Working in construction is dangerous. It doesn’t have to be, but it is. Unfortunately, many companies cut corners, and even those that don’t cut corners often do the bare minimum to comply with the law. As a result, safety precautions at construction sites tend to be minimal, and workers in all trades and occupations face unnecessary risks daily.
All of this means that many construction workers in New Jersey suffer injuries on the job. If you have been injured, you may be entitled to compensation, but you will need to be careful to protect your legal rights. Here is an overview of what you need to know:
1. Some Construction Workers are Eligible for Workers’ Compensation
Depending on your employment status, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. In New Jersey, “employees” are eligible for workers’ compensation, while “independent contractors” have the right to sue their employers for negligence when they get injured on the job. Employees can also sue their employers in some circumstances, but they are limited to filing for workers’ compensation in most cases.
2. If You Have a Workers’ Compensation Claim, You Must See an Approved Doctor
If you are eligible for workers’ compensation, one right you do not have is the right to see your own doctor. New Jersey law allows employers to designate the doctors who treat their employees’ work injuries; and, if you don’t see an approved doctor, you could lose your right to benefits.
But, if you are not eligible for workers’ compensation, then you can – and should – see a doctor of your choosing. Our lawyers can help you understand your treatment options and protect your legal rights.
3. You Can File a Claim Against Any Other Company That is Liable for Your Injury
Regardless of whether you are eligible for workers’ compensation, you have the right to file a claim against any company other than your employer that is liable for your injury. For example, in many cases, injured construction workers will have claims against:
- Property owners
- Product manufacturers
- Contractors and subcontractors
- Negligent drivers (or their employers)
4. You Have the Right to Hire an Attorney at No Out-of-Pocket Cost
At Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A., we represent injured construction workers in New Jersey on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients pay nothing up front, and they pay nothing at all unless we help them recover financial compensation for their job site injuries. We will pursue all available claims on your behalf, and we will work closely with you and your doctors to make sure we fight for the full compensation you deserve.
Talk to a New Jersey Construction Injury Lawyer for Free
If you have been hurt on a New Jersey construction site, we encourage you to contact us promptly for a free consultation about your legal rights. To speak with one of our experienced New Jersey construction injury lawyers in confidence, call 877-435-6371 or tell us about your accident online now.