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Building a strong case after a construction site accident

Construction sites are inherently dangerous places to work, but there are ways that employers can improve safety for the men and women who work in this field. Every New Jersey worker has the right to a reasonably safe workplace, even if it is in construction. It is possible to prevent unnecessary hazards and eliminate certain risks, which will ultimately lower the risk of a construction site accident.

Construction workers may face certain risks on the job, but they also have certain rights in the event that they suffer injuries in a construction site accident. Like other types of employees, these individuals may also have a rightful claim to workers' compensation benefits if they suffer an injury at work.

Common types of construction site accidents

The Department of Labor estimates that approximately 6 million people work in construction. The significant safety hazards often seen on job sites may lead to a higher chance of injury or fatality, often related to the following:

  • Falls
  • Electrocution
  • Struck by an object
  • Caught in or between accident

While a construction site accident often carries a higher risk that the victim will suffer fatal injuries, construction workers also have a higher chance of suffering a non-fatal injury than people employed in other jobs. Due to the nature of the job, construction workers are responsible for a large number of workers' compensation claims.

What's covered by workers' comp?

The fact that you work in an inherently dangerous job in no way diminishes your right to workers' compensation benefits. If you were hurt in an accident on a job site, you could have a rightful claim to the following:

  • Medical care
  • Coverage of medical bills
  • Replacement of lost wages
  • Rehabilitation needs
  • Vocational retraining, if necessary

Securing the benefits you need after a construction site accident may not be an easy process. The workers' compensation insurance system does not have your best interests in mind, and you may find it beneficial to seek help in order to maximize your potential benefits.

Why you may need assistance

After a construction site accident, you likely have many financial and physical concerns. During this difficult time, you should not have to worry about navigating a complex insurance system on your own. With the assistance of an attorney, you can focus on your full recovery while your lawyer handles complications and other issues related to your workers' comp claim.

When it comes to construction site accidents, there may be the chance of a third-party claim as well. A complete case evaluation will determine how you should move forward after an accident, as well as reveal all of your legal options.

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