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While safety is at a premium on construction sites and other workplaces in New York and New Jersey, accident injuries still occur. When they do, you could be out of work for an uncertain amount of time. Recovering can be inhibited by stressful concerns such as how you will pay for medical bills, pay your mortgage or rent, and care for your family’s needs.
State labor laws aim to correct workplace hazards through regulation and safety programs. In New York, the Division of Safety and Health is one of five divisions within the Worker Protection Bureau. In New Jersey, the Division of Public Safety and Occupational Safety and Health enforces workplace safety regulations and laws. Public entities, private contractors, labor organizations and trade associations all promote workplace safety and accident prevention.
For example, New York Labor Laws Sections 200, 240 and 241 provide specific protections such as:
- Section 200 – In all places, machinery and equipment are subject to placement and operation in a well-lit space to ensure the safety and well-being of the operators. The law requires “reasonable and adequate” protection of all employees and others who will be on the property. If a situation is too dangerous – including unsanitary conditions, fire threat, toxic exposure risk, or has hazardous exits – the commissioner may post signs and prohibit further work or occupancy until correction of the dangerous condition is complete.
- Section 240 – Contractors and their agents in building construction, demolition, repair, cleaning, painting and other type of work that involves scaffolding, ladders, hangers, pulleys, braces, ropes or other devices to properly complete the work must give careful attention to properly protect the devices that will be more than 20 feet from the ground or swung from an overhead support with a rail – They must be able to bear four times more than the safe maximum weight and must be secured from swaying from the building. Lack of due care may result in liability for the worker’s injury.
- Section 241 – Strict guidelines spell out floor and elevator requirements when constructing or demolishing a building or excavating land, setting forth “reasonable and adequate” protection and safety for workers and others lawfully on the property. For demolitions, contractors will need to determine if asbestos is present. Consequently, a licensed asbestos contractor may need to perform an asbestos remediation.
Our Hoboken attorneys have more than two decades of experience successfully filing claims on behalf of our clients. In addition, we have represented clients from many different kinds of construction roles, from civil engineers to heavy machine operators to specialty trade contractors. We have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for these clients.
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Workplace safety amounts to more than a hard hat, protective eyewear, ear protection, gloves and work boots. While these five elements are must-haves on every construction site, along with Occupational Safety And Health Administration (OSHA) training, accidents resulting from faulty machinery, fatigue, substance abuse, improper training or even bad weather can happen. And sometimes workers’ compensation may not cover all of your expenses.
Contact our team for assistance if you or a loved one has suffered injuries from:
- Asbestos or other toxic chemical exposure,
- Operating a crane and other heavy equipment,
- Boiler operations,
- Scaffolding or ladder falls,
- Truck transportation,
- Pipeline work or
- Warehousing or storage accidents.
This is just a short list of types of construction site accidents. Any on-the-job injury can be catastrophic for you and your family. We recommend that you seek experienced legal help right away after a Hoboken construction site accident.
You May Be Entitled to Damages
In New Jersey, all employers are required to have workers’ compensation coverage. Workers’ compensation provides injured employees with medical benefits and up to 70% of their wages while they are out of work, no matter who was at fault. However, an injured employee who receives workers’ compensation benefits can’t sue their employer for damages unless the employer’s intentional act caused the injury. But, even if you can’t pursue a legal claim against your employer, you might still be able to recover damages from a third party who caused your injury. Construction accidents can be caused by the negligence or conduct of a third party, such as non-employees who were on a site, an equipment manufacturer, or a negligent driver. Hoboken construction accidents can be costly. The amount of damages that you will be able to recover will depend on the special circumstances surrounding your case. However, injured plaintiffs are generally entitled to recover certain economic damages, including:
- Ambulance costs,
- Hospital visit costs,
- Doctor’s costs,
- Medication costs,
- Costs of treatment,
- Property damage, and
- Lost wages.
In addition to these economic damages, you might also be able to recover noneconomic damages. Noneconomic damages are designed to compensate you for intangible losses. They are often difficult to assign a dollar amount to, and they differ from person to person. Some examples of noneconomic damages you might be able to recover from Hoboken construction accidents include:
- Pain and suffering,
- Emotional distress,
- Loss of enjoyment of life,
- Loss of consortium, and
- Temporary or permanent disfigurement.
These are just some examples of noneconomic damages that you may be able to recover. While the value of these emotional and psychological losses can be hard to quantify on your own, an experienced construction site injury attorney will know how to calculate these damages. This way, you will be able to maximize your recovery of damages from your Hoboken construction accident.
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At Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C., we have offices in both New Jersey and New York and we serve clients in both states. We understand the laws and we understand your need for compensation to get back on track as soon as possible. Getting the amount of compensation you need following a severe injury often requires intervention from an experienced Hoboken construction site injury attorney.
Call us for a free consultation to discuss your legal options with attorneys who will aggressively fight for you. In New Jersey, call 201-699-5070; in New York, call 212-256-9255 or send us an email to initiate your free consultation. We are here for you any time, day or night.