New Jersey Fatal Construction Accident Lawyers
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Construction is a risky occupation. It ranks just behind mining and agriculture in death rates for workers, and approximately 15 of every 100,000 employees die due to construction work-related injuries. Construction workers have the same rights as employees in any other industry to a safe and secure work environment, maintained and enforced by their employers, site owners and other responsible parties. When one or more of these people or entities fail to keep your loved one safe and a life is lost, you then have the right to sue on his or her behalf for wrongful death in New Jersey.
Construction workers within private industry had a fatal occupational injury rate nearly three times that of all workers in the U.S. in 2009. - CDC
So many things can go wrong on job sites that are out of the control of a construction worker. Here are just some of these risks:
- Crane accidents
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Scaffolding collapses
- Exposure to dangerous materials and gases
- Other unsafe equipment failures
These and other dangerous occurrences have the potential to cause fatal injuries including electrocution, crushing blows or suffocation. Responsibility for these incidents often rests with one or more of the following:
- Part and machinery manufacturers
- Property owners
Though there are laws in place to protect construction workers, they are only effective when properly observed and enforced. Too often, companies decide to cut corners and start with cutting back on training, inspections and other conduct vital to keeping workers safe. When this happens and a construction employee dies, their negligent behavior should, and can be, punished.
While workers' compensation usually provides some reimbursement, it is often inadequate for covering all of the financial losses, both economic (property, medical bills) and non-economic (pain and suffering, loss of companionship) that result after the death of a family member. The NJ construction accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. can meet with you to present your options for filing a lawsuit on behalf of a construction accident victim who died from his or her injuries. We will let you know what you can expect to recover from workers' compensation versus a wrongful death lawsuit, and we will help you make the best decision on how to proceed for you and your family.
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