Construction Site Accidents
Westfield, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers With the Legal Skills to Help Workers Recover Damages for Injuries Suffered in Construction Accidents
Most construction workers are covered by their employer's workers' compensation insurance should an injury occur on the job. However, when OSHA violations, gross negligence, or the actions of a third party are involved, an injured construction worker may be able to recover additional damages above what they are eligible to receive under workers' compensation. At the law office of Kessler, DiGiovanni & Jesuele, our attorneys investigate construction accidents, expose safety violations, and hold employers and third parties financially liable for our client's injuries.
If you've been injured on the job, don't assume your employer or your employer's human resources department will tell you everything you need to know about recovering losses for your injuries. Protect yourself, your job, and your rights - contact construction site injury lawyers at Kessler, DiGiovanni & Jesuele today and schedule a free consultation.
Accidents, Injuries, and Construction Sites
Construction sites can be dangerous places, with workers from a variety of companies working on the same job site. Heavy machines, such as bulldozers, backhoes, and cranes often operate in close quarters. A lot can go wrong. Here are just a few examples:
- A carpenter falls from an unsteady scaffolding at a residential housing construction site in New Brunswick, NJ, and suffers a broken neck, leaving him a quadriplegic.
- A crane involved in tearing down a Newark office building touches a live wire, electrocuting the machine's operator.
- A bulldozer engaged in landscaping at a shopping center site in Somerset County, NJ, backs into a ditch and turns over, crushing the operator's left arm, which has to be amputated.
- A tank at a gas refinery in Elizabeth, New Jersey, explodes, severely burning 13 workers.
- Scaffolding falls, injuring those working above and below.
Safety rules are not always rigorously followed at construction and industrial sites, making the job site even more dangerous than necessary. It is very unlikely that workers' compensation will adequately cover all damages a severely injured construction worker might suffer. It is merely a means for an employee to collect lost wages and limited medical expenses from his or her employer. However, a third party, other than an employer, may be responsible for a construction site or industrial accident.
Construction Accident Injury Attorneys Finding Ways to Maximize Recovery of Damages in New Jersey
We have the ability to see ways to maximize recovery for our clients that other lawyers might miss. For example:
In a construction accident case, where a worker had tripped on a piece of aluminum pipe protruding through a floor, we were seeking a way to establish liability against a third party (other than the injured worker's employer). The subcontractor asserted he had not begun working at the site until after the accident occurred. By painstakingly grilling the subcontractor on the witness stand, and introducing construction record documents, we were able to show the subcontractor was on site before the injury, and hence, should have done something to protect workers from the tripping over the pipe.
At Kessler, DiGiovanni & Jesuele, LLC, our three partners have more than 90 years combined experience in handling serious personal injury and wrongful death claims. If you have been injured, or have lost a loved one in a construction site accident, do not hesitate to contact us. The initial consultation is free, and there is no fee unless we recover damages for you.