If you have been injured on a construction site in New Jersey, you may think workers’ compensation is your only source for financial recovery. To the contrary, other claims may be available to you, including recovery from third parties for negligence, as well as damages for dangerous and defective products, including tools, machinery and equipment. At the Law Office of Mallon & Tranger, we have extensive experience handling these types of claims. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us by e-mail or call our office at (732) 410-6094 to arrange a meeting.
Third Party Construction Accident Claims
When you have been hurt at work, your first source of reimbursement for lost wages or medical expenses is often through the New Jersey workers’ compensation laws. Workers’ compensation is designed to cover only losses caused by or the responsibility of your employer. If there are third parties involved in the construction—other subcontractors, suppliers, drivers or others—whose negligence or carelessness contributed to or caused your injury, you can file a separate action against them to recover damages. This is known as a third-party claim. In fact, you can seek workers compensation benefits from your employer and simultaneously file a third party claim against any other liable party.
Third party claims can be filed for any type of injury resulting from the negligent or intentional act of another, including:
- Injuries sustained in falls
- Injuries from falling objects
- Injuries resulting from improper or negligent training, supervision or hiring
A specific type of third party claim prevalent in construction site injury claims is a product liability claim. The designer, manufacturer, distributor and seller of a product all have a duty to exercise a reasonable standard of care so that users don’t needlessly suffer injury. If you were injured on a construction site because of the malfunction of a poorly designed or manufactured item, whether a tool, machine or piece of construction equipment, you may be able to recover compensation from any one of the parties in the chain of distribution (in addition to any workers’ compensation claim).
Contact the Law Office of Mallon & Tranger
We offer a free initial consultation to anyone who has been injured in a construction accident. To schedule an appointment, contact our office online or call us at (732) 410-6094. We offer three convenient locations, in Freehold, Toms River and Point Pleasant.