Jobsite Injury Lawyer
Each year there are over 200,000 construction workers injured on jobsites. Construction sites are dangerous and surrounded by hazardous materials. When a jobsite is not safe, injuries can occur.
Federal and state laws mandate worksites to be safe for workers. Unfortunately, construction accidents happen and the results can be devastating. General contractors and employers bear the burden of providing a safe environment.
Common Jobsite Accidents
Common types of jobsite accidents include:
- Roofing accident
- Toxic fumes
- Chemical burns
- Faulty wiring
- Crane accident
- Scaffold accident
- Truck accident
- Machinery malfunction
- Defective products
Who is Responsible
The general contractor or employer must train the workers for their position. Additionally, they must provide a safe environment by maintaining the site. This includes machinery. If the machinery is defective, it must be fixed or replaced.
When there is an injury on a construction site, the general contractor or employer is responsible. Even if the worker is not an employee but a subcontractor, the general contractor can be liable.
New Jersey Workers’ Compensation
Workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” insurance program. It offers many remedies for employees injured within the scope of duty. Workers’ compensation includes the following benefits:
- Medical Benefits
- Temporary Medical Benefits
- Permanent Partial Benefits
- Permanent Total Benefits
Workers’ compensation additionally provides death benefits to the dependents of injured workers. No matter the fault, the injured employee will receive these benefits.
If an injury occurs, the injured person must notify the general contractor or employer immediately. You must follow the proper procedures to receive workers’ compensation. A workers’ compensation lawyer can help you understand your rights.
It is the construction company’s responsibility to provide a safe environment. But, where there is negligence, a jobsite injury may occur. Their duty is to inspect and maintain the safety of the site which may cause an injury.
To file a lawsuit for negligence, a plaintiff must prove:
- Someone else had a duty of care to keep the victim out of harm’s way,
- That person breached their duty of care,
- That breach caused the victim’s injuries, and
- The extent of the injuries that the victim suffered.
Jobsite Injury Lawsuits
If you or a loved one is injured on a construction jobsite, you may file a lawsuit. Upon reporting an injury, the jobsite is preserved for investigation purposes. Witnesses and OSHA are called upon for the case.
An experienced attorney will help you through the legal process. Additionally, workers’ compensation is available for workers, even subcontractors, injured on the job.
New Jersey Construction Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has a jobsite injury, our lawyers at Kane & Silverman can help you. We help you get money for medical bills, wage loss, and more. Call us anytime at 856-482-7898 to speak to a member of our legal staff. Or, use our online contact form to schedule a free injury consultation.