EXPERIENCED PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS HELP YOU WHEN YOU’VE BEEN INJURED IN A CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT IN NEW JERSEY
Construction workers do important work. They erect buildings and build highways. They put in place utility systems and maintain roads and bridges. Construction workers demand our respect and they deserve to be able work in a safe environment. Unfortunately, the work that construction workers perform can be extremely dangerous. Since construction workers use heavy machinery and handle dangerous tools at elevated heights, they can be exposed to serious injuries. Further, it is not just workers who get injured in construction accidents; passersby can be wounded by falling objects in areas where work is being performed. For this reason, NJ laws impose a duty upon those in charge of construction projects to maintain a safe environment and protect workers.
The injury attorneys at the Wilton Law Firm know what it takes to recover damages for personal injury claims resulting from construction accidents. We’ve got decades of combined experience in NJ courtrooms, working exclusively on contingency in all personal injury and workers’ compensation claims in Atlantic City, Freehold, Middletown, Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic County & throughout New Jersey.
CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS IN NEW JERSEY ARE A MAJOR CAUSE OF SEVERE INJURIES AND EVEN DEATH
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), there were more than 3,945 worker fatalities in private industry in 2012, with 775 being construction deaths. A report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that fatalities in the US construction industry increased by five percent in 2012.
Clearly, constructions accidents are a serious problem. A few of the more common construction accidents include falls from unguarded scaffolding and roofs, forklift accidents, crane collapses, roof collapses, table saw accidents, electrocution, and chemical burns.
Of course, the gravest result of a construction accident is death. However, other serious injuries caused by construction accidents include head injuries, spinal injuries, broken bones, permanent scarring, and amputation. In addition to the obvious physical pain and emotional anguish, these injuries can bring with them daunting medical bills. If you have suffered an injury because of a dangerous construction site, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. We can help with your recovery.
WHO IS LIABLE FOR INJURIES CAUSED BY CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS IN NEW JERSEY?
Since hazards on construction sites are so dangerous, employers, contractors and equipment manufacturers have a responsibility to maintain the working construction area and equipment to ensure the safety of workers and passersby. Federal and state laws mandate workplace safety standards. An employer may be required to offer protective gear, while a company that manufactures construction equipment may need to provide proper safety warnings.
In New Jersey, an injured person must prove that the party responsible for his or her injuries did not act reasonably. In construction accident claims, OSHA regulations offer a good baseline; if the defendant violated OSHA regulations, the defendant was probably negligent.
A workplace injury can give rise to both a workers’ compensation claim and a claim against a negligent third-party contractor:
- Workers’ compensation claims. These are set up by the employer to compensate workers injured on the job. Unfortunately, workers’ comp benefits are often not enough to adequately cover an injured worker’s damages because workers’ comp imposes statutory limitations on the amount of benefits that can be recovered.
- Claims against third-party contractors. A contractor may be liable for injuries caused by a company’s failure to comply with OSHA regulations, which impose minimum workplace standards. Even if your claim is covered by workers’ comp, you may still want to pursue a claim against a third party to receive additional compensation.
Speak with an Experienced NJ Personal Injury Lawyer about Your Construction Accident Injuries and Possible Claim
It is not always easy to determine who was at fault in a construction accident. Your accident may have had many contributing factors and more than one at-fault party, including coworkers, subcontractors, a general contractor, equipment manufacturers, and leasing companies. The experienced lawyers at the Wilton Law Firm know how to investigate your claim to ensure that the proper parties are held responsible. We will consult with medical experts and engineers to determine exactly what happened. Our experience with personal injury claims and our attention to detail mean that we are able to catch things that other attorneys might miss.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident in Princeton or elsewhere in Mercer, Monmouth, Atlantic or Ocean counties, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at the Wilton Law Firm for a no-charge consultation about your case. Feel free to call us at 732-275-9555, or you can use our online contact form to schedule an appointment at our office in Middletown, New Jersey.