A construction accident can be a chaotic and devastating occurrence. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the four most common construction accidents that can lead to serious or life-threatening injuries include:
- Falls: Approximately 381 construction workers died in 2017 due to falls – accounting for nearly 40 percent of all construction fatalities.
- Struck by object accidents: 80 deaths in 2017 – accounting for more than 8 percent of all construction fatalities.
- Electrocutions: 71 deaths in 2017 – accounting for more than 7 percent of all construction fatalities.
- Caught-in/between accidents: 50 deaths in 2017 – accounting for more than 5 percent of all construction fatalities.
Statistics aside, only one thing is for certain: you’re injured. So, now what?
What can I expect following a construction accident?
The aftermath of a construction accident can be overwhelming and confusing. You may be wondering how you’ll go about receiving adequate medical care. Or how you’ll afford to pay for costly medical procedures, prescription medication, and physical therapy -- all while you’re unable to work and collect a paycheck.
The good news is, you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to cover the medical costs and lost wages. The bad news is, filing a claim and pursuing benefits isn’t easy and it only takes one small misstep to be denied.
That’s why you should consult with an experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible to avoid any confusion and ensure that the process goes smoothly.
Can I collect other damages after a construction accident?
If you were injured in a construction accident, workers’ compensation covers your medical expenses and lost wages. It does not cover non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering or punitive damages.
By default, workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. That means, you could collect benefits even if there was no negligence involved.
On the other hand, if a third-party caused your construction accident, you may be eligible for additional damages. A third party is a person or entity not associated with your employer. It could include:
- A driver who struck you while you were working on a roadway
- A contractor or employee from another company
- The manufacturer of a defective tool or machinery
- A business or property owner of a premises you visited in the scope of your employment
Why should I hire an attorney?
If you’re a construction worker who was hurt on the job, and you’re unsure what legal options are available to you, it’s best to speak to a knowledgeable attorney at Shebell & Shebell Attorneys at Law.
We handle both workers’ compensation and third-party construction accident claims. Our legal team has real experience negotiating with insurance companies for fair settlements and winning in the courtroom.
Our law offices are located in Shrewsbury and Freehold, New Jersey. To learn how we can help you, contact us online or simply call us at (732) 663-1122.