New Jersey Construction Accident Attorney
Construction sites can be hazardous places and construction accidents frequently result in serious injuries, even death. Sometimes these accidents are caused by the negligence of an employer, a general contractor or someone else on the worksite. If you are the unfortunate victim of a construction related injury in New Jersey, The Reinartz Law Firm can help you and your family seek legal action. Our experienced construction accident attorneys will work tirelessly to protect your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.
About Construction in New Jersey
The construction industry employs many individuals in New Jersey on a wide range of projects for government entities, commercial enterprises and private endeavors. From roadway work and bridge construction, to demolition and construction of new buildings, construction work is ever-present in our daily lives. Nationwide, construction workers make up about 6 percent of the workforce, but the hazards of working in this field far outweigh that of most other industries. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reported that one out of five work related deaths occur in the construction industry every year.
Construction Accidents in New Jersey
Construction jobs are physically and mentally demanding. Workers frequently overexert themselves pushing, lifting, pulling, and carrying materials and equipment. Operating heavy equipment can also be mentally taxing. This type of work can make construction workers more susceptible to accidents. They also perform work in a variety of extreme weather conditions and work with large, loud, dangerous equipment. Safety equipment is essential, but many employers cut corners, failing to provide adequate gear or quality equipment.
OSHA regularly cites construction companies in New Jersey for safety violations, such as exposing workers to fall hazards, unsafe equipment, and occupational exposures. Despite OSHA’s efforts, accidents do, and will continue to happen in the construction industry. More than 20 percent of accidents and injuries that occur in the workplace are in connection with construction work. If you are injured at a construction site in New Jersey, our experienced construction accident attorneys can help you and your family pursue damages from the responsible parties.
Types of Construction Accidents
Construction sites are characteristically dangerous areas, and hazards abound for workers in the field. Work conditions place employees and contractors at high risk of falls, falling objects and other dangers. The following are just some of the various hazards that construction workers face every day:
- Falls from ladders, roofs, and scaffolding
- Falling debris
- Slip, trip and falls
- Floor collapse
- Forklift accidents
- Crane collapse
- Chemical burns
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Climate-related health issues – heat stroke, hypothermia, frostbite
- Trench collapse
- Cave-ins / Crush / Caught-In/Between Accidents
- Protective gear and clothing failure
- Poor supervision and/or training
- Defective or malfunctioning equipment
- Inadequate safety measures and procedures
- Careless or negligent actions by co-workers
In this industry, the deadliest types of accidents are referred to as the “Fatal Four,” and are responsible for nearly 64 percent of all construction work accidents.
- Stuck by an object
- Caught-in/between accidents
The “Fatal Four” claim the lives of approximately 630 construction workers each year.
Common Construction Accident Injuries
Broken bones and spinal injuries are common construction accident injuries. Falling objects, slip and falls, and falls from great heights can also cause closed head and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Ankle, knee, neck, shoulder, and back injuries are frequently the result when a worker trips and falls at a construction site. Other common construction accident injuries include vision impairment and eye injuries, burns, limb and digit amputations, strains, sprains, cuts and lacerations, hearing loss, electrocution, and chemical-related illness or disease. These accidents can also result in death.
Depending upon the severity of the injury suffered, a worker may require extensive medical care, rehabilitation, therapy, surgery and long-term care. The associated medical bills and loss of income can be devastating to the victim and their entire family. These situations highlight the need for just and fair financial compensation to help deal with the aftermath of a serious construction accident injury.
Injury Claims and Lawsuits
Negligence, carelessness, and other factors often contribute to injuries at construction sites. Employers must implement and follow safety policies and procedures to minimize the possibility of injury, but frequently fail to do so. This includes safety measures such as job training and supervision of laborers and other employees to prevent accidents from happening. Equipment must also be properly inspected and maintained by employers to avoid dangers like missing safety guards, poor lighting, cluttered work areas, and defective machinery — all of which can lead to devastating accidents and life-changing injuries. When a worker is injured in a construction accident, they may have a right to compensation for damages under the law.
Workers’ Compensation Claims
Construction injuries can negatively impact your life in many ways, including medical bills, a reduced ability to earn income and support your family, and lasting emotional impact on you and your loved ones. The first recourse sought after a construction accident is often workers’ compensation.
Proving negligence is generally not an issue in workers’ compensation. This means you don’t have to demonstrate that your employer did anything wrong to cause your accident and injury. As long as you were injured while doing your job, you are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits include payment for medical treatment and temporary disability during the time you are deemed unable to work as a result of your accident. Visit Workers’ Compensation Lawyers to learn more about workers’ compensation benefits for a construction accident.
In some cases, you may be able to pursue a separate lawsuit against the parties responsible for your construction accident injuries. In this regard, the law allows injured workers to file claims against negligent third parties who are unrelated to the injured worker’s employer. These actions may involve claims for general negligence, failure to follow OSHA guidelines, manufacture or design of defective equipment, and unsafe premises.
Defendants in these lawsuits can include general contractors, subcontractors, safety supervisors and trainers, construction site owners and managers, engineers, architects, and designers and manufacturers of defective products used at the work site, among others. When your injuries are caused by such a third-party, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim for compensation for noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering, which aren’t available benefits under workers’ compensation.
Third-party claims for construction accident injuries are complicated and involve complex legal issues. There are typically many parties and people on a construction site, and proper investigation into the case and circumstances surrounding the accident is crucial. An experienced New Jersey Construction Accident Lawyer can be instrumental in investigating and pursuing a successful claim or lawsuit.
About The Reinartz Law Firm, LLC
The Reinartz Law Firm is a New Jersey personal injury and construction accident law firm. We understand what you are going through and will work tirelessly to guide you through this difficult time. When you are suffering from a serious construction injury, handling legal issues yourself can be frustrating and overwhelming. We will work to achieve the best possible outcome for your case, while you focus on healing. Richard Reinartz, the firm’s founding member, has extensive experience in construction injury litigation. Early in his career, Mr. Reinartz worked on behalf of large insurance companies and corporate concerns. This gave him valuable insight into the mindset of the insurance defense process that many other lawyers do not have. As a client, you will receive the benefit of this experience, and will also benefit from our legal team’s personalized commitment to you as our client.
We offer free and confidential case consultations. If you or a loved one is suffering from a construction accident injury, contact us. Complete our online form or call us today.
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