A construction accident can result in debilitating injuries with life-long repercussions. Being severely hurt can be traumatizing, both physically and emotionally. In many cases, you may have legal recourse against the negligent parties after being harmed on a construction site.
The idea of filing a claim or pursuing a lawsuit can be both intimidating and overwhelming.
The committed team of personal injury lawyers at Judd Shaw Injury Law is here to assist you. With decades of combined experience, we have established a track record of achieving favorable settlements and jury awards for New Jersey personal injury victims.
Having a dedicated personal injury lawyer on your side can give you the confidence you need to get your life back on track after an accident. Our construction accident attorneys go above and beyond to hold negligent parties responsible when their actions result in the harm or death of innocent workers – and with our No Fee Guarantee®, you’re assured that you don’t pay us anything unless you get money for your claim.
Contact Judd Shaw Injury Law at (866) 909-6894 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.
Common Construction Site Injuries
Due to the nature of their work, construction workers often face a heightened risk of on-the-job injuries. Many construction-related adverse conditions are minor with no lasting impact. However, some accidents result in severe injuries with lasting complications.
Moderate-to-severe construction site injuries may include:
- Broken bones: Falls, crushing by heavy objects, and blunt force impacts can all result in fractured and broken bones. The severity of a broken bone can range from a hairline fracture to a compound break. Regardless of the severity, broken bones need time to heal.
- Burns: Chemical exposures, gas explosions, open flames, sparks, welding accidents, and electrical mishaps all pose a potential risk for serious injury on a construction site. These types of accidents can result in severe burns that require immediate medical attention.
- Amputation: Due to the frequent use of power tools and heavy equipment, construction workers face the real risk of amputation in the event of an accident.
- Traumatic brain injuries: Brain injuries often result from falls, heavy equipment accidents, or other blows to the head. TBIs can have short- and long-term consequences. These include loss of consciousness, memory issues, headache, fatigue, confusion, seizures, sleep difficulties, and personality changes.
- Spinal cord injuries: Typically the result of a penetrating wound or significant fall, spinal cord injuries can damage the nerves that transmit signals from the brain to other areas of the body. Such a condition can lead to a loss of mobility or even paralysis.
Construction site injuries can be devastating. Even when the harm done is not directly life-threatening, it can negatively impact your quality of life.
Seeking Damages in a Construction Accident Claim
New Jersey law requires that all employers operating in the state carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Workers’ compensation covers economic damages only. This means that if you are injured on the job you are only eligible to recover damages for such things as medical expenses, disability, and lost wages.
Sadly, all too often, injured workers find that workers’ compensation benefits fall short of their actual losses. In such cases, you could possibly hold a third party accountable for your injuries, which may be a property owner, subcontractor, or equipment supplier.
Seeking proper and fair compensation for a construction site injury is often a complicated and trying experience. However, skilled construction accident attorneys will not be intimidated but can assess your situation and help you identify liable third parties.
Ways in Which a Construction Accident Attorney Can Help
Personal injury victims often feel at a complete loss of where to turn to for help after a serious construction site accident, but the lawyers who specialize in such cases are the advocates you need to help you navigate the legal system and regain your quality of life in the following ways.
Your lawyer can hold all responsible parties accountable
Employees of multiple companies often work on a construction site simultaneously. Company employees may be working together with utility workers, sub-contractors, government personnel, and others.
Many construction site accidents are due to complex situations involving third parties, separate from the worker’s employer. A construction accident lawyer can examine the chain of events that led up to your injury and determine which other parties may have contributed to it.
Additionally, a lawyer with a sound understanding of construction site laws and regulations can assess whether your injuries are due to an equipment or safety violation at the site, thus opening the door to further avenues of compensation.
Your lawyer can negotiate with insurance companies
Although workers’ compensation insurers rarely deny coverage for hurt construction workers, insurance adjusters can make obtaining just compensation for a claim difficult.
Hiring an attorney who understands insurance practices and how to communicate with adjusters can help you to avoid accepting a settlement that does not fully cover your losses.
Your lawyer can help you assess the true value of your claim
The goal of most insurance adjusters is to keep settlement payments as low as possible. A knowledgeable lawyer can determine the value of your claim by calculating additional losses beyond the initial assessment.
Lawyers who recognize the total impact an accident has on their client’s life work to ensure maximum settlement amounts.
Your lawyer can fight for your legal rights
A lawyer can represent you in the event that your employer neglects or refuses to file a workers’ compensation claim or misfiles the paperwork. Further, he or she can file the necessary documents to dispute a workers’ compensation denial.
A lawyer can also advise you on pursuing damages that workers’ compensation insurance does not cover, such as mental anguish and reduced enjoyment of life.
Your lawyer can help resolve your claim quickly
A construction accident attorney can coordinate every step in the claims process. By ensuring that all paperwork and documentation is correctly filed in a timely manner, no deadlines are missed. Thus, your claim will not be unnecessarily held up but can be resolved as quickly as possible.
Contact a New Jersey Construction Accident Attorney for Support
A serious construction accident can upend your life in the blink of an eye. The legal team at Judd Shaw Injury Law wants to support you during this difficult time. Our personal injury attorneys have dedicated their careers to passionately defending the rights of victims like you and helping each attain the compensation he or she is entitled to receive.
Once we take your case, we are committed to seeing it through to the end. We abide by the Judd Shaw Way – meaning that, in our commitment to client service, we are guided by the core values that define every action we take on behalf of our clients every day.
Have you or someone you love been hurt in a construction site accident? Please reach out for the help that you deserve. Our representatives are standing by to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact Judd Shaw Injury Law by calling (866) 909-6894 or getting in touch online to schedule your free case evaluation.