At Stark & Stark, our knowledgeable construction accident lawyers have successfully represented countless individuals who have been seriously injured in job site construction accidents across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and nationally. Our construction injury lawyers have extensive experience representing workers from all the trades, and we understand the types of work required and performed by each. We have fought for the rights of both Union and non-Union general trade workers and obtained outstanding recoveries. We believe that our years of experience and understanding relationships with workers have led us to be successful in this area of construction injury law.
If you are injured in a construction site accident, or as a result of changes on the job site, contact our skilled construction accident lawyers for a free consultation. We will evaluate the condition that caused your injury and, if necessary, consult with experts in the field. We can then advise you of your legal rights and the potential remedies available to compensate you for your injury.
How Our Construction Injury Attorneys Fight for Injured Construction Workers
When you contact Stark & Stark, our team of devoted construction injury lawyers will quickly get to work on your case. Here are just a few ways that our construction injury attorneys fight for clients throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the nation:
Investigate your construction accident and gather solid evidence.
Every strong case starts with a thorough and swift investigation into the facts. Our seasoned construction accident attorneys know what to look for in these types of claims and will work quickly to preserve the evidence needed to prove your case.
Track medical records to document your construction accident injuries.
Next our team will begin working closely with you to follow your medical treatment. We will gather medical bills and other records in order to prove your injuries and the extent to which they will affect you into the future.
Consult with skilled experts.
In complex cases, our construction injury attorneys often consult with medical experts, engineers, government safety specialists, and economists. These expert opinions strengthen your claim and allow us to present your case in a persuasive and compelling way during insurance company negotiations and jury trials.
Negotiate aggressively with construction insurance companies.
Our respected legal team handles all the negotiations so you don’t have to. We will demand fair and just compensation from insurers and will advise you on any construction accident injury settlement offers.
Handle liens and bills from medical providers.
In most cases, there are a lot of medical bills, provider liens, and even government liens (e.g. Medicaid and Medicare), as well as potential health insurance or other liens. Our construction injury law firm will work to help you sort through these complex issues.
Advocate for your best interests at trial.
If a settlement can’t be reached, our certified trial lawyers have the experience to fight for the compensation you deserve, whether through mediation, arbitration, or a jury trial.
Your Compensation in a Construction Accident Claim
The compensation you may receive will depend on a lot of factors, such as the type of case (workers’ compensation or civil lawsuit), the construction accident injuries, your medical expenses, your lost income or wages, and a variety of other issues. However, in civil cases, you have a right to pursue compensation for:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Lost wages (past and future)
- Disability or disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
After a serious construction accident injury, an insurance company may try to offer you a quick and easy settlement to close out your case. Do not accept any settlement offer without having it reviewed by a knowledgeable construction injury attorney.
Time Limits on Construction Accident Claims
Every state has its own statute of limitations on filing a civil lawsuit for personal injuries such as construction accident injuries. In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, you’ll only have two years from the date of injury to pursue a personal injury claim.
However, you should never wait to call a construction accident lawyer because the longer you wait, the harder it can be to build a solid case for compensation. Further, you may miss important deadlines if you are also entitled to workers’ compensation. Likewise, in some limited situations, the statute of limitations can be significantly shorter, such as when a government agency is a potential defendant.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a construction site accident, you need to seek legal help as soon as possible. Contact our construction accident law firm today for a free consultation on your case. We do not charge any fees upfront, and you only pay us if we recover money for you.
Frequently Asked Construction Accident Questions
Here are some questions and answers to help you better understand what’s involved in construction accident matters and important steps to follow to safeguard your safety and rights.
What Is a Construction Accident Injury Case?
Construction sites pose many threats to safety. Injuries can happen in a split second, and it’s not just construction workers who can get hurt. Sometimes innocent people just passing by can be injured by falling objects or debris.
In some cases, workers’ compensation may cover injuries caused in a construction accident. However, sometimes workers’ compensation is not an option or it may not be the only option. This is true in many situations, such as where the injured worker is self-employed or when a construction worker is injured by another subcontractor’s negligence. A knowledgeable construction accident personal injury lawyer can help you explore your options for a civil lawsuit after a serious construction accident.
Why Does There Have to Be More Than One Contractor Working at the Site to Bring This Type of Case?
Workers’ compensation laws are designed to protect employers from lawsuits. The law will not allow you to bring a civil lawsuit against your employer for injuries you incurred on the job. However, if there is more than one contractor or sub-contractor on the site working, you may have the option of bringing a case against another contractor or subcontractor who caused your injuries through negligence.
Can an Injured Worker Receive Workers’ Compensation and Bring a Construction Accident Lawsuit?
Yes. In limited cases, it is possible to bring both a workers’ compensation case and a civil lawsuit. Here’s how that generally works: The injured worker would receive benefits from his or her employer and could then sue the negligent “third-party” contractor in a civil case. There are a number of ways this can be accomplished. Consider a brief example of when you could bring two claims.
Example: You are an employee of Contractor A, working on a scaffolding. Contractor B is pouring cement and backs into the scaffold, causing you to fall and get injured. You have a right to file a workers’ compensation claim with your own employer, but you also have a right to pursue your case against the at-fault party, Contractor B.
When Is a Third-Party Contractor Liable?
The contractor will be held liable if the company fails to comply with the regulations published by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), which govern workplace safety. But there’s more to negligence than just breaking government safety rules. An experienced trial lawyer from Stark & Stark can help by reviewing the evidence to find other examples of careless or reckless behavior.
Many workplace accidents happen due to inattentiveness, distractions, poor training, and even alcohol or drugs.
What Do I Do If I Am Injured at a Construction Site?
There are several steps you can take to protect your rights after a construction accident:
- Alert your employer immediately.
- Get the names of witnesses to the accident.
- If you can, take photos or ask someone else to take photos of the accident scene.
- Seek medical attention and follow all the doctor’s orders.
- Contact the construction accident attorneys at Stark & Stark.
Our skilled construction accident attorneys will evaluate the circumstances that led to your injury. Our construction accident lawyers frequently consult with highly trained experts and specialists, such as engineers, safety experts, medical specialists, and others, all in an effort to build the strongest case possible. We can then advise you of your legal rights and the potential remedies available to compensate you for your injury.
A certified trial lawyer from Stark & Stark will supervise your construction accident personal injury case and help you understand all of your options, so that you can get back to your recovery and focus on taking care of yourself and your family. We handle over 2,000 cases every year, so you can rest assured you are getting skilled and experienced representation.
How Do I Take Steps to Assert My Rights to a Safe Workplace?
If you feel that your workplace is unsafe, your first action should be to make your supervisor aware of the danger, then follow up in writing. If you are still unsuccessful in getting the safety hazard corrected, you can file a complaint at the nearest OSHA office. You can refer to OSHA’s website at www.osha.gov for more information.
If I File a Complaint Against My Employer to OSHA, Can My Employer Take Any Action Against Me?
Your employer cannot legally retaliate or discriminate against you for filing a complaint to OSHA. This includes denying you a raise, decreasing your hours or pay, or transferring or firing you, among other actions. OSHA provides protection against these types of activities, known as “whistleblower” protection.
To preserve your rights, you must file a complaint with OSHA within 30 days of the retaliatory or discriminatory action. For more information contact our construction accident law firm and one of our experienced construction injury attorneys will be glad to help you.