The construction industry is incredibly dangerous and construction workers frequently see more serious injuries and deaths per year than other employment industries. Our Atlantic City construction accident attorneys know from experience that construction accident cases often involve devastating circumstances due to permanent and sometimes fatal injuries. For our construction accident cases, we conduct a thorough investigation and sift through every single fact and detail of the accident in order to determine recovery options that are available to injured construction workers and their loved ones. Contrary to what you may often hear, construction accident recovery is not necessarily limited to workers’ compensation claims. See below for details on third-party liability.
Common construction accidents and injuries
Serious construction injuries often result from a handful of common types of construction accidents including the following:
- Falling debris
- Run over or struck by construction equipment
- Tipping over in construction equipment
- Getting caught or compressed in between objects and machinery
As you may know, workers’ compensation limits employees to certain damages such as medical treatments and lost wages. Generally employees and their loved ones are not allowed to sue employers which means that they are not truly allowed full and fair compensation for workplace injuries under a workers’ compensation claim. But having a workers’ compensation claim does not preclude a plaintiff from filing a personal injury claim against a liable third party.
Construction sites are busy places and there are a number of people who could be responsible for a construction accident including subcontractors, general contractors, design professionals, and construction site owners. If any of these or other parties are not your employer, but bear responsibility for your accident and injuries, you may have a third-party personal injury claim. This means that you are no longer limited to workers’ compensation benefits in your recovery. Additional recovery may include pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
Wrongful death claims
Family members of someone who died in a construction accident may also be able to bring a third-party wrongful death claim so that they may recover for their injuries and damages sustained as a result of losing their loved one. Recovery may include, but is not limited to the money that the deceased would have earned and supported the family with had he or she not died, loss of companionship, loss of services and assistance the deceased would have provided had he or she lived, and medical and funeral expenses for the deceased.
If you or a loved one was injured in a construction accident, contact our Atlantic City construction accident attorneys to schedule a consultation. We will review the facts of your case and look into the best strategies and options for maximizing the recovery that you and your family deserve. Our compassion for construction accident victims and their families drives our aggressive representation and because of this, our clients see results.