Construction Site Accidents on the Rise in Jersey City/Newark

Posted June 10th, 2014 by .

Categories: Workers Compensation.

construction-site-accidentsIt’s no secret.  Jersey City and Newark have big plans.  Both cities are on the upswing as far as attracting new businesses and residents.  The rising costs of maintaining a New York presence have many looking across the river.  New construction should increase property value and provide employment opportunities.

In Newark, Prudential  is increasing its stronghold in the city.  Construction is already underway for a new business complex on Broad Street.  The first phase of the project calls for a 20-story office building.  Meanwhile, Jersey City is erecting a number of high-rise residential units.  Donald Trump is continuing his investment in the city.  Most recently, he joined others to start construction of a 50-story luxury apartment building.  The Bay Street location promises a picturesque waterfront view.

Notwithstanding, new construction brings an inherent risk.  There is danger associated with the erection of large structures.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction workers are considered a major occupational group here in New Jersey.  They often work with other entities within the same job site.

A construction worker injured at work should first ensure they receive adequate medical treatment.  For this reason, it is imperative that work-related accidents are immediately reported to the employer.  New Jersey has strict rules regarding authorized medical care.  With the exception of emergency services, the employer’s workers’ compensation carrier will likely make physician referrals.  The insurance company is also responsible for paying a portion of lost wages.  Ultimately, an injured worker may be eligible for some portion of permanent disability benefits.  It is always wise to consult a personal injury attorney to ensure these three aspects of a work-related accident are properly addressed.

Other cases may arise from large construction site accidents.  An accident may occur because of machinery malfunction.  It is important to preserve the equipment for evaluation by an expert.  Likewise, the incident may have been the fault of someone who was not a co-worker.  Perhaps some work was done on the job site that created a dangerous condition.  It may be that structures were erected or machinery operated poorly by other companies.  It is important that accidents are investigated by an attorney familiar with construction site accidents.

If you are involved in a construction site accident, you should immediately seek out an experienced attorney to pursue such a claim.  The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, PC  has more than 25 years handling these types of cases.  Contact us today for a free consultation and we’ll get you the money that you deserve.


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