A construction worker who fell eight stories from a building in Manhattan sustained cracked ribs and other injuries, according to a CBS news report. The 29-year-old construction worker was standing on a wooden plank on the 16th floor when the plank cracked. The worker then fell onto scaffolding below. The man was part of a crew dismantling scaffolding at the 20-story building. The worker also sustained neck, shoulder and leg injuries as a result of the fall. Officials said he was very lucky to be alive.
Injuries from falls are some of the most common occurrences at New Jersey construction sites. Some of the most frequent incidents include falls from scaffolding, roofs, or, ladders. These falls can result in catastrophic injuries or death. In some cases, workers end up with permanent disabilities that prevent them from ever being gainfully employed again, placing a tremendous financial and emotional strain on the injured person and his or her entire family.
Many construction accidents are entirely preventable, especially if contractors and sub-contractors follow state and federal mandated safety standards to ensure a safe work environment.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey construction accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, or, as a result of defective equipment, you may be able to pursue a claim. Construction accident injury victims may seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, loss of future earnings, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, and, other related damages.
If you would like to learn more about your legal rights, please contact an experienced NJ construction accident lawyer at Blume Forte for a no-cost consultation. Our attorneys have thorough knowledge of New Jersey personal injury civil litigation laws, and, have successfully pursued third party claims on behalf of injured workers and their families. Call us today at 973-635-5400 to find out how we may be able to help.