Construction accidents are one of the most common causes of workplace injuries in New Jersey. Falling objects and heavy equipment such as cranes, trucks and forklifts cause large numbers of injuries and deaths each year. An experienced construction accident lawyer can help you receive compensation. At Gold, Albanese & Barletti, LLC, we have years of experience in helping injured workers recover full and fair compensation for their injuries.
Types Of Construction Site Accidents
Some of the most common construction accidents include:
- The “Fatal Four” (Osha)
- Falls from heights, scaffolding or ladders
- Getting caught between heavy objects or materials
- Struck by falling debris, materials or objects
- Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Machinery accidents
- Railroad injuries (FELA)
- Defective or malfunctioning machinery
- Power tool accidents
- Trench collapses
- Collapsing scaffolds
- Excavation accidents
- Exposure to harmful or toxic substances
Why Should You Contact an NJ Construction Accident Lawyer?
According to OSHA’s ten most common safety violations in workplaces, three of them are most commonly found on construction sites: fall protection, scaffolding requirements, and ladders. If you have been injured on a construction site, it’s important to contact an attorney to help with your injury claim. There are a number of state and federal laws concerning personal injuries and construction sites, which may or may not be applicable in a given situation. An experienced construction accident lawyer will be able to help investigate your claim. This includes investigating medical records, the construction site, witness statements, and parties related to the incident can help to determine liability. In some cases you may be able to receive compensation from multiple negligent parties.
If you have been in a construction accident, it is important to seek medical attention right away, and if possible get photographs of the injury and the scene of the injury. Also, try to get accounts from any witnesses to the accident. All this information can help you to get proper compensation.
Workers’ Compensation & Third-Party Liability
No matter who was at fault for a construction site accident, your employer is required to provide benefits for your medical care and a portion of lost wages through workers’ compensation insurance. However, if an independent subcontractor, another construction company or a product manufacturer is responsible for you being hurt on the job, that third party can be held accountable for your injuries. This type of third-party personal injury lawsuit can potentially provide additional compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other damages.
Parties that can be held liable for construction accidents include:
- Construction site owners – Liability for construction site owners will depend on how much control they have over the worksite compared to the amount of control they have over the premises.
- General and sub-contractors – Under OSHA guidelines, general contractors and subcontractors have the duty to provide workers with a reasonably safe construction site, warn of any hazards at the site or inherent in the job itself, and ensure the work is being performed according to safety regulations.
- Manufacturers – Any party in the chain of distribution of a defective product, including manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers, may be held liable if a defect in their product causes an injury.
- Architects and engineers – In certain construction projects, architects and engineers have a responsibility to observe and make sure workers are complying to plans and regulations. If a negligence of duty caused a construction accident, they may be held responsible for the accident.
Compensation For Construction Accidents
Injuries sustained on construction sites are often serious and may require long-term medical treatment such as multiple surgeries, physical therapy and other ongoing care. Costly medical care and lost income from time off work can put you and your family in dire financial circumstances. At Gold, Albanese & Barletti, LLC, we understand how traumatic and stressful it can be when you are injured on the job. Our skilled legal team will advise you on the best course of action for recovering full and fair compensation for your injuries. We are committed to fighting for your rights and helping you get the compensation you need and deserve.
By filing a lawsuit against a negligent party, a construction accident lawyer may be able to help an injured employee recover:
- Loss of wages
- Medical expenses
- Counseling costs
- Physical therapy
- Property damage
- Ongoing living expenses
- Mortgage and rent
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium for widows or widowers in the event of wrongful death