At Nagel Rice LLP, our personal injury attorneys have an outstanding track record of winning verdicts and settlements for New Jersey victims of construction accidents, some of whom have been severely hurt by being caught in-between heavy objects at construction sites. If you have suffered serious crush injuries from a caught in-between accident due to someone else’s negligence, our powerful trial attorneys are well-prepared to fight for the substantial compensation you deserve.
Won’t workers’ compensation take care of my expenses?
Although your employer, with few exceptions, is required to have workers’ compensation to cover employee work injuries, it’s important to understand that this insurance has significant limitations. Workers’ comp is a no-fault policy that will cover your medical costs and pay 70 percent of your lost wages no matter who was responsible for your injury. In exchange, however, you relinquish your right to sue your employer, except in cases of notable safety violations.
Furthermore, workers’ comp will not provide any recompense for pain and suffering. This is why you need the experienced construction accident attorneys of Nagel Rice to protect your rights. In many situations, we may be able to file a third-party lawsuit, for example against the manufacturer or distributor of a defective piece of heavy equipment, in order to bring you justice.
Caught In-Between Accidents Can Be Deadly
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), categorizes caught in-between accidents as one of the “fatal four” construction accidents. These accidents occur when a worker is compressed or crushed between pieces of equipment or machinery, or becomes trapped under a collapsed structure or a vehicle that has rolled over. Caught in-between accidents are responsible for more than 7 percent of construction worker deaths.
Those who survive caught in-between accidents often suffer catastrophic injuries that require ongoing care, such as:
- Fractures or bone deformity
- Loss of limbs or digits
- Internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis
- Crush injuries to soft tissues, muscles, or nerves
- Damage to, or loss of, organs
Too often, such injuries result in permanent disability. Whether you fully recover, require long-term nursing care, or have lost a loved one to wrongful death in a caught in-between accident, the attorneys of Nagel Rice have the in-depth legal knowledge and sharp skills to file and win a successful lawsuit.
How Caught In-Between Accidents Happen
Unfortunately, construction sites are dangerous places and accidents are not uncommon. The heavy-duty equipment, machinery, and vehicles on the premises are risky to begin with, made all the more perilous by the following types of negligence:
- Improper handling, operating or locking down of machinery
- Unsafe operation of forklifts, payloaders, cranes
- Creation of improperly supported trenches or excavation sites
- Improperly braced scaffolding, walls, or buildings
- Failed maintenance or repair of machinery or vehicles
- Ineffective training of workers
Any of these mistakes may result in a devastating caught in-between accident.
How Nagel Rice Will Help You Recover Physically and Financially
Our caught in-between accident attorneys will assist you with your workers’ compensation claims and any necessary lawsuit. We will take care of all negotiations with workers’ comp and any opposing attorneys and private insurance adjusters. Because we have a great deal of experience with construction accidents, we are thorough investigators. We will examine the police report in detail, go over medical records thoroughly, and interview any witnesses to the incident.
In addition to working closely with your attending physician, if we think it will be helpful, we will consult with other experts, medical or technical, who may be persuasive giving courtroom testimony. In other words, we will leave no stone unturned when it comes to fighting for the damages you are entitled to receive. Because we realize that you are dealing with enormous medical expenses and loss of income simultaneously, we will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we recover damages.
Compensation for Severe Injuries or Wrongful Death
When someone else’s negligence is the root cause of your caught in-between injury or your family member’s death, you can count on our attorneys to treat you with respect and compassion. You can also rely on our well-honed litigation and negotiation skills to protect your best interests. Our team of sharp caught in-between accident lawyers will work hard to obtain both economic and non-economic damages for you.
Economic damages will provide funds for:
- Medical expenses
- Physical and psychological therapy
- Lost income (present and future)
- Long-term nursing care
- Alterations to make your home accessible
- Replacement costs (e.g. cooking, cleaning, dog walking)
- Final medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of support (in cases of wrongful death)
Non-economic damages will reimburse you for intangibles, like:
- Physical pain
- Emotional anguish
- Permanent disability
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In cases involving repeated negligence or disregard for safety, we may also be able to win punitive damages, damages awarded by the court to punish the defendant and discourage others from similar misconduct.
Contact Nagel Rice Soon so We Can Begin Working on Your Case
We are well aware that you have been through a trauma that affects your whole family. However tragic the consequences of the caught in-between accident, our sharp, caring attorneys are here to help. We will do everything we can to obtain a fair and reasonable settlement to see you through the healing process and into a secure future. Contact us today for a free consultation.