Construction is considered to be one of the most dangerous industries by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) because of the numerous hazards that workers face on a daily basis. According to OSHA, there are four types of construction accidents that can be particularly serious, as they most often cause fatalities. These “fatal four” are:
- Falls – Workers can often fall from ladders, scaffolding, or other heights, especially if they do not have the proper safety equipment.
- Electrocutions – Construction sites often have ungrounded wires and unfinished electrical systems that can cause serious electrocutions.
- Being struck by an object – Objects such as tools or building materials can fall from equipment or from workers at higher levels and can land on workers below.
- Being caught in between two objects – Workers can become crushed under or between heavy equipment or building materials.
These are far from the only types of accidents that can cause serious injuries in construction areas. How you can receive compensation for your injuries often depends on what type of accident that caused your injuries.
For example, if you are an employee of a construction company (and not an independent contractor), you will likely need to seek workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical costs and to receive income replacement if you had to miss work. If your injuries are long-term, you can obtain disability benefits from workers’ compensation insurance. Insurers can be difficult to deal with, however, and often rightful claims get delayed or denied. An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help you receive the full amount you need for your injuries.
If you are an independent contractor, you are not entitled to workers’ compensation but you do have the right to file a personal injury claim against the party that caused the accident to seek compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and more. You will need to determine whether the construction company, a manufacturer, or another third party caused your accident and injuries.
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If you have been injured in a construction accident in New Jersey, it is important to learn your rights. The office of David H. Kaplan Attorney at Law has helped many injured victims navigate the workers’ compensation system or pursue a personal injury claim in civil court. We will stand up for your rights to the benefits and compensation you deserve after a construction accident, so please call to discuss your situation for free today.