Fair Lawn, NJ – Arborist Hospitalized With Broken Leg After Tree-Top Incident on Ellington Rd
Fair Lawn, NJ (October 07, 2022) – A firefighter was in the right place at the right time to rescue a tree trimmer who was left precariously perched in a tree in Fair Lawn after a felled limb broke his leg on Thursday, October 6th.
Firefighters were unable to safely reach the arborist, a 42-year-old man from Hackensack, with an aerial ladder after the incident left him stuck on a shaky tree limb 30 feet above the backyard of a house on Ellington Road at about 8:30 a.m.
Instead, rescuers used a configuration of ground ladders and ropes to reach the tree trimmer.
In a stroke of luck, an off-duty fireman who teaches a course on rope rescue for hostage negotiation happened to be in the area. He was able to quickly climb the tree and fit the stranded victim with a safety harness.
The victim was lowered directly onto a stretcher and moved to the trauma unit at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson.
The entire operation took less than 20 minutes, according to responders.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
On-the-Job Accidents in New Jersey
In most situations, an employee isn’t able to sue their employer for a job site injury. There are, however, a few scenarios where an injured worker may be eligible to file a suit to collect compensation for their job site injuries and other damages including:
- If a defective product caused your injury, you might have a legitimate lawsuit against the manufacturer
- If your employer does not have a valid workers’ compensation policy, you might be able to sue them for damages
- Your injury occurred due to the negligence of someone who was not your employer or your co-worker (a third party)
- If your injury was due to exposure to unlawful substances or toxic chemicals
- Your employer’s negligence was causing you intentional harm
Parties who can be found negligent for job site injuries usually include the owner of the building or dangerous property on which the accident took place, or the manufacturer of an unsafe or defective piece of machinery that caused the injury. Other liable parties could include independent contractors, subcontractors, or others working on the site.
The above-listed scenarios are known as third-party lawsuits. If you are eligible to file a third-party suit, you will most likely recover far more than you would have received through workers’ comp, which pays victims only a partial wage-loss benefit and does not provide any compensation for pain, suffering, and other damages related to your injury.
The attorneys at Metro Law work diligently to ensure victims have their legal rights protected so they can move forward from their unexpected and undeserved injuries. Contact our New Jersey personal injury attorneys by calling (800) 469-6476 to see how we can help you.
The advocacy and representation for the financial compensation you are entitled to can only be provided by an experienced and skilled New Jersey job site accident lawyer.
Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post.
Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.