New Jersey Construction Accident Lawyer
The construction industry is considered as one of the most dangerous careers any worker can have in the United States. Although construction workers are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they are injured on the job, another option does exist.
Construction accident victims may be able to file personal injury claims against third parties in the event that an injury results from the accident. The New Jersey construction accident ttorneys at Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC work diligently to protect construction workers who are injured on the job by the negligent acts of individuals other than employers or co-workers. We help victims throughout the northeastern counties of Hudson, Essex, and Bergen obtain the compensation that they are entitled to for the workplace injury. For more than forty years, we have tirelessly to successfully represent the injured New Jersey construction workers obtain fair and full settlements for their injuries and losses.
The Dangers Of The Construction Site
According to the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration, over 6.5 million Americans go to work on construction sites daily across the United States. A large percentage of workers face the grueling challenges of maneuvering heavy equipment while building. Unfortunately, there are many risks of injuries construction workers face on a daily basis. Some of these include:
- Ladder injuries;
- Crane accidents;
- Safety code violations;
- Equipment defects;
- Trench and tunnel collapses;
- Heavy equipment accidents;
- Falling objects;
- Equipment failures;
- Scaffold accidents;
- Electric shocks; and
- Arc flashes/arc blasts.
Individuals are at an increased risk of sustaining injuries due to negligence, poor supervision, and safety violations. Unfortunately, these types of accidents are far more common than most workers care to admit.
The legal team at Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC are committed to helping construction accident victims better understand the confusing process of handling workers’ compensation benefits, as well as their lawsuits against third parties.
Through methodical investigation, thorough preparation, and effective representation, the attorneys at Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC work diligently and aggressively to secure the results our clients deserve.
Types Of Construction Accidents We See
Unfortunately, construction workers are routinely injured or die in situations which are almost always preventable. Any worker who is injured on a construction site may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and damages.
Some of the most common injuries for which we help construction workers obtain reparations include:
Burns: Working with heavy machinery and in unsafe conditions places construction workers at an increased risk of sustaining burn injuries. Burns tend to be some of the most devastating injuries because they are extremely painful and require extended periods for recovery. These injuries often cause muscle and nerve damage, and can lead to permanent scarring.
Nerve Damage: Nerve damage is another unfortunate injury that is common for construction workers. Construction site injuries related to faulty tools and equipment, dropped materials or equipment, and other instances place workers at an increased risk for nerve damage. These injuries can have a permanent impact on a worker’s mobility and quality-of-life.
Brain Injuries: Although workers wear hard hats, brain and head injuries are common on construction sites. These injuries can cause permanent impairment, memory loss, behavioral problems, and impaired motor function. Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries often force construction workers of the work site indefinitely, which can have a major impact on their financial stability.
Permanent Vision Loss: Workers who remain out in the sun, in front of welders, or engaged in various other activities are at risk of sustaining permanent vision loss. This type of injury can have a devastating impact on a worker’s life.
Permanent Hearing Loss: Individuals who suffer from permanent hearing loss lose more than just their ability to hear. Quite often, individuals who experience hearing loss often have problems speaking, experience balance issues, and various other problems. These accidents often occur from the improper supply of safety equipment and working around loud machinery all day long.
Electrocution: Construction sites increase the risk of workers sustaining injuries from electrocution. Faulty wiring, moist and damp work environments, and various other factors leave workers vulnerable. These injuries can have a serious impact on a worker’s life and lead to permanent damage.
Paralysis: Workers who suffer slips and falls, have objects dropped on them, or fall from high places are at an increased risk of becoming paralyzed. This type of injury has a major impact on all aspects of a worker’s life. Paralysis is a condition that requires a lifetime of medical treatment and equipment, preventing workers from engaging in activities they enjoy. A lot of individuals who have paralysis are unable to care for themselves, which can place addiction burdens on their loved ones.
Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal cord injuries are often devastating. These injuries cause immense pain and suffering for those who sustain them. Spinal cord injuries can lead to permanent or temporary paralysis and leave sufferers unable to function normally. Spinal cord injuries dramatically impair a person’s range of mobility, which makes it extremely difficult for them to return to work or go about a normal lifestyle.
Amputations: Working in dangerous conditions place workers at an increased risk of suffering from an amputation injury. Workers who lose feet, hands, arms, or legs often require extensive medical treatment and therapy to help deal with the complications from their conditions. Losing a limb can have a major impact on a worker’s ability to function normally and conduct the duties of their employment.
Death: Unfortunately, there are many instances when workers sustain fatal injuries while on the construction site. Every day, three workers across the United States are killed while working in construction. Losing a loved one to a construction accident can have a devastating impact on surviving family members. The loss of income can make dealing with financial obligations difficult.
If you or someone you love were injured on a construction site, or your loved one died, as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is important to contact a New Jersey or Jersey City personal injury attorney from Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Who Is Liable For A Construction Site Accident?
Unlike accidents at most workplaces, construction site accidents are unique in that there are many parties who can be at fault for a worker’s injuries. In most cases, a worker’s direct employer will offer workers’ compensation benefits to the injured worker. This coverage may be available to workers who wish to file. However, construction accident victims are often able to hold several parties liable for injuries they sustain. Construction site accident lawsuits may involve:
- Trucking companies;
- Property or site owners; and/or
If you were injured on a construction site, it is imperative to contact a trusted and experienced personal injury attorney at Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC as soon as possible to protect your legal rights to restitution and justice.
What Damages Are Available For Construction Accident Victims?
Construction workers who are injured on the worksite have a variety of damages available to them for which they can obtain reparations. For over 50-years, attorneys at Brady Reilly & Cardoso,LLC have helped individuals across Northeastern New Jersey obtain compensation for their injuries and losses:
Lost Wages: Workers who are injured on the construction site often have to take time off work for their recovery. Workers who sustain injuries may have to undergo surgery, become hospitalized, and may require therapy and various other treatments. Victims who are unable to work due to medical treatments may be able to earn settlements for lost wages on the days of their appointments.
Lost Earnings: In cases where severe injuries occur, construction workers may not be able to return to work ever again. In these cases, injury victims are able to file claims for lost earnings. Lost earnings are generally calculated by a financial expert. These damages are calculated by taking into consideration the age and education level of the worker, the chances of promotions, the duration in which the worker should be expected to work for the remainder of their career, inflation rates, and various other factors.
Loss of Consortium: When victims sustain injuries, it often has a devastating impact on their spouses and children. For this reason, courts enable construction accident victims to obtain compensation for the loss of spousal relationships, loss of parental guidance, and various other negative experiences the victim and their families have in the aftermath of an accident.
Medical Expenses: Construction workers who are injured onsite often face extensive medical treatment. These workers may be hospitalized, undergo various surgeries, face extensive therapy, and have to use medical equipment and medications. Victims are able to receive reparations for all medical expenses related to their injuries. Courts often consider all past, current, and anticipated treatments a victim requires.
Rehabilitation: In certain cases, victims are required to go through rehabilitation programs after their injuries. These programs help construction workers perform various tasks as their injuries heal. Workers who have broken legs or arms, lost limbs, or suffered severe wounds often have to relearn how to use the body part or how to function adequately without it. Rehabilitation can go on for weeks, months, or years following a construction site accident.
Pain and Suffering: Construction accidents can cause overwhelming pain and suffering to victims. In some cases, pain lasts indefinitely. Courts often award victims financial compensation for pain and suffering based on the severity of their injuries, as well as how long the worker is expected to be impacted by their injuries. It is imperative to adequately demonstrate to the court how severely a victim’s injuries affect their daily lives. Working with the lawyers at Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC will enable you to provide a clear and concise view of your injuries true impacts on you and your family.
Mental Anguish: Accident victims often suffer severe mental anguish in the aftermath of an accident. Whether they suffer from anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, or even feelings of hopelessness, victims are able to obtain repayment for their mental anguish and all treatments necessary to help alleviate some of the mental stress victims experience.
In some cases, victims are able to obtain punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages in New Jersey. These damages are awarded by courts as a form of punishment toward the defendant for their extremely negligent or reckless actions. Working with a skilled and dedicated attorney from Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC will ensure you obtain a full and fair amount of compensation for your injuries and damages.
The Aftermath Of An Accident
The construction industry is physically demanding. It involves a lot of tools and heavy equipment that can easily cause injuries to workers. Unfortunately, companies often go out of their way to disprove liability for construction accidents simply because of the legal and financial repercussions they face.
When you are injured in a construction accident, your employer may try to claim you are at fault for your own injuries. Employers may hire investigators in hopes of finding any evidence against you to disprove your claim. In addition, employers may rush to injury victims and offer minimal settlements while forcing them to sign away their legal rights to sue. For this reason, it is crucial to contact an aggressive, devoted, and experienced attorney from Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC to help you with your case.
A New Jersey Construction Accident Attorney Can Help You
For over 50 years in business, the attorneys at Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC have helped victims hold negligent parties responsible for their actions. Our attorneys understand the devastating circumstances victims face in the aftermath of construction accidents, which is why we are dedicated to helping victims protect their legal rights.
Our experienced team of lawyers prepare every case as if it will go to trial. Our attorneys are respected trial attorneys in New Jersey and have prevailed in numerous cases that involved complicated and complex legal matters and won high-value claims. We investigate claims, gather evidence and information, have experts reconstruct the scene of the accident, gather statements from witnesses, and perform various other tasks that help build a strong case for victims to present in court. This places us at an advantage for negotiating fair and full settlements on behalf of accident victims.
If you or a loved one were injured in a construction site accident, contact Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC today at (201) 997-0030 to speak with a lawyer about your construction accident. We offer day time and evening appointments for victims to come in and discuss the circumstances of their cases and determine the best legal options available.
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