New Jersey Construction Accident Attorneys
Who Do I Sue?
A New Jersey personal injury lawyer will investigate whether you can sue the party responsible for your construction accident injury. New Jersey Worker’s Compensation laws restrict many construction accident lawsuits, particularly where your employer’s negligence caused the injury.
However, your New Jersey personal injury attorney will evaluate how the injury happened and look to see if there is another responsible party that caused the dangerous condition. For example, another contractor, subcontractor, engineer, or defective equipment might be responsible for the injury. If so, you might have a “third party” case against the negligent person or negligent business.
Can I Sue My Boss?
New Jersey’s Worker’s Compensation laws protect your employer from your lawsuit if your injury was caused by negligence. New Jersey has decided that it is more important that an injured employee is protected by Worker’s Compensation benefits. Worker’s Compensation benefits are available regardless of fault.
The Most Common Causes Of Construction Accident Injuries In New Jersey
One of the most common causes of injuries in construction accidents is workers or items that fall from a height. There is an increased risk of injury with so many tools and materials being moved up high. This causes tripping hazards and the possibility of things falling from a height.
Other causes include electrocution, defective tools, negligently operated machinery, trench accidents, falling walls, falling structures, and broken scaffolding.
Most Common Injuries Suffered After A Construction Accident
- Broken or fractured bones
- Brain hemorrhaging or traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal Injuries
What Should I Do After My Construction Accident?
As with all accidents, the first step is to get medical attention and to take care of your health. At that stage, your mind is not thinking of a lawsuit for a construction related accident; however, you or somebody you can trust should take some steps as soon as possible to document what happened. The more information, the better.
Fill out accident reports, get the names of witnesses and people with knowledge, take photographs, and take video.
It is also likely that you are entitled to Worker’s Compensation benefits that you need to pursue.
What Does Worker’s Compensation Have To Do With A Construction Accident Lawsuit?
A “Worker’s Compensation” claim is different from a “Third Party” lawsuit. If you are injured on the job, you should be entitled to Worker’s Compensation benefits from your employer regardless of who was at fault. In return, the law restricts you from suing your employer in a regular lawsuit if the employer’s negligence caused the injury.
On the other hand, if your construction accident injury was caused by a third party, such as another contractor, you might be able to sue that third party for negligence. That will be in addition to Worker’s Compensation claim. In such a case, you will need a Worker’s Compensation lawyer and a regular personal injury lawyer.
At Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O’Cathain & O’Cathain, LLC, we handle the third-party construction accident case which is filed in New Jersey Superior Court like a regular personal injury lawsuit.
What Does The OSHA Have To Do With My Lawsuit?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency that is dedicated to creating and maintaining safe working conditions. OSHA regulations are particularly important on construction sites which can become a hazardous workplace when some bosses look to cut corners because they are driven by making a quick dollar.
Understanding OSHA regulations is important to understanding who is at fault for your construction injury.
How Much Time Do I Have To Sue?
Generally, in New Jersey, your third-party construction accident lawsuit must be filed within two (2) years of the accident.
How Long Does A New Jersey Construction Accident Lawsuit Take?
Third party construction accident lawsuits in New Jersey are usually resolved within two (2) years from the time of filing.
How Do I Pay For A Construction Accident Attorney?
A common question when looking for a construction accident attorney is “How much does a construction attorney cost?” We handle third party construction accident lawsuits in New Jersey on a contingency fee basis.
Contact Our Experienced New Jersey Construction Accident Lawyers
At Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O’Cathain & O’Cathain, LLC, our team of New Jersey personal injury lawyers are experienced, dedicated and committed to help those going through very difficult times. Contact us today at 201-488-1161 for a free construction accident legal consultation.
If we decide to pursue your case, we will commit ourselves to getting you justice through maximum financial compensation.