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New Jersey Construction Accident Attorney

Despite the fact that there are now numerous state and federal standards regarding workplace safety in the construction industry, construction workers are still at risk every day they are on the job. If a construction accident was caused by negligent or careless behavior, the victim can not only claim workers’ compensation, but also pursue an injury claim to help cover the cost of medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, as well as other costs.

Construction is big business in New Jersey. At any given time, construction crews take to the state’s highways, bridges, office buildings, and residential developments. Construction work sites are inherently dangerous places to work, possessing hazards to the workers as well as passersby if the worksite is not guarded properly.

Examples of construction accidents are crane accidents, fall accidents, electrocution, lack of protective clothing, improper use of hazardous materials, falling debris, inadequate fencing, and fires or explosions. In some instances hazardous conditions are created or are due to the negligence of the property owner, contractor or subcontractor. Many construction accidents result in minor injuries like cuts or burns, but they can also result in severe injuries, long-term disability or even accidental death.

If you were injured during the course of your employment then your compensation may be subject to the no fault based system of Workers’ compensation. While it is rare in New Jersey that you will be able to bring an action against your employer when your injury occurred during the course of employment, you would, however, have the right to pursue a third party claim against the at fault party if your injuries were caused by their negligent acts or failure to act. For example, if machinery failed to have proper warning labels or protective guards and you suffered an amputation injury while using it, you may be able to pursue a third party claim against the manufacturer of the machine.

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