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Most people working in the construction industry know that it can be a dangerous field. This is why it’s important to know some of the most common injuries workers can face and how you should respond when you do get hurt on the job. And if you need the help of a New Jersey work injury lawyer, know that an attorney from our firm is ready to assist you.

What Are Some Common Injuries in Construction?

Injuries can happen for all sorts of reasons on a construction site. Slipping and falling from high heights is common and the machinery used can be quite dangerous, especially if someone makes a mistake or proper protective equipment is not given out. It’s no surprise that construction workers often end up suffering from:

  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries and concussions
  • Burns
  • Electric shocks
  • Amputations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Eye and ear injuries
  • PTSD

What Should Construction Workers Do After an Accident?

When a worker gets injured, they need to report it to their supervisor or boss as soon as possible. This allows your employer to report your injury to their insurance company. Then you need to get medical care as soon as possible. Even if you do not feel like you have been seriously injured, you need to get checked out.

Can I Sue My Employer?

You do not sue your lawyer directly when you get hurt on the job. Instead, your employer reports the accident to their workers’ compensation insurer. Your workers’ compensation claim can then be denied or approved. When you are approved, you get benefits that can help make up for your healthcare costs and the paychecks you’re missing out on while you are healing up at home.

When Can I Make a Third-Party Injury Claim?

There are some situations where you can file a personal injury lawsuit. You can make a third-party injury claim if someone other than your employer contributed to your injuries. So you cannot sue your employer, but you may be able to file a claim against a manufacturer of a piece of construction equipment that malfunctioned and caused your injuries.

A third-party injury claim differs from a workers’ comp claim though. With workers’ compensation, you just need to show that you got hurt. With an injury claim, you must make it clear that someone else was negligent. You can also receive additional compensation through a third-party injury claim, like damages for pain and suffering. Workers’ comp does not address that.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

A lawyer can help you with the workers’ compensation process. If your claim gets denied and you need to appeal, we can help with that. We can also help you build a stronger case if you file a third-party injury claim after your construction accident.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you got hurt at work and you believe that you are owed compensation, let our legal team help you. Contact the Law Office of Craig M. Rothenberg to schedule a case consultation today.

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