Injured in a Construction Accident?
Our Atlantic City Construction Accident Lawyer Fights for the Damages Workers Deserve
Construction workers sustain more fatal injuries than any other private sector employee in the United States. Heavy equipment, power tools, missing safeguards, exposed wires, unsafe structures and explosion hazards are only some of the common issues that can make a difficult job unnecessarily dangerous. Construction and workplace negligence can also injure members of the public as well as workers when serious jobsite accidents occur.
What Are Common Causes of Construction Accident Injuries in NJ?
Almost all construction accidents are caused by job site negligence of some kind. Sometimes the construction company tries to cut costs by not giving workers the proper equipment or by skipping safety checks. Not only does negligence like this put workers at risk for serious injuries, it also endangers other people who may be near the construction site.
The most common causes of construction accident injuries include:
- Falls – Construction workers not provided the proper safety harnesses and secure scaffolding may fall and sustain life-altering injuries like spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury.
- Falling objects – A major danger to workers and citizens alike is falling equipment or rubble. Crane collapses, building collapses and improperly secured debris can cause a disaster that results in severe personal injuries and even wrongful death.
- Equipment malfunction – Construction sites require a lot of heavy, complicated equipment, and if those machines are not maintained or are defective, they can become dangerous. A forklift failure or faulty welding torch can cause dangerous conditions for both workers and bystanders.
- Explosions and fires – Some construction workers use flammable and pressurized chemicals to do their jobs. If given leaking or faulty storage containers, fires and explosions can harm people on and near the site.
- Air and water contamination – If a construction company does not follow proper safety techniques for pollution prevention or the removal of hazardous waste, dangerous materials can be released into the air or the groundwater. This can lead to a variety of chronic conditions, such as lung or breathing problems and lead poisoning.
In Atlantic City, construction work is common in and around our casinos and hotels, as well as on our local roadways, including the Atlantic City Expressway, Garden State Parkway and both the White Horse Pike and the Black Horse Pike. It is important that construction companies maintain and follow safety procedures at all times to protect workers and New Jersey residents from injury. If they fail to do so, a negligence attorney with experience handling construction accident cases may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf to help put an end to the careless and seek a recovery for the damages they caused.
New Jersey Construction Accident Lawyer with a Record of Success
If you are hurt on or near a construction site, a construction accident lawyer from Donald G. Targan & Associates can help you get the compensation you deserve. We have a reputation for success when it comes to personal injury lawsuits involving negligent construction companies, including:
- We represented the family of a concrete company worker who died on the job when an unprotected front wheel of a defectively-designed straddle crane rolled over him. His employer forced him to work in blind spots, removed existing safety equipment on the crane and would not pay for simple walkie-talkies for the crane operator and the men on the ground to use for communication. Our client suffered horrific de-gloving injuries of his leg and abdomen. He survived a short time in the hospital before he died. After a two-week trial, an Atlantic County jury entered a verdict of $8.8 million in our client’s favor against the employer and the crane manufacturer.
- Another client of ours died at his workplace when an explosion burned him over 90 percent of his body. Unbeknownst to the worker, among the scrap metal with which he was working was a military explosive that had been negligently shipped to his workplace. After a six-year battle involving claims against the United Stated Department of Defense and a defense contractor, the case settled in Federal Court for $2.7 million.
- A construction site accident lawyer at Donald G. Targan & Associates also obtained a $1.2 million settlement in a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of a woman who died when her vehicle struck an improperly erected temporary concrete barrier on the Atlantic City Expressway. The contractor performing the work on the highway negligently failed to provide adequate warning that the highway was narrowing. Our client was traveling with her husband and daughter; the highway’s sudden narrowing forced our client’s vehicle in between the barrier and a New Jersey Transit bus, which resulted in a collision with the barrier that caused the vehicle to overturn, killing our client. We were able to recover on behalf of the husband and child for the emotional trauma they suffered witnessing the death.
Call an Experienced Atlantic City or Cape May Construction Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Construction accidents can be very serious, and they are often preventable. When construction companies and equipment manufacturers fail to take necessary safety precautions, workers and innocent bystanders are the ones who suffer the consequences.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a construction accident, a construction negligence attorney from our Cape May or Atlantic City law firm offices can help. We have successfully represented clients from Strathmere, Wildwood Crest, Somers Point and many other NJ locations. Contact our Atlantic City accident attorneys online or give us a call to schedule a free consultation.