If you have been injured on a construction site in New York City, Long Island or New Jersey, construction accident attorneys at Eisbrouch Marsh, LLC can answer any questions you have about your legal options and rights to compensation. Workers’ compensation can help substitute for lost wages, but those payments may not cover all the medical bills and other expenses that result from a serious injury.
Call us today at 201-342-5545 to discuss your legal case and understand your legal rights to compensation.
Common Types of Construction Accidents
Construction work is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Some of the most common kinds of construction accidents are:
- Falls. Falls are the leading cause of death in construction accidents. Roughly one-third of all fatalities on construction sites occur as the result of falls. When management does not provide proper personal protective equipment or otherwise comply with safety standards, workers can suffer serious injuries when they fall from heights.
- Machinery and Equipment. Cranes, earth-movers, forklifts, tractors, and other motorized equipment can cause accidents on construction sites when contractors fail to provide adequate training to workers or do not observe safety regulations. Smaller tools such as nail guns, jackhammers, and chainsaws can also result in construction accidents.
- Negligence. Workers can be seriously hurt or killed when contractors fail to notify them of hidden gas lines, piping, or electrical wiring. Additionally, toxic chemicals can sicken construction workers using them without adequate ventilation.
Heavy Equipment Accidents
Heavey equipment accidents have the potential to cause some of the most debilitating injuries in a construction environment. The human body, even with safety equipment, is no match for the forces that heavy construction equipment can exert. Heavy equipment that commonly causes severe injuries includes.
- Cement misers
- Pile drivers
- Fork lifts
New York is known for its towering skyscrapers and impressive architecture. Yet, few people know the true perils involved in working on these construction sites. Cranes can cause severe injuries when:
- Cranes are operated without proper licensing or oversight
- Cranes are operated without adequate safety equipment
- Crane parts are defective in some way
- Cranes are improperly set up
- Cranes are not frequently inspected and correctly maintained
- Cranes tip over
Crane injuries cause some of the most devastating construction accident injuries, such as paralysis, traumatic brain injury, and even death.
Falls are also a leading cause of injuries on construction sites. From broken bones to brain injury, falls wound thousands of construction workers each year, and about one in three construction worker deaths are linked to falls.
Common causes of fall accidents on construction sites include:
- Defective ladder equipment or improper training on using ladders safely
- Crowding too many workers or too much construction material onto scaffolding
- Failing to provide guardrails, harnesses, and other safety equipment to workers
Workers’ Compensation for Construction Injuries
Under the New Jersey and New York Worker’s Compensation systems, employees are insured to receive benefits to cover medical expenses and some time away from work for when injured on the job.
As simple as it sounds, filing for and obtaining workers’ compensation can be full of pitfalls for the unwary worker. At Eisbrouch Marsh, we can help you understand your rights to benefits under workers’ compensation and help you through the legal process of obtaining the full benefits you are due. We can also determine whether you can file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries.
Call Today for Your Free Construction Injury Consultation
At Eisbrouch Marsh, we are dedicated to helping construction accident victims recover the compensation they deserve through the workers’ compensation system or through a civil lawsuit.
If you have been injured on the job, please contact Eisbrouch Marsh today at 201-342-5545 for your free consultation.
We serve residents in northern New Jersey, including Hackensack, Paramus, and throughout Bergen County from our offices in New Jersey and New York.