Construction sites are extremely dangerous. As a result, accidents happen often. These accidents can have a major impact, leading to physical, financial, and emotional hardship. If you are injured in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation to help ease these burdens. Read on to learn more about construction accidents in New Jersey.
What causes construction accidents?
Unfortunately, construction sites are especially hazardous and there are a number of ways to sustain an injury. The most common injuries involve:
- Scaffolding collapses/falls
- Crane accidents
- Ladder accidents
- Nail gun accidents
- Lifting injuries
- Building collapses
- Unsafe property conditions
- Negligent management
- Exposure to hazardous materials
- Blade/saw accidents
Fulfilling the burden of proof:
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to prove that your accident was a result of negligence. To do so, it is important to take the following steps:
- Alert your supervisor: It is important to notify your supervisor right away when an accident occurs. This will allow him or her to file an accident report. If possible, obtain a copy of this report.
- Call 911: The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, interview witnesses, ensure the scene is safe, and more.
- Seek medical attention: It is important to go to the hospital, even if you do not believe you have been seriously injured. This is because it is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. Additionally, going to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility will ensure that your injuries are treated properly, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. This can play a large role in a personal injury case.
- Document the scene: Before going to the hospital, take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your injuries to occur.
- Obtain witness contacts: Construction sites are often bustling with workers and passersby. If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to provide important witness testimony. Ask for the name and contact number of any wintesses.
- Contact an attorney: An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to obtain further proof of negligence, including security camera footage, police reports, and more.
Our firm understands the toll an injury can take and we are here to advocate for you. Reach out to our firm today to discuss your case with a dedicated attorney.
Contact our Experienced New Jersey Firm
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.