scaffolding falls
- Scaffolding collapses
- Blade & saw accidents
- Crane accidents
- Exposure to hazardous materials
- Ladder accidents
- Unsafe property conditions
- Building collapses
- Nail gun accidents
- Electric shock
- Lifting injuries
Workers’ Compensation in New Jersey
The state of New Jersey requires that the majority of employers provide their workers with insurance that can cover medical expenses and lost wages in the event that they become injured on the job. This form of coverage is known as workers’ compensation. It provides financial support to the worker after an accident while barring them from bringing a lawsuit against their employer for their workplace injury. If you have been injured while working on a construction site, be sure to notify your employer immediately and contact an attorney. While your workers’ compensation coverage should be adequate, many times, the insurance carrier will take adverse actions to limit or deny payout. If you face a dispute regarding your injury, potential disability, or coverage, you need a competent and effective workers’ compensation attorney. When you need someone you can count on, our firm is ready to step in to help you fight against your employer’s insurance carrier.
Construction workers who are injured on the job may suffer from the negligence of a third party. There are numerous reasons to look past your workers’ compensation coverage, including defective ladders, scaffolding, and safety equipment, or the negligence of the property owner where the work is being completed. Just because you are supported by your employers’ workers’ compensation coverage does not mean that your legal rights stop there. If you need to pursue compensation from your injuries by a third party, it is important to note that you have 2 years to do so, according to New Jersey’s statute of limitations, and that you will most likely have to reimburse the workers’ compensation insurance carrier. In some cases, a workers’ compensation lien is taken against a third-party lawsuit.
If you were injured on a construction site but were not there as an employee, your situation is somewhat different. You will have a premises liability personal injury case and will have to prove that there was negligence by another party, ultimately causing you to become injured. This is referred to as the burden of proof and must be met in all personal injury cases. An experienced injury attorney can help you fulfill the burden of proof. If your case is successful, you may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other burdens caused by the accident that were both financial and non-financial in nature.
Contact an Essex County Construction Accidents Attorney
The Law Offices of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. understands how challenging the period of time after an accident can be, especially when it prevents you from going to work. Our firm is committed to guiding you through each step of the claims process, whether you were an injured worker or injured as a pedestrian. For quality legal representation in your construction site accident case, contact the Law Offices of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.