Construction work is notoriously dangerous, and has one of the highest incidents of injuries and accidents of work sites in the country.
When a worker is injured due to faulty equipment, poor safety conditions, negligent managers, or inadequate training, the livelihood of those workers and their families can be at great risk, as medical costs add up quickly, and if the injured worker cannot work, how will they pay these costs, not to mention their regular bills?
If you have been injured in a construction accident due to the reckless or negligent actions of another party, you may be able to seek compensation for the damages you have suffered by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
At The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman, we have 50 years of experience helping injured clients recover compensation in personal injury lawsuits of all kinds, including construction accidents. With millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements already recovered for our clients, our Bloomfield construction accident lawyers have the track record, experience, and skills you need to successfully resolve your claim.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
Construction accidents take many forms, often depending on the specific type of work site in question. That being said, certain accidents are more common than others. Common causes of construction accident injuries include:
- Ladder and Scaffolding falls
- Forklift accidents
- Falling objects
- Malfunctioning machinery such as cranes or drills
- Exposed wiring causing electrocution
- Falls from roofs
Many times, injuries resulting from these types of accidents could have been prevented had the necessary and required steps been taken. Proving this to be the case is the crux of any claim, and your Bloomfield construction accident attorney can help you do exactly this.
What Should I Do if I have been Involved in a Construction Accident?
If you have been involved in any kind of accident at a construction site, there are two critical steps to take.
First, seek medical attention. Even if you feel OK, there are many types of serious injuries which do not become apparent until some time following the initial accident. For example, a traumatic brain injury will often take several days for the symptoms to manifest themselves, but the sooner you detect a brain injury, the less potential damage it can cause you, and the stronger any potential injury claim will become (the more time that transpires between the accident and the discovery of any injuries will make it harder for your attorney to prove the link between the two).
The second most important thing to do following any construction accident is to not speak with the insurance company or any of their representatives until after you have spoken with an attorney. Our law firm offers free consultations for any accident or injury, so you do not have to worry about the cost of speaking with our Bloomfield construction accident attorneys.
Many times injury victims can ruin their case by saying the wrong thing to the insurance company, and by speaking with an attorney before saying anything to the insurance company, you can properly protect the strength of your case.
Recovering Compensation for a Construction Accident
Construction site operators and the various entities involved with construction site operations have a legal obligation to take the steps necessary to ensuring worker safety. Sadly however, many construction site accident injuries are caused because these same entities cut corners, and didn’t take the necessary safety precautions.
In order for an injured party to recover compensation in a construction accident injury claim, they must be able to prove that the liable parties failed to take “reasonable” steps towards preventing the accident. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards are what are most commonly used in New Jersey courts to determine whether or not these reasonable steps were taken.
In order to best prove that these reasonable steps were not taken in your case, it is highly recommended that you retain the counsel of an experienced Bloomfield construction accident attorney. Your attorney will be familiar with the methods of collecting evidence, and presenting this evidence to the courts in a manner that is effective and compelling.
Contact Our Bloomfield Construction Accident Attorneys Today
Our attorneys believe in providing attentive service to our clients, and that by keeping our clients highly informed and involved in the legal process, we can best understand their unique concerns in any legal matter, and work to secure them the resolution that best meets their specific needs.
To speak with a Bloomfield construction accident attorney today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your potential claim, call our office.