It's well-known that working in the construction industry is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Whether it's the malfunction or breakdown of tools, machinery or heavy equipment; a fall from a ladder or scaffold, or from an upper level; or injuries sustained from a falling object, the injuries can be serious. There are often options when you've suffered a work-related injury on a construction project:
- Workers' compensation-Your employer is required to provide workers' compensation benefits for any injuries caused by company negligence or the carelessness of co-workers. With a workers' compensation claim, you'll get a fixed amount of benefits (up to 2/3rds of your average weekly wage) for any time when you cannot work. You may also be entitled to a lump sum settlement or long term benefits for a permanent disability.
- Negligence by unrelated third parties-If your injuries were caused in part or in whole by someone other than your employer or a co-worker, you can file a lawsuit in civil court seeking damages. There are, however, advantages and disadvantages to this approach. A major advantage-you won't be limited to the damage amount available through a work comp claim. The disadvantage-it can take months or years for the case to be resolved, and you won't see anything until it is.
Third party negligence claims can be based on a variety of legal theories. Often, on construction sites, machines and power tools malfunction, providing the legal basis for a product liability claim. If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by someone unrelated to your employer, you can seek damages in a negligence lawsuit.
CONTACT THE LAW OFFICES OF MALLON & TRANGER
To learn how we can help you if you have been injured in the workplace, contact us online or call us at 732-702-0333 (toll free at ). There is no charge for your first meeting. We have offices in Freehold, Toms River and Point Pleasant.