Experienced Construction Accidents Attorneys in New York & New Jersey
Every day, millions of people throughout the states of New York and New Jersey head out to their place of employment. Construction is one industry that employs tens of thousands of people in our area. Although these workers expect to have a safe place to perform the duties of their job, this is not always the case. Regrettably, the unpredictable conditions can present numerous challenges for workers. Given the dangerous circumstances these workers are forced to endure, a substantial number of people are injured on the job each year.
Not only does this industry present unpredictable work conditions, but it requires workers to utilize heavy machinery that can be dangerous and hard to handle. Not only does heavy machinery present challenges for workers, but unstable grounds, weather conditions, live wires, and various other factors can contribute to injury accidents in an instant. Being injured in a construction accident can result in overwhelming mental and physical pain and suffering. As if dealing with constant medical treatment, surgery, and therapy were not enough, many victims and their families are forced to endure stacking medical bills and various other negative financial impacts.
Construction accidents can cause confusion for the victim and the victim’s family. Workers’ compensation benefits are usually readily available and often cover all needed medical care and income needs. The question arises — if I am receiving workers’ compensation benefits, am I eligible for further compensation? And from whom? Working with a trusted and effective legal team after being harmed in a construction accident can help to ensure you are able to get the justice and compensation you need and deserve. At the construction accident law firm of MetroLaw.Com, we can answer your questions and provide you with effective legal representation. Call 973-344-6587 to schedule a free initial consultation at our Newark, New Jersey, office, or one of our New York office locations.
Common Construction Accidents
Reports provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) show that nearly 6.5 million Americans work in the construction industry. The demands of the construction industry are extremely unique. Workers are forced to deal with a variety of mental strains, as well as they are often required to deal with lifting heavy objects and other physically demanding activities. There are many instances where workers are forced to perform duties with heavy machinery while working on unstable surfaces. Given the duties in which construction workers are frequently engaged, they are at an increased risk of being harmed.
When construction workers are injured on the job, it is crucial that they seek legal guidance from a knowledgeable attorney who can help them maximize their recoveries. At Metro Law, our construction accident attorneys have helped thousands of injured workers get the benefits and compensation they deserve after an accident. Our attorneys represent clients who have been injured in a variety of accidents on construction sites, and the family members of fatal accident/wrongful death victims:
- Falls from scaffolding
- Falls from ladders
- Electric shock accidents
- Explosion incidents
- Fire incidents
- Arc flash/blast accidents
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Being struck by heavy objects
- Falling objects
- OSHA violations
- Forklift and crane accidents
- Equipment malfunctions
No matter what circumstances lead to your accident, it is crucial that you take swift actions to protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Metro Law have extensive experience fighting to help injured construction workers get the justice they deserve. Contact our law firm today to discuss your case.
Common Injuries from Construction Accidents
Construction workers are often required to perform duties in very unpredictable and sometimes unsafe conditions. Numerous jobs require workers to remain outdoors where they are not only battling with unstable ground surfaces, but various natural elements. The uncertainty that workers face places them at an increased risk of being harmed. When workers are injured on the job, it is crucial that they seek legal guidance as soon as possible. At Metro Law, our team has helped thousands of workers move forward after being injured. Some of the most common types of injuries we help victims of construction accidents recover from include:
- Nerve damage
- Brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Vision loss or damage
- Hearing loss
- Electrocution injuries
- Head injuries
Although we hope that everyone is able to recover after being hurt on the job, that is not always the case. As a result, we have helped many bereaved families recover after losing loved ones in construction accidents. If you are injured on the job, or your loved one lost their life in a construction site accident, contact our law firm as soon as possible. Our team at Metro Law is dedicated to helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
We Hold Employers Accountable For OSHA Violations
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets up rules and regulations to protect all workers. When contractors, subcontractors and property owners violate OSHA guidelines and you get hurt, you may be eligible for financial compensation beyond your workers’ comp benefits.
At the law offices of MetroLaw.Com, our Newark and New York lawyers have been protecting injured construction workers for over 30 years. We understand both the state and federal laws, and we know how the violation of OSHA standards often leads to dangerous construction accidents.
We Put A Team Of Experts On Your Case
OSHA sets the standards for all work environments, including construction sites. If you have been injured in any type of construction accident, it is our job to look at OSHA reports and determine whether or not any OSHA regulations were violated.
While we have the experience to handle these matters on our own, we understand that your future depends on the outcome of this case. That is why we work with experts from a variety of fields to help us determine all avenues for full compensation. Working with investigators to determine the role of OSHA violations and consulting doctors to look out for your medical interests, our lawyers will be here for you.
Third-Party Liability In Construction Accidents
In a construction accident claim, you are often barred from suing your employer under workers’ compensation laws. However, you are often able to recover damages from negligent third parties. For instance, negligent or careless general contractors can be legally held responsible for damages. For example, if a plumbing contractor is injured by a roofing contractor, the plumbing contractor most likely cannot sue his employer but can sue the roofing company.
Personal injury lawyer Robert Solomon has successfully recovered damages in construction accident cases, including:
- Our client was a dock builder who, while setting a foundation and pouring cement, was buried in a cave-in caused by another company that was driving piles nearby. Our client suffered a broken leg and shoulder. We sued the company that caused the cave-in, and won a $1.5 million award for our client and his family.
- Our client was injured on the job while working on a dock on the pier. A ferryboat entered the terminal at a speed higher than the posted maximum and struck the pier. Our client injured his arm, and we sued the owner of the ferry, achieving a $500,000 resolution for our client.
- Our client’s husband was severely burned when a pipeline he was welding at a terminal port exploded. He later died. On behalf of our client, we sued the company that owned the pipeline. Our client will receive $2.5 million over 30 years.
Each case is unique, and results will vary depending on the facts of each case.
Injured Due To Unsafe Equipment?
Construction sites are dangerous enough when everything goes according to plan. If you have been injured while using defective or unsafe equipment, you may be entitled to compensation beyond your workers’ compensation benefits. An experienced lawyer can help you understand your options.
With over 30 years of experience, our firm understands the challenges facing injured workers in Newark, New Jersey, and throughout New York. We have handled a wide range of construction accident claims, including defective products and unsafe equipment.
Unsafe Equipment And Equipment Failures
Most accidents involving unsafe equipment are caused by a failure to maintain the dangerous equipment. In all cases, it is the responsibility of the owner of the equipment to properly maintain it in a safe condition. Owners, not general contractors or subcontractors, are liable for any accidents. This opens an avenue for further compensation for injured workers, above and beyond workers’ comp.
With so much heavy machinery and potentially dangerous equipment at a construction site, every worker is at risk of an accident and a serious injury. If you have suffered an injury involving from any of the following, it is time to find out more about your options:
- Cement mixers
- Welding equipment
- Pile drivers
- Air compressors
Whether you have fallen off scaffolding or suffered an injury due to unsafe welding equipment, construction accidents can cause catastrophic injuries. Our lawyers work with experts in a variety of fields, including investigators, doctors and financial analysts, to make sure you maximize your compensation after your workplace injury.
Helping You Recover After A Scaffolding Accident
When you are working with scaffolding, the smallest mistake can cause serious accidents and lead to major injuries. While workers’ compensation will cover your medical benefits, you may be eligible for further compensation by filing a personal injury claim after your scaffolding accident.
At the law offices of MetroLaw.Com, we have been protecting workers injured in construction accidents for over 30 years. From high-level slip and falls to dangerous equipment collapses, we can make sure you get the full extent of benefits you deserve. We have an office in Newark and an office in New York for your convenience.
How Laws Differ From State To State
In the state of New York, there is strict liability against the scaffold company for all accident injuries. This means that you do not have to prove how the accident occurred in order to receive fair compensation. If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident in New York, do not hesitate to take action today.
The laws are different in New Jersey. There is no strict liability, so workers face a more uphill battle in New Jersey state courts. However, our attorneys will work with investigative experts to understand what caused your scaffolding accident, whether it was weak planking or bad rigging.
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Every year, thousands of people are injured in construction site accidents across New York and New Jersey. These accidents often leave workers with overwhelming pain and suffering. The mental, physical, and financial consequences often make moving forward unbearable. When people are harmed on the job due to the negligence of others, as a result of inadequate training, or for other reasons, it is crucial that they seek legal guidance as soon as possible. Those harmed may be entitled to compensation to help alleviate the financial burdens they face moving forward. Working with a trusted and effective construction accident attorney can help to ensure your legal rights are protected.
At Metro Law, we provide aggressive, effective, and competent legal guidance to ensure construction workers’ legal rights are protected after being involved in accidents on the job. Our team will evaluate your claim, investigate the site of your accident, and gather critical evidence to ensure you are in the best position possible to prevail whether you pursue third-party legal action, workers’ compensation claims, or both. Contact our law firm as soon as possible to get started with your case. We offer free initial consultations and are available for evening and weekend appointments. To contact us, call us toll free at 973-344-6587, or fill out our online form.