Central New Jersey Construction Accident Attorneys

Understanding How A Middlesex County Construction Accident Lawyer Can Help and Your Family

Were you injured on a construction job in New Jersey? Did a loved one die in a construction accident? You are not alone. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports there are over 5,300 fatal workplace accidents each year in the United States with almost 1,200 fatalities being just construction workers. This means that roughly one in five workers killed in a workplace accident were in the private construction industry. This is why construction is often said to be one of the most dangerous jobs. It is also why our Middlesex County construction accident lawyer prides himself on helping victims and their families in an accident.

Here at Silverberg Law Firm LLC, our personal injury lawyer Jay L. Silverberg has over 30 years’ experience helping residents of New Jersey and New York, particularly in Central New Jersey and Middlesex County. If you or a loved one were injured, or if a loved one was killed, in any type of NJ construction accident, call for a FREE consultation to learn how Jay can help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, loss of consortium, and of course pain and suffering.

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New Jersey Construction Accidents Statistics and Common Causes

In the Garden State alone, there are almost 100 fatal construction accidents each year. This rate in NJ is approximately 9.1 workers per 100,000, which is a high figure not shared by other occupations.

OSHA has classified these deaths into four categories, and are known as the “Fatal Four.” These make up nearly all of the causes of construction injuries or fatalities.

Fatal Four

  1. Falls. Falls make up the highest instances of construction fatalities, and can include obvious activities like falling from a ladder, falling off scaffolding, or falling off a roof. But falls also include other instances, such as falling into holes, off a truck, or falling through floors to other levels. The failure to use safety systems like guard rails, safety nets, hoists, harnesses, ropes, or other devices can also lead to falls. Even if a fall is not fatal, often times a worker is catastrophically injured including having neck or back injuries that may prevent him from being able to walk.
  2. “Struck by Object.” This type of injury happens when a worker suffers from the impact from a piece of equipment or from an object (such as a worker being struck by something, like when tools or bricks being hoisted break free and drop down). This happens a lot more often than you may think, and is actually the second most common cause of construction fatalities and injuries. The most common instances when a worker may be struck by an object is when a tool falls out of another worker’s hands who are higher up at the work site, when gables or trusses are being set, when cranes are being used, and when other overhead work is being performed. This happens a lot because most worksites have individuals on scaffolds and ladders working above others who are below them or on other floors.
  3. Electrocution. This type of injury happens when a worker was exposed to a lethal amount of electricity, causing burns, fires, arc flashes, or explosions. These burns may be from electric current, high temperatures, or thermal contact with hot equipment. Not all electrocutions are caused merely by working with electricity or on outlets, but rather can occur when puddles on a worksite form, when a metal ladder slides and hits a power line, or when a worker accidents cuts through a hidden electrical line.
  4. Caught-in or Caught-between. Also known as a crushing accident, this type of injury happens when a worker is caught within equipment and is then crushed, squeezed, or otherwise compressed. Workers may also be caught between a moving and a non-moving piece of equipment, or multiple moving objects. All types of crushing injuries are serious and can lead to catastrophic injuries, even if just a foot was crushed. This is because of the intense internal bleeding and swelling that can result in compartment syndrome, a very dangerous condition that could result in amputation or wrongful death.

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Common Injuries Our Middlesex County Construction Accident Worker Can Handle for You

There are many types of serious or catastrophic personal injuries that could be caused in a Central New Jersey construction accident that Silverberg Law Firm, LLC could help recover compensation for you and your family. Some of the most common and catastrophic personal injuries include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI), including concussions and temporary or permanent brain damage.
  • Spinal cord injury, including crushed discs, herniated discs, annular tears
  • Organ failure especially from body parts being crushed
  • Loss of an eye, eyes, blindness, or partial blindness
  • Loss of an ear, ears, deafness, or partial deafness
  • Loss of a finger, fingers, hand, or arm
  • Loss of toes, foot, or leg
  • Broken bones, including compound fractures or compression fractures
  • Nerve damage
  • Deep scars and extensive injuries
  • Soft tissue damage such as neck or back injuries, shoulder tears, knee tears, and related injuries
  • Burns from fires, electric arc flashes, and chemical exposure
  • Wrongful death, and
  • Many other serious types of bodily injuries.

Liability in Construction Accidents in Middlesex County, NJ

Workers on construction sites are entitled to protection from harm due to reckless or careless errors. When they happen, these types of mistakes are commonly known as negligent errors. A negligence accident occurs when a person or business fails to use reasonable care under the circumstances to avoid causing reasonable harm to a foreseeable victim.

This means that construction workers, contractors, subcontractors, and other individuals at a worksite could be negligence if they unnecessarily expose others to an avoidable risk of harm. This includes the “fatal four” type of accidents such as dropping a tool from a height, electrocutions, improperly building or supporting scaffolding, or causing crushing accidents.

It is not only the individual person who causes the damages that could be liable. If the negligent individual who caused a worker’s bodily harm was employed by a business, that business may be liable under the doctrine of respondeat superior. This doctrine generally allows a victim to hold a business liable for the negligent actions of an employee within the scope of their duties.

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Undocumented Workers have Rights in New Jersey

Just because a worker does not have the proper legal status to be employed in the United States, they are still entitled to safe working conditions on construction sites and may be protected under the law. This means that workers who have been hurt on construction sites in Middlesex County or anywhere else in New Jersey, or the survivors of a worker who has died as a result of a construction site injury may be able to seek damages that may be used to cover medical bills, surgeries, treatments and even funeral expenses. Our experienced legal team knows that immigration issues can be a delicate issue for undocumented workers and their families, so they can be sure that we know how to deal with their concerns confidentially.

Call the Central New Jersey Construction Accident Attorneys at Silverberg Law Firm LLC for Help

Hard-working construction workers who are injured at a job site have rights under the NJ law to compensation—and their families do too. Learn how the Silverberg Law Firm LLC can help recover that compensation for residents in New Jersey and New York. If you or your family member has been hurt or injured, please call our Middlesex County construction accident lawyer today for a FREE consultation by dialing (732) 992-3000. You can also send us a message using our convenient “contact us” box available here. We are here to help you through this trying time.

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Here at Silverberg Law Firm LLC, we represent clients in New Jersey and New York harmed in a serious or fatal motor vehicle wreck. If you or your family member have suffered serious bodily injury or if a loved one was wrongfully killed due to the negligence of another, please call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (732) 992-3000.

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