Beyond Workers’ Comp in Construction Site Accidents: You May Have a Third Party Claim
When potholes are fixed, bridges are erected and new shopping centers are built, we all have New Jersey’s construction workers to thank for a job well done. However, as we are decorating our newly built homes, or traveling the freshly paved highways in the Garden State, few people realize how dangerous it is to be a construction worker.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2009 revealed that three times more construction workers in private industry died compared to all other workers in the entire country combined. The construction business is absolutely one of the most dangerous lines of work to be in.
Despite new protocols and guidelines to make construction sites safer, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ census of fatal occupational injuries reported in 2012 that workplace deaths were down by six percent in the U.S. At the same time, construction sites fatalities are up five percent.
Construction site injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, slips and falls that lead to significant back and neck issues, broken bones and serious internal injuries are reported by tens of thousands of construction laborers each year. The truth is, as the economy bounces back and more construction is slated to be completed, those statistics stand to increase even further.
Employers must do better. Of course, they have to maintain Workers’ Compensation benefits for all employees. However, those benefits only come into play after an accident has occurred. It’s incumbent upon employers to make construction work sites even. Check all safety equipment, regular survey sites to look for dangerous situations and make sure workers are trained, not only on how to operate machinery but on how to use safety equipment if necessary.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a worksite injury, you can’t sue your employer. That’s the law. You will get Workers’ Comp benefits including medical treatment and replacement pay. However, if there is another party that caused your accident, the manufacturer of faulty equipment, for example, you may have a third party claim. Speak to a product liability lawyer today to find out if you have a case.
Contact the experienced Workers’ Comp and product liability attorneys at the Altman Law Firm. We will listen to what happened and, if we represent you, there is no charge unless we recover compensation on your behalf. Call us today for a free consultation about your case.