New Jersey Construction Accident Lawyer

A construction site can be one of the most dangerous places to be employed. One in 10 people will be injured while working on a construction site this year. Construction sites are more dangerous than other workplaces because the employees could deal with toxic substances, ladders, scaffolding, heavy equipment, vehicles and machinery. There are plenty of opportunities for injury. Even repetitive motion injury, or overuse injury, such as back injury, can be common among construction workers.

Most sites have strict health and safety rules in place. In the United States, it is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) which is responsible for setting and enforcing standards concerning workplace safety and health. Unfortunately, even the strictest precautions cannot prevent all accidents and injuries.

If you have been injured working on a construction site, you may need the services of a workers compensation attorney who specializes in construction accidents. If you happen to be an innocent bystander injured on, or near, a construction site, due to negligence, you should review your case with a construction accident lawyer. You may be entitled to medical benefits, lost wages and payment for permanent disability or pain and suffering.

If you are the family member of someone who has been injured on a construction site that has resulted in death, consult a New Jersey construction accident lawyer attorney. They may be able to fight for compensation for your pain and suffering.

The state of New Jersey will not make an insurance company pay a claim to an employee if it can prove they are using drugs or alcohol on the job, and in some cases, even in their private time. Your best bet is to contact an attorney as soon as possible after you are injured so they can review your case.

Your lawyer can also interview witnesses, gather evidence and deal with the insurance company. Soon after your accident is reported, you will likely hear from the insurance claims adjuster assigned to your case. They will try to get a taped statement concerning the accident. The job of a claims adjuster is to pay you as little as possible, if at all. They are looking out for their employer, the insurance company, and not you. You should avoid speaking to them until you have had a chance to speak with an attorney.

When you ask for a consultation with a lawyer, they will tell you if their services are necessary. If they think it is a straightforward case with injuries that are not serious, they may advise you to handle it on your own. The person(s) liable could be your employer, another worker at the site, a contractor, or the manufacturer depending on your case. A lawyer would be able to determine who is held responsible based upon the facts provided and the circumstances surround the accident. Since most personal injury and workers' compensation attorneys work on contingency, they will not take your case unless they think they have a good chance of winning it, or they will not get paid.

Finding a construction accident lawyer requires a little homework. You will want to ensure that they are members of the New Jersey Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Ask any questions you have, and make sure to ask about their successes in the construction accident field.


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