Construction industry workers face dangerous working conditions every day. According to statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2013 almost 800 construction site fatalities occurred. Construction accident deaths comprise approximately 20 percent of all private industry worker fatalities in the United States each year. The “fatal four” causes of construction accident-related deaths are fall injuries, being struck by an object, electrocutions, burns, and being caught in or between. If any of these, or any other types of injuries have occurred it is important you consult with a New Jersey construction accident lawyer to begin filing your claim. An experienced injury lawyer in New Jersey can take you through the various steps involved in filing a claim and advise you on what to expect.
Dangers and Injuries on Construction Sites
Accidents on construction sites result from many different causes. The negligence of construction companies, property owners and equipment manufacturers may all contribute to resulting construction site accidents. Some of the most common construction site negligence results that warrant attention from a construction accident attorney in New Jersey include:
- Building Collapses and Structural Failure
- Falls down elevator shafts
- Slips, trips and falls on unstable flooring
- Falls from improperly positioned or secured scaffolding
- Use of faulty or defective equipment (including heavy machinery such as forklifts, cranes, conveyor belts and hoists)
- Motor vehicle use (including dump trucks and tractors)
- Exposure to toxic materials commonly found at construction sites (including silica and asbestos)
- Being “caught between” or crushed by heavy objects
- Falling debris
- Hazardous Chemicals
Construction accidents can result in serious physical injuries to workers as well as visitors to construction sites. Significant construction site injuries include muscle strains and sprains, broken bones, loss of limbs, spinal cord injuries including paralysis, head injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and concussions, internal bleeding, repetitive motion injuries, burns and loss of hearing.
Unique Legal Issues Involved in Construction Site Accident Claims
Often there are numerous parties potentially responsible for injuries sustained on unsafe construction sites. In addition to employer liability, third party liability claims may exist against general contractors, subcontractors, property site owners, engineers, architects, and equipment manufacturers.
Any party that has acted carelessly or recklessly in maintaining a construction site may be responsible for their negligence if it leads to an injury-producing accident. If defective equipment is the cause of the accident or injury, the manufacturers, designers, distributors and markets of the defective component may also face liability.
Due to the complex legal issues involved in construction site accident claims, individuals injured at construction sites should never attempt to obtain compensation for their injuries without the assistance of an experienced New Jersey construction accident lawyer.
As all employees are entitled to safe working conditions, there are often Workers’ Compensation issues involved in construction site accidents. Other legal issues that need to be considered include the time in which a claim must be filed (the statute of limitations), the identification of all potentially responsible parties and the preservation of evidence at construction sites.
Individuals injured at construction sites should keep extensive records of all medical treatment received, lists of potential witnesses and a log of all communications to or from any potentially responsible parties. To aid in the proper investigation of your claim, injured construction workers should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the injury or accident takes place.
Working With An Attorney
At the personal injury law firm of Grungo Colarulo, our experienced New Jersey construction accident attorneys are skilled negotiators and litigators who aggressively represent individuals injured at construction sites and in construction work zones.
Our accident attorneys work with injured construction workers and their families who seek compensation for the costs of past and future medical treatment and rehabilitation services, loss of earnings and pain and suffering.