New Jersey Construction Worker Accident Death Lawyers
What You Need to Know About Construction Accident Deaths
If you have lost a loved one in a New Jersey construction accident, or if you’ve sustained any injury at a construction site, you may be able to pursue compensation for your losses. To determine if you have a meritorious legal claim, contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer. Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari has helped many New Jersey families with claims of this nature. Contact us today at (973) 635-5400.
OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) reports that among the 4,386 private industry worker fatalities in 2014, 899 (20.5%) occurred in the construction industry. Construction sites are among the most dangerous of all work environments. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), nearly all construction workers will suffer at least one work-related injury during their career, with a high risk of debilitating injuries, and a 1 in 200 chance of death.
State and federal laws set strict standards and guidelines for construction site safety, but all too often these regulations and guidelines are partly violated or ignored altogether. Consequently, accidents that could have been prevented leave construction workers with significant injuries and in worst cases scenarios may prove fatal.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a construction accident, your best course of action is to consult with a knowledgeable injury attorney as soon as possible. If your injuries or your loved one’s death was the result of carelessness or negligence at the work site, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for damages surrounding your injuries and losses.
SOME OF OUR NOTABLE CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT WRONGFUL DEATH SETTLEMENTS
At Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari, our NJ wrongful death attorneys have dedicated our practice to representing injured victims and their families/estates (in the event of a wrongful death claim) in a range of personal injury matters. Our trial lawyers have been assisting injured New Jersey and other state’s residents for decades. We have secured voluminous settlements and jury awards, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. A few of the referenced matters include:
- $1.6 Million Settlement – Settlement to Estates of Worker Killed by Toxic Gases, and Co-worker Who Tried to Rescue Him
- $1.37 Million Settlement – Fatal Blast Suit Settlement
- $900,000 Settlement – Ironworker Death
OSHA’S FATAL FOUR CAUSES OF ON-THE-JOB DEATHS
Construction workers face many dangers, but there are four specific causes of construction worker deaths that are most common. OSHA refers to these as the “fatal four.” Here are the leading causes of construction worker deaths annually, according to OSHA:
- Falls: including falls of scaffoldings or from high places.
- Struck-by-object accidents: mainly caused by vehicle and equipment accidents and falling objects.
- Electrocutions: often caused by employees coming into contact with power lines or other electrical systems which were not properly powered down or insulated.
- Caught in-between object accidents: when workers are crushed between objects, such as a loading dock wall and a semi-trailer.
OTHER CAUSES OF NEW JERSEY CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIMS
Other than the “fatal four”, here are some other causes of New Jersey construction accident injury and/or wrongful death lawsuits:
- Trench cave-ins
- Collapsed scaffolding
- Defective or poorly maintained power tools and other equipment
- Crane accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIMS
Under New Jersey statutes, heirs and dependents of workers killed in construction accidents have remedies under the law. Certain survivors are eligible to seek compensation for financial losses resulting from the wrongful death of a loved one.
Among the damages survivors are entitled to claim, loss of income and financial support can be more significant. By utilizing economist experts, these damages can be calculated based upon monetary contributions the decedent might have been expected to make to various family members in support of their household, dependents and heirs. This includes income the decedent likely would have provided over the remainder of his or her working life, adjusted for inflation.
Additional damages in a wrongful death claim for which monetary compensation might be secured include:
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of care, comfort, and guidance
- Value of household services (such as yard work and cleaning)
- Funeral, burial, and medical expenses related to the deceased’s final injury
- Loss of Pension/Social Security Income
NEW JERSEY LAWYER FOR FAMILIES OF WORKERS KILLED IN CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS
At Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari, we understand that no recovery could ever compensate for the loss of a loved one. Filing a wrongful death claim after a fatal construction accident would seek to hold the responsible parties accountable for the careless and negligent acts and/or omissions which precipitated the accident, as well as to secure monetary compensation to help provide for one’s family’s future.
After an accident, fatality related or not, it is important to act quickly to obtain legal representation. Evidence to support one’s claim must be timely gathered and preserved, witnesses must be contacted and interviewed, and experts need to be retained to examine work sites and inspect machinery and other conditions which may be of relevance to a claim before conditions change. Qualified legal counsel’s early involvement in your case could be integral to how your claim is pursued, ultimately affecting its value. Contact our office today for a free consultation with no obligation. Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari can be reached at (973) 635-5400.
- Construction Accident Blogs
- Filing a New Jersey Construction Accident Wrongful Death Claim
- Leading Causes of New Jersey Construction Accident Wrongful Death Claims
- The Four Most Fatal Dangers on NJ Construction Sites
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- New Jersey OSHA Offices
- National Safety Council (NSC)