New Jersey: Construction Accidents and Worker’s Compensation
Filing for Workers’ Compensation After a NJ Construction Accident
Have you ever noticed the overwhelming amount of safety tools construction workers haul around from job to job? Outsiders may see this as being overly cautious, but construction workers know how crucial every safety measure is. Construction work presents hazards and dangers that can lead to severe injuries if they aren’t managed properly. Learn everything you need to know about construction accidents and workers’ compensation in New Jersey below.
Construction Industry Hazards You Need to Know About
Construction workers take on a wide array of tasks. One day they may be handling electrical lines, and the next they are on top of a roof. Each job has its own specific hazards, so an initial assessment of the job at hand should include a consideration of the necessary safety measures. Here are some of the most common construction-related accidents you need to know about:
- Getting struck by an object
- Getting caught in or between objects
This list isn’t comprehensive, but it does highlight the leading hazards.
What to do After a Construction-Related Injury
Immediately following an accident, it’s tempting to brush it off and continue working. There are several reasons why you should never do that. Not only could you make your injury worse, but you could also contribute to future injury by failing to report the safety issue. Instead, take the time to alert a supervisor and file a report. Then, seek out care for the injury regardless of how small you consider the wound. If you learn your injury is severe or treatment will be substantial, then you’ll want to consider filing for worker’s compensation benefits.
Worker’s Compensation in NJ After a Construction Accident
In New Jersey, the law mandates that every employee carry worker’s compensation insurance. If you’re injured on the job, then you’re likely eligible to start receiving these benefits. Benefits include compensation for lost wages, medical bills and disability pay. If you accept the benefits, then you won’t be able to seek out compensation through a personal injury lawsuit against your employer. Depending on who was at fault, you may be able to pursue a claim against another party. That party could be a tool manufacturer, property manager or an architect. You won’t lose your worker’s compensation benefits, but you also can’t collect more than you lost.
Contact a Nutley Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Construction Accident Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a construction accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Birkhold & Maider, LLC represent clients injured because of construction accidents in Essex County Superior Court, Passaic County Superior Court, Bergen County Superior Court, Union County Superior Court, and Middlesex Superior Court, and throughout New Jersey. Call (973) 947-4670 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 189 Franklin Avenue, Suite 1, Nutley, NJ 07110.
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