When you have been hurt on the job, you have the right to seek benefits under workers' compensation laws. It's important to understand, though, that the workers' compensation laws only apply to injuries caused by the negligence or your employer or a co-employee. If you are injured by the wrongful acts of a third party, you can file a lawsuit in court to recover damages and you won't be limited or restricted by your workers' compensation recovery.
If you work on a residential or commercial construction site, you know it's one of the most dangerous ways to make a living. Industry statistics show that nearly five percent of all construction workers suffer a non-fatal injury every year. Though owners and general contractors know how dangerous a construction site can be, the profit motive can often lead to shortcuts and unsafe behavior. Here are the most common reasons construction workers get hurt on the job.
Once of the fastest growing companies in the world-Palantir Technologies, founded by well-known high tech financier Peter Thiel-has been accused in a lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Labor of discrimination against Asian job seekers. Government attorneys allege that Palantir "routinely eliminated" Asians from the employment process, either when resumes were screened or during telephone interviews. The lawsuit arose after federal officials conducted a statistical analysis to confirm that Palantir, a federal government contractor, was in compliance with anti-discrimination rules.
RECOVERING WORKER'S COMPENSATION FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
When a machine malfunctions at work and you are injured, there seems no question that you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits for lost wages, medical expenses and rehabilitation. If the wrongful conduct of another employee causes you injury, you can also seek compensation for your losses. But what if you are injured in a car or motor vehicle accident, especially when the person causing the accident is unrelated to your employer? The good news-if you meet certain conditions, you have a right to workers' compensation benefits. You may even be able to seek damages in addition to workers' compensation benefits.
A NJ state trooper is credited with saving the life of a worker who was injured at a construction site along the Garden State Parkway. Trooper Mike Kleissler was called to the site in Brick after a worker was injured while cutting concrete pipe for drainage and the diamond saw he was using kicked out of the pipe and reflected back to his body. Trooper Kleissler arrived on the scene to find Ryan Jenkins, 31, with a gash in his check that went all the way to the bone. Kleissler quickly responded by using a packet of Combat Gauze that clots blood quickly and stops bleeding. Jenkins was rushed to the Jersey Shore Medical Center, where he still is recovering from injuries.
Mallon & Tranger is a New Jersey workplace accidents law firm that offers experienced legal representation in all types of on-the-job injury and death claims. If you have questions about your rights after a construction accident or industrial accidentcontact us online or call us at 732-702-0333. We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency-fee basis - you do not pay costs or fees unless we successfully achieve a settlement for you.
WHAT TYPES OF INJURIES ARE COVERED BY WORKERS' COMPENSATION LAWS?
When you have been hurt on the job, one of the first questions you want answered is whether your injury is one that is covered by the state's workers' compensation laws, so that you can secure benefits for lost wages, medical expenses, and rehabilitation or physical therapy.
THE BENEFITS AVAILABLE IN A WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIM
When you have suffered an injury at work, one that prevents you from fulfilling the requirements of your job, New Jersey law allows you to file a claim for benefits under the state's workers' compensation laws. What losses are covered by workers' compensation insurance? What if your injuries are permanent, such as the loss of a limb? This blog post provides an overview of the kinds of benefits available through workers' compensation.
When you have been hurt during the course of your employment, you can be uncertain about how to pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses. Can you only seek recovery through a workers' compensation claim? Do you have to rely on the opinion of a company-selected doctor to get the treatment you need?