Construction accidents often result in serious injuries and the need for long-term medical care, therapy and rehabilitation. You may be unable to return to work for months because of your injury, and in some cases, your earning ability may be permanently affected. Benefits from workers’ compensation alone may not be enough to prevent your family from suffering financial hardship.
I am a personal injury and construction accident lawyer in Essex County. I have been helping families devastated by construction accidents for more than 35 years. In addition to representing injured workers, I also represent family members in cases involving fatal construction accidents.
In addition to receiving worker’s compensation benefits, if your injury was caused by a party other than your employer or co-employer, you may be entitled to additional compensation, including damages for pain and suffering, by filing a personal injury lawsuit. While New Jersey workers’ compensation laws protect your employers from lawsuits in most cases, they do not protect third parties such as other builders, construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors, vendors or equipment manufacturers who were negligent.
Many construction accidents are caused by negligence. The most common type of construction accident is a fall caused by a lack of railings or fall protection. Scaffolding and ladder fall accidents are also common. Another major cause of injury is the negligent operation of equipment. Proving liability requires aggressive investigation by your lawyer because companies will go to great lengths to avoid blame.
As your lawyer, I will do the investigation necessary to find out who the contractor is, who the subcontractors are, whether there was an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation, and whether your injury was caused by a dangerous or defective product. One of the most important parts in any construction accident injury case is an early and thorough investigation to prove who was at fault and to determine who all the potential defendants are.
For a free consultation with a Certified Civil Trial Attorney: Call Robert A. Jones at 973.852.3352 or fill out our simple contact form if you have suffered a serious back, neck or other injury in a construction accident.