Do More Construction Accidents Happen in the Summer?
Weather acts as a predictor in many facets of life. Therefore, it should come as no surprise. Here in New Jersey, more construction accidents happen in the summer. The reason is somewhat intuitive.
Depending on the particular project, tradespeople are often seasonal workers. New construction often requires weathering the elements. During winter months, a number of jobs shut down entirely.
The logic, therefore, has something to do with the numbers. More work sites represent the threat of more injuries. Meanwhile, construction site accidents can result in some very serious personal injuries.
Just a few weeks ago, a retaining wall gave way and collapsed into a trench in a New Jersey town. It took more than three hours for emergency responders to remove a worker trapped under rubble.
Meanwhile, construction projects aren’t just limited to the erection of buildings. Road construction represents another cause for concern. For the most part, no one’s in a big hurry to do road repairs or improvements when snow is on the ground.
While timing may be everything, there’s some critical information you need to know if you’re injured in a construction accident.
Making a Claim for a Construction Accident
The mere fact that you’re hurt at work suggests the first line of pursuit for an on-the-job injury claim. Your employer maintains workers’ compensation insurance to cover you when something happens at work and causes you harm.
Under New Jersey workers compensation laws, you may be entitled to one or more of the following benefits:
• Authorized medical care – The insurance company pays for your treatment in full. The caveat is that the carrier selects or approves the medical providers.
• Temporary disability benefits – You receive a portion of your lost wages. However, an authorized treating doctor makes the decision as to whether or not you’re unable to report to work.
• Permanent disability benefits – Believe it or not, you can qualify for permanent disability benefits even if you aren’t totally disabled. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can explain what it means to be partially permanently disabled.
Depending on the circumstances, you may also have a cause of action against someone else for your work accident.
Take, for example, someone who works as part of a road construction crew. A distracted driver misses the signs of work in progress. As a result, the motorist plows into the worker and causes serious injuries.
Miswiring on a construction site could result in an electrical shock to any kind of tradesperson. Provided the workers don’t work for the same company, it may be possible to seek monetary damages in conjunction with a negligence claim.
When someone not associated with your employer causes you harm, you have the right to pursue this type of action – referred to as a third-party lawsuit. Your recovery will be subject to liens by the workers’ compensation carrier. In most cases, you still come out ahead.
Construction accidents can happen at any time of the year. While it’s most critical that you receive medical treatment, it’s also important that you understand your rights. Contact the Law Offices of Beninato & Matrafajlo to see how we can help you.