Construction Accident Lawyers in New Jersey
If you are a responsible and safety-conscious construction worker, you are aware of many dangers and accidents that are likely to happen at the work site. It is highly recommended that you follow precautionary measures and protect yourself with all of the recommended safety equipment. Never take unnecessary risks that could compromise on-site safety.
Unfortunately, you can still end up sustaining a great deal of injury while working, although you did everything correctly. At Corradino & Papa, LLC, our construction accident lawyers will assist you, either by reviewing the compensation system of New Jersey state workers with you or representing you in court.
Although construction sites are to some extent very dangerous places to work, that does not absolve your supervisors of their responsibility to ensure that employees are safe. Additionally, it does not mean that you do not have a right to be treated fairly and justly if you happen to get hurt.
If you have been hurt as a result of a construction accident and you wish to speak to a personal injury lawyer about your situation, please call Corradino & Papa, LLC today at 973.574.1200 for a FREE CONSULTATION.
Some Causes of Construction Accidents
There are quite a number of ways for even careful, safety-minded workers to sustain grievous injuries at construction sites. Corradino & Papa, LLC personal injury lawyers are aware of these accidents, and we understand how to take care of and handle the legal consequences of each of them.
A list of common construction site accident includes:
- Chemical spills
- Crane accidents
- Electric shocks
- Falling materials, such as rock or brick
- Scaffolding falls
These accidents undoubtedly pose a considerable amount of danger to the on-site workers. Many of our clients have suffered adverse brain injuries as a result of the construction accidents at their work sites.
Understanding Your Legal Options
Construction accident litigation is normally quite a complicated process, as there is a wide range of parties who could be held at least partially responsible for some liabilities for your accident. That is why choosing the experienced and proven construction accident lawyers at Corradino & Papa, LLC is highly advisable. Your options after your accident will to a large extent be hinged on the laws of New Jersey. In New Jersey, for example, just about all worksite injuries and accidents must be managed via the compensation system of New Jersey state workers. This poses a challenge in pursuing a personal injury case through the courts, though certain situations would permit such a suit.
Frequently Asked Questions about Construction Accidents
What are the steps of filing a construction accident claim?
The first step would be to determine where the accident happened and who would be responsible for the safety of the public and the individual injured. That could include multiple different entities, including, but not limited to the property owner, any insurer on that property, property management company, instruction company, contractor and subcontractor.
Once we’re able to identify those entities, the process to file a claim may be different depending on whether or not, for example, any public entities are involved, such as the state, city, municipality, court authority, or things of that nature.
A lot of times in construction accidents it’s difficult to identify exactly who is involved. That might require requesting records that are maintained by the municipality, which we would legally get access to. Next, file claims by putting insurance companies on notice through certificates of insurance files with the proper agency.
Sometimes it would involve filing a lawsuit right away in order to require the general contractor and property owners to turn over specific information.
Which party is in charge of the compensation in construction accident claims?
Insurance has to cover the general negligence of the entity or entities involved.
Is it necessary for business owners to have insurance?
While business owners should always maintain insurance, it’s possible a business would leave themselves uninsured. Whether that’s intentionally or whether because they didn’t know or understand the right type of insurance to get. Early on, we will take steps to determine whether or not there’s insurance involved, and if insurance is not involved, we’ll take whatever steps necessary to make sure that we’re able to take steps against the business to hold them responsible.
Which types of damages can I seek coverage for when filing a claim?
Damages in a construction accident could be quite severe, quite extensive and oftentimes catastrophic. We would seek- we always seek to recover any type of loss, pain, and suffering, also the enjoyment of life, disability, impairment, and loss of consortium. On top of that, oftentimes, when the construction accident is involved, we’re talking about employees and there could be a quite substantial loss of wage claims. Any type of claims for economic damages such as medical bills, repayment of the lean to worker’s compensation insurance, or private health insurance in connection with self-insurance plans.
Those are all types of compensation we would seek to recover when applicable in construction types of accidents.
I work with a group on a daily basis. If we were injured while working together, do I need to file my claim with everybody and do it solo?
Certain types of accidents can be brought privately, on your own, or when there’s a few people or a lot of people, there are different types of actions that can be filed against the responsible party, including mass actions or class actions; you should seek out a lawyer that is knowledgeable in construction accidents that can help direct you toward the right type of claim to file as soon as possible.
If I have already filed for a Workers’ Compensation claim, can I still pursue legal action for a construction accident injury?
If a third party is responsible for causing the accident, then yes. Worker’s compensation insurance is put in place regardless of the fault so that you’re able to recover whether your employer is responsible for causing your accident or not.
Often in construction types of accidents there may be a third party such as a general contractor, landowner, or another subcontractor that’s responsible for causing the injury to an employee working on a job site. If a third party is responsible for causing that injury, you may also be able to pursue that third party for compensation in addition to the worker’s compensation claim you have already filed. With the understanding that, if you’re able to recover any money from that third party, your worker’s compensation insurance may be entitled to some sort of reimbursement for money that they paid out.
Corradino & Papa, LLC personal injury lawyers in New Jersey understand all the relevant legal proceedings and laws. If the recommended proceeding for you is a workers’ compensation claim, then we will help you to understand and also navigate the system. Or if a personal injury claim is what is most appropriate for your specific situation, then you can confide in our years of experience with construction accident cases. If you have suffered an injury in while performing your job duties at a construction site and you find yourself in need of a specialist personal injury lawyer, feel free to contact Corradino & Papa, LLC for a FREE CONSULTATION today.