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Construction Falls

Personal injury lawyers securing fair compensation for workers hurt on the job in Paramus, Hackensack, Bergen County, all of northern New Jersey and the 5 boroughs of New York City.

If you’ve been hurt in a construction fall, you are not alone. Construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States, with thousands of workers injured every year.
construction worker holding knee after falling

The good news is that, when it comes to getting compensation for your injuries, you’re not alone either. The veteran NJ construction accident lawyers at Eisbrouch Marsh stand ready to help you pursue a financial recovery by filing a personal injury lawsuit. We’ve been representing victims of construction accidents in northern New Jersey and New York City for over 25 years. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation about the legal options available if you’ve been injured in a construction fall.

Injuries from construction falls

Construction falls can cause a number of different types of injuries depending on the circumstances.

Some of the most frequent injuries resulting from construction falls include:

  • Serious lacerations and contusions
  • Broken bones
  • Acute back and spinal cord injuries, sometimes leading to paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Electrocution
  • Asphyxiation, if a worker falls into water, a trench, or an area with insufficient ventilation
  • Death

If you’ve suffered one or more of these injuries in a construction fall, workers comp may not be your only source of compensation. If a contractor didn’t install the proper guard rails, or make sure you had adequate safety belts, harnesses, or lifelines, you may be eligible for a financial award to cover your pain and suffering and long-term disability, as well as additional damages.

At Eisbrouch Marsh, we can help you determine who is responsible for the fall and file a construction accident lawsuit in NJ or NY to obtain maximum compensation to cover your losses.

Causes of falls on construction sites

Not only is construction work one of the most dangerous jobs in the country, but more construction workers are killed on the job than in any other industry or occupation. In New Jersey, too, working construction is more likely to cause a fatal injury than any other type of job.

Falls are the most common and the most deadly kinds of construction accidents. About one in every three construction workers who dies on the job did so because of a fall.

Some of the most common construction fall accidents involve:

  • Failure to use proper ladder safety devices – if the contractor supplies inadequate or defective ladder safety equipment, or fails to train workers properly in their use, serious injury or death may be the result
  • Overloading mobile scaffolding – crowding too many workers and/or too much material onto a scaffold can cause it to collapse or create a trip hazard, leading to severe injury
  • Inadequate training on material hoist use – failure to train workers properly in the operation of material hoists and their safety equipment can cause the hoist to collapse, sending workers plunging many stories to their deaths
  • Failing to provide guardrails, harnesses, and other equipment to workers on roofs – workers can fall through unguarded holes, openings and skylights, or slip and tumble to the ground if harnesses don’t fit properly

Any time you work at heights, you need fall protection equipment, including safety harnesses and proper tie-offs, as well as hard hats, steel-toed boots, safety goggles, and gloves. If a contractor doesn’t provide these necessary safeguards, and someone gets hurt or killed as a result, the contractor can be held responsible for all the damage it causes.

If the contractor makes safety equipment available to the workforce but doesn’t train people in its use, or fails to ensure that all pieces of the equipment are designed to work together in a single system, victims of subsequent harm may be eligible to file a construction accident lawsuit. The New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Eisbrouch Marsh can help hurt workers or the families of those who die from a construction fall recover for their losses.

Recent construction fall reports

Construction falls hit the front pages far too often, especially in New Jersey and New York.

Examples of construction falls in NYC & NJ include:

  • On April 3, 2014, a worker fell off a roof, bounced off a piece of construction equipment, and landed in wet concrete as it was being poured. The worker was rushed to the hospital from the job site near Trenton, where a Burlington Coat Factory was under construction.
  • A construction worker died after falling ten stories from the roof of an office building under construction in midtown Manhattan. The April 14, 2014 death came just six days after another worker fell to his death from scaffolding about eight stories above ground at a hotel under renovation in Manhattan. The worker was alone at the time.
  • In April 2012, one worker was killed and four were seriously injured when a crane collapsed in a subway extension project on Manhattan’s West Side. Both the worker who died and several other workers were trapped at least 60 feet below ground and had to be rescued using ropes, Fire Department officials reported.
  • Three construction workers in Linden NJ were seriously hurt when steel girders collapsed under them at a former GM plant. Work on the project was shut down indefinitely following the March 2014 accident.

What to look for in a construction accident attorney

After a construction accident, it’s natural to wonder what to do next. How do you take care of your family while you’re laid up? Who will pay the medical bills? What if you’re disabled permanently?

These and other questions can make recovering from a construction fall even more difficult. But consulting an attorney with expertise in New Jersey and New York construction accident liability can help put your mind at ease and let you concentrate on getting up and around again.

An accident injury lawyer should be a good listener and a good questioner. He or she needs to know when to let you talk, and when to push hard to get answers from a reluctant contractor, insurance company adjuster, or company doctor.

Your lawyer needs to be part of a great team. At Eisbrouch Marsh, we have the best accident investigators on retainer, so we can determine exactly what happened when you were injured and who was at fault. We work closely with board-certified physicians who can diagnose the exact nature of your injuries and describe precisely what kind of treatment you’re likely to need in the future. Our paralegals and support staff have years of experience gathering all the records we need, and pulling them together to make an air-tight case.

At Eisbrouch Marsh, we make sure you know what to expect and when. We push the insurance companies hard to get a fair settlement of your case, so you don’t have to relive the traumatic events in the courtroom. But if the insurers won’t offer everything you deserve, we’ll take your case all the way to the jury.

Most important, we’re on your side. We serve Bergen, Hudson, Passaic, Morris, Essex and Middlesex counties in New Jersey, as well as New York City and Long Island– and we don’t collect a penny unless you win your case. Call today: 201-342-5545.

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  6. The Star Ledger, “3 construction workers injured at former GM plant in Linden,” March 26, 2014, http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2014/03/3_construction_workers_struck_by_steel_girder_at_former_gm_plant_in_linden.html
  7. Occupational Safety & Health Administration, “Welcome to OSHA’s Fall Protection Campaign,” https://www.osha.gov/stopfalls/index.html
  8. The Times of Trenton, “Construction worker falls into wet concrete in Florence, officials say,” April 3, 2014 http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2014/04/construction_worker_falls_into_wet_concrete_in_florence_officials_say.html
  9. NBC New York, “Construction Worker Killed in Fall from Manhattan Building: NYPD,” April 15, 2014, http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Man-Found-Dead-Scaffolding-424-West-33rd-Street-Building-Manhattan-255232231.html
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  11. New York Times, “One Killed and Four Hurt in Crane Collapse on West Side,” April 3, 2012, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/04/nyregion/one-killed-and-four-hurt-in-crane-collapse-on-west-side.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&