Construction Accident Attorneys In New Jersey
Under New Jersey law, the general contractor of a building project is legally required to maintain safe working conditions on a construction job site. Sometimes, contractors will sacrifice worker safety for financial profit while construction workers are forced into unsafe conditions.
The law firm of Parker Waichman LLP has aggressively protected the rights of builders and subcontractors who have been injured on the job in New Jersey due to the negligence or misconduct of a general contractor, property owner, equipment manufacturer, or other subcontractor working on a site in New Jersey.
New Jersey Construction Site Injuries
If you have been injured at a construction work site, your legal rights are dependent on if you were a worker or a bystander at the site. If you are injured as a bystander, typical personal injury law applies and the individual or company at fault is responsible for compensation for your injuries. If you are a construction worker and have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to compensation from more than one source.
Construction sites are among the most dangerous workplaces in American and one in 10 builders will be hurt in a construction site accident. Passersby may also be injured due to workers and supervisor negligence, inappropriately handled construction equipment, chemicals, machinery, and tools.
Construction worker accidents include burns such as welding burns and explosion and fire accidents; being caught between objects on the site; fork lift, conveyor, hoist, fall, and crane accidents; equipment malfunction; defective scaffolding; unsafe ladders; injuries from roofs, walls, and trench collapses.
Other injuries include those from nail guns, power tools, table saws, air hammers, overexertion, falling objects, materials, and tools; hazardous toxic materials; chemical exposure; scaffolding, roof, and other falls; burns; electrocution; insufficient fencing and security; intrusion of construction equipment on roads and sidewalks; and insufficient safety equipment and training.
Asbestos is also a concern at construction sites and Parker Waichman is fully knowledgeable on asbestos and laws regarding exposure to asbestos in the New Jersey construction workplace.
The construction industry has the highest number of worker deaths and serious injuries in the United States work force. In fact, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) indicated that some 800 construction accident fatalities took place in 2013. Serious construction injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, head and neck injuries, amputations, paralysis, fractures and dislocations, crush injuries, and severe lacerations.
Parker Waichman’s New Jersey personal injury attorneys aggressively fight to ensure our clients receive financial security following a construction accident, which may also involve long-term medical treatment and care and the ability to care for his or her family.
If You Are An Undocumented Worker Injured On A New Jersey Construction Job
New Jersey case law has determined that workers injured on construction sites and other workplace accidents have the right to sue responsible parties for damages, even if the injured party is not legally working in the United States.
The attorneys at Parker Waichman collaborate individually with our New Jersey clients and are sensitive to, and understand, their concerns concerning United States immigration laws. Our New Jersey attorneys are discreet and confidential, and, as always, work aggressively to settle client matters with the best possible financial outcome.
Construction Site Accidents in New Jersey
State and federal laws mandate strict workplace safety standards for construction sites. This includes mandated protective gear and regulations concerning exposure to dangerous chemicals, as well as other strict regulations, ordinances, statutes, and industry standards that order employers to maintain a safe working environment.
Unfortunately, some or all of these laws are ignored, leaving workers with preventable life-altering injuries or death. If a construction site was caused by careless or negligent behavior, the injured party has the right to hold the responsible parties legally liable for any damages and a New Jersey construction accident lawsuit may be brought. Compensation may be sought for medical bills; lost wages, lost future wages, and other financial costs of the injury or death; physical pain; emotional duress; permanent disability; or wrongful death.
If you are a New Jersey construction worker who is collecting workers’ compensation payments, you may still be able to bring an action against an employer, subcontractor, or the maker of faulty equipment that may be responsible in some way for the accident that caused your injury.
New Jersey Construction Accident Wrongful Death
Death resulting from a New Jersey construction site is typically considered a wrongful death. In cases in which a construction work-related injury leads to a wrongful death, the surviving family members may file a civil lawsuit against the responsible parties to collect financial compensation for pain and suffering, any medical costs, funeral costs, loss of income, loss of future income, loss of care and companionship, and loss of benefits. Collecting punitive damages may also be possible.
What To Do If Injured At A New Jersey Construction Site
Any party who has acted recklessly or with negligence when maintaining a construction site may be responsible for negligence if that behavior leads to an accident that causes injury or death. If defective equipment caused the accident or injury, the manufacturers, designers, distributors, and marketers of the defective machinery may also face liability.
Construction site accidents involve complex legal issues and individuals injured at construction sites should not attempt to obtain compensation for their injuries without the assistance of an experienced New Jersey construction accident lawyer, such as Parker Waichman LLP.
It is recommended that individuals injured at construction sites should maintain extensive records of all medical treatment received, a list of potential witnesses, and a log of all communications to or from any potentially responsible party.
Legal Help for New Jersey Construction Accident Victims
Parker Waichman has decades of experience representing construction workers injured in workplace accidents. If you or someone you know was injured or died due to the negligence of others in the construction workplace, you may have valuable legal rights.
Our New Jersey construction site personal injury attorneys offer free, no-obligation case evaluations. For more information, please call us at call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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