8 Construction Site Accidents
Construction sites can be dangerous places to work. We all often hear about accidents taking place at the construction sites. Safety precautions can only go so far in keeping the workers and the passersby safe from the injuries that can occur because of a multitude of reasons. These injuries can deeply impact your quality of life. If you have been a victim of an accident on a construction site, either as a passerby or as a worker, it is recommended you contact a personal injury lawyer at the earliest convenience.
Construction sites and the surrounding area are usually full of construction material, heavy machinery, and unfinished structures. There are many workers on the site who are working at the same time, each tasked with their own job. Construction sites are chaotic. Even though there are guidelines issued by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) to ensure the safety of workers, the nature of construction work often renders them futile. One misstep, one wrong move, can result in a serious accident. These accidents are even more common if the contractors or subcontractors do not take the workers’ safety seriously and make the construction site more prone to accidents. Inadequate worker’s training, ill-maintained construction machinery, poor construction material, etc. are just some of the reasons for accidents taking place at construction sites. This negligence is unacceptable. If you were hurt because of their negligence, you might be able to get compensated for your losses.
Some of the common construction site accidents are slip and fall, scaffolding collapse, crane and forklifts accidents, falling objects, electrocution, and faulty equipment. Depending on the nature of the accident, it can often result in traumatic brain injury, fractures, burn, spinal cord injury, etc. Such injuries are not minor. They need immediate medical attention, usually requiring therapy and rehabilitation. The medical expenses, as a result, can be huge. Injuries also result in loss of wages, inability to return to that job for an extended period, or sometimes inability to do such a physical job ever again. But New Jersey does not allow workers to sue their employers for injuries sustained during work. If you are a worker who was injured on the job, you can file a worker’s compensation claim instead. Under the worker’s compensation benefits, you should be able to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and any disability benefits if applicable.
But you are eligible to file a lawsuit for damages if the injuries you sustained were a result of the negligence of a third party. Based on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you can seek additional compensation by filing a personal injury claim. A third party can be the owner of the site, manufacturer of faulty equipment, manufacturer of defective materials, contractor, and such. But such cases are not easy. It can be challenging to prove the role of the third party. An experienced construction site attorney should be consulted before making such a claim.
At Bhuchar Law Firm, our New Jersey personal injury attorneys assist workers and passersby who have been victims of construction site accidents in recovering damages for their injuries and suffering. We carefully evaluate your case to offer you your options and legal rights. Our lawyers diligently work with the clients to get what they deserve and move on with their life. If you have any questions, kindly contact us to book a consultation today.