The 10 Most Common Construction Accidents in New Jersey

The 10 Most Common Construction Accidents in New Jersey

Construction accidents happen all the time, and they can happen at any time. You should contact a personal injury attorney immediately if you are injured while working on a construction site. A construction injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation that you deserve.

Local hospitals for treatment of construction site injuries:

Most Common Dangers at NJ Construction Sites 

Construction sites are dangerous places to work. They are often filled with heavy equipment, loud noises, and dust. This makes construction sites one of the most hazardous workplaces in New Jersey.

  • According to OSHA, the number one cause of death among workers in New Jersey is falling. Falls happen when workers step off a ladder, scaffold, or platform without proper safety gear. Falls are especially common when workers climb ladders to reach heights above 10 feet.
  • Electrical hazards are another major concern at construction sites. Workers often come into contact with live electrical wires, power tools, and machinery.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when carbon monoxide enters the bloodstream. This gas is produced by burning fuel indoors or using an engine without proper ventilation.
  • Heat illness is caused by overexposure to heat. Symptoms include dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, headaches, muscle cramps, fatigue, confusion, seizures, and coma.
  • Occupational injury refers to injuries sustained while performing job duties. These injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones and amputations.

Where to Turn If You Have Been Injured in a Construction Accident?

In 2019, the CDC reported that 10 million people in the U.S. were employed in the construction industry. In the same year, the BLS stated that 1061 construction workers suffered fatal construction site injuries. Injuries caused by construction accidents range from minor cuts and bruises to serious head trauma. Some injuries may lead to permanent disability or death.

Unfortunately, most construction companies don't provide adequate safety training to employees. This means that many injured workers lack any legal protection against negligent employers.

If you were injured in a construction accident, here are three things you should do immediately after the incident.

  • Make Sure You Get Medical Attention Immediately
  • File an Incident Report
  • Get Legal Help

An experienced construction accident lawyer can help you recover compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, and other damages.

Can You Get Workers' Compensation for Construction Site Accidents?

Workers' compensation insurance is designed to protect workers injured on the job. However, most employers don't realize that workers' comp benefits can provide additional benefits to employees beyond medical care and lost wages.

There are two types of workers' comp claims:

  • First aid claims cover minor injuries, such as cuts and bruises.
  • Occupational claims cover serious injuries, such as broken bones and head trauma.

Here are five things you may be entitled to through workers' compensation benefits.

  • Medical Care - Medical care is one of the biggest benefits provided by workers' compensation. If an employee suffers an injury on the job, they are entitled to receive medical treatment. This includes doctor visits, medication, physical therapy, and rehabilitation services.
  • Lost Wages - Lost wages are another benefit available under workers' compensation. Employees who suffer injuries on the job often miss days of work. They may also miss future earnings due to the injury. Employees can file a claim for lost wages and receive temporary total disability benefits. Temporary total disability benefits are paid until the employee returns to work or reaches maximum medical improvement.
  • Reimbursement for Travel Expenses - Travel expenses are often reimbursed under workers' compensation. These include travel costs such as gas, tolls, parking fees, and rental car charges.
  • Retirement Plan Contributions - Retirement plan contributions are another benefit available to injured workers. Employers are required to contribute money toward retirement plans for injured workers.

What Can I Do If I am Denied Workers' Compensation?

In most states, employers are required to provide workers' compensation coverage for their employees. However, sometimes an employee may be denied workers' compensation benefits. This happens when the employer denies responsibility for the injury.

Employees who believe they were wrongfully denied workers' compensation benefits may file a claim with the state department of labor. They may also file a lawsuit against the employer.

An attorney experienced in handling workers' compensation cases can help you determine whether you qualify for benefits and whether you have grounds for filing a lawsuit.

Speak with a New Jersey Construction Accident Attorney About Your Case

At Garden State Justice Group, our construction injury attorneys are experienced in helping clients who have been injured during a construction project. We understand that these types of accidents can happen unexpectedly and quickly. As such, our law firm knows that it is critical to have a legal representative at your side from the moment you become aware of your injury. We offer free consultations, so don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your situation.

Call Garden State Justice Group today for a free consultation about your construction accident.

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Date Published: September 15, 2022
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