Construction Accident Lawyer Helping Residents in Bergen County
In New Jersey, as throughout the country, a construction accident can occur anywhere. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2017, over 5,000 workers not only were injured, but died, at construction sites — that’s approximately 14 deaths per day! While not all construction sites are equally dangerous, this statistic shows that a great many workers risk serious injury while simply earning a living. Though there are many laws in place to protect those who work in construction, as well as those who may just be passing by or visiting a construction site, there are still too many individuals and families whose lives are irreparably harmed by construction site injuries.
If you have been seriously injured at a construction site due to negligence on the part of the company that employs you, or some other person or entity (such as the manufacturer of a defective machine), you are legally entitled to substantial compensation. The first step in obtaining this compensation is contacting a law firm well-respected in the personal injury field, one that routinely handles construction injury cases and has a track record of success. Located in Hackensack, Levin & Malkin has been winning millions of dollars for clients throughout Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties for decades.
Take a look at our credentials and the testimonials of our well-satisfied clients and you will realize that we value responsive service, integrity and the cause of justice above all else. Moreover, we are compassionate construction injury attorneys, always fighting for you and your family, dedicated to getting you the compensation you need and deserve.
Financial as Well as Physical and Emotional Injuries
At Levin & Malkin we are well aware of the widespread pain caused by construction injuries. Not only does the victim suffer physical and psychological trauma, but he or she is typically unable to work for an extended period of time or even permanently. This means that family members are not only impacted emotionally by their loved one’s accident, they may become frantic wondering how they will continue to pay household expenses and exorbitant medical costs with a wage earner out of commission for the foreseeable future.
This is where our law firm comes in. We will evaluate your case carefully and, as long as we find that a third party has wreaked all this havoc, we will negotiate a significant settlement or file a lawsuit to make certain you are fairly compensated.
Types of Construction Accidents
OSHA categorizes the leading causes of construction site fatalities as the Fatal Four. Fortunately, these serious accidents do not always lead to fatalities, though our practice does handle wrongful death lawsuits following the tragic loss of a loved one. Frequently, these accidents result in injuries that victims can survive, though they may be permanently disabled or disfigured. The Fatal Four categories are:
- Falls from roofs, ladders, scaffolding, walls and other high places are the most common construction accidents and account for over 35 percent of construction site fatalities.
- Being struck by objects, such as improperly stacked construction materials, unsecured tools or equipment causes serious harm to those who are hit.
- Caught-in/between injuries occur when an individual gets compressed by construction equipment, machinery or other objects, or trapped under collapsing structures.
- Electrocutions are a risk for workers exposed to wires and electrical power sources.
Additionally, many construction sites contain:
- Trenches that may collapse or cave-in
- Wiring, flammable chemicals, or leaking gas mains that may cause fires or explosions
- Heavy equipment, e.g. example cranes, forklifts that may be improperly maneuvered
- Power tools, such as nail guns. which can, if handled unsafely cause catastrophic injuries.
Common Construction Accident Injuries
The numerous hazards mentioned above can result in an awful variety of injuries and damage to just about every part of the body, including:
- Bone fractures
- Neuromuscular injuries of the shoulder or knee
- Spinal cord injuries of the neck or back
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe burns
- Heart attacks and strokes
Construction injuries often rival war injuries in severity. Though almost never inflicted intentionally, construction injuries often caused by negligence on the part of employers or manufacturers can result in amputations, respiratory illnesses caused by inhaled toxins, disfiguring burns, disabling repetitive motion injuries, and muscle and joint damage. At Levin & Malkin we believe in holding those responsible for your injury accountable.
Who is responsible for your injury?
After investigating your case thoroughly, examining the work site and records of inspections of the area and its equipment, we will interview witnesses and consult with any necessary experts to validate your claim. We may end up suing the owner of your company who bears “vicarious liability” for any contractors or subcontractors employed by the company.
While it is possible that your workplace was not following legal protocol to maintain a safe environment, it is also possible that a third party — such as an equipment manufacturer who allowed a defective product to be sold, an engineer or architect who designed an unsafe structure, a vendor who sold a product knowing it was flawed and dangerous, or a site manager who did not follow safety protocol — will become the defendant in our lawsuit.
Contact Our Hackensack Construction Accident Attorney
At Levin & Malkin we know how hard you work and how many risks you take. Although workers’ compensation is available to protect you by covering medical costs and a percentage of lost wages, it will not cover you for your pain and suffering or the increases in wages you might have earned as you continued working. Similarly, state and federal disability payments tend to be meagre compared to your wages and after serious injury you and your family are likely to need more, not less, support. We will fight vigorously to make sure the amount you win is enough to keep your family living a comfortable lifestyle and having the safety net you need now more than ever. Contact us for a free consultation and remember that Levin & Malkin will never charge you a fee until we win your case.