New Jersey & New York Construction Fall Attorneys

Construction falls pose a constant danger not only to construction workers but to bystanders as well. Such falls are among the “Fatal Four” construction hazards identified by OSHA and are responsible for nearly 40 percent of fatal accidents in the industry. At Nagel Rice LLP, our skilled attorneys have a deep commitment to protecting the rights of New Jersey victims whose personal injuries are due to another party’s negligence, whether they involve construction falls or not. 

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in a construction fall, contacting Nagel Rice is a wise move. Each of our many attorneys is well-credentialed, experienced, and a strong litigator. Over our years in practice, we have secured over $1 billion in damages for our deserving clients.

Types of Construction Falls

There are several broad categories of construction falls listed below. Unfortunately, each of them can result in catastrophic injuries or death.

Falls from Heights

Workers may fall from scaffolding, ladders, roofs, or cranes. These falls are often due to inadequate safety measures, insufficient training, or equipment failure.

Falls into Trenches or Holes

Unmarked or poorly secured trenches and holes can lead to severe injuries for workers or bystanders who inadvertently fall into them.

Being Knocked Over by a Vehicle or Piece of Equipment

With all the large vehicles and heavy equipment at construction sites, much of it moving over bumpy, uneven terrain, there is a risk that workers, visitors or passersby may be accidentally hit and knocked off their feet.

Slips and Trips

Slippery surfaces due to ice or spills, uneven terrain, or misplaced tools and materials can cause workers to lose their footing and fall.

Falling Debris

Materials or tools falling from heights can cause workers or bystanders to lose balance and fall, leading to severe injuries.

Injuries Caused by Construction Falls

Construction falls can result in severe and potentially life-threatening injuries, including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries that may lead to partial or complete paralysis
  • Bone fractures that may require surgery and a prolonged recovery 
  • Internal injuries, e.g. internal bleeding, damage or loss of organs
  • Soft tissue injuries, including sprains, strains, and tears can be very painful and temporarily disabling and some may require surgical intervention

Can I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit or Must I Rely on Worker’s Comp?

While a visitor or bystander can file a lawsuit for an injury caused by the construction company’s negligence, determining whether a worker at the site can file a personal injury lawsuit is questionable. In most cases, if you are a construction worker hurt on the job, you are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits for medical expenses, a portion of lost wages, and permanent disability. These benefits, however, do not cover losses for pain and suffering.

Nonetheless, if your fall involved any of the following, our capable construction injury attorneys will determine whether you have a viable personal claim due to:

  • Your employer’s misconduct, e.g. neglecting to provide you with adequate safety gear or failing to keep debris from interfering with your work.
  • Third-party negligence, if a subcontractor or property owner contributed to your accident.
  • Intentional acts by a reckless or malicious, or egregious party
  • Defective products If a defective product or equipment caused your fall, the manufacturer could be held liable.

How Our Lawyers Will Fight for Your Rights

Nagel Rice attorneys will work tirelessly to recover the damages you need and deserve. We have extensive experience in construction fall cases and will take all necessary steps to bring you fair compensation, including:

  • Conducting a thorough investigation: gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, examining police reports, and reviewing safety records to build a strong case.
  • Consult with medical professionals, safety experts, and accident reconstructionists who can testify on your behalf to substantiate your claims.
  • Negotiate aggressively with opposing counsel and insurance adjusters.
  • Litigate forcefully if that becomes necessary to bring you maximum damages. 

Damages Our Attorneys Will Fight To Win

We know all too well the devastating losses you have no doubt suffered after your construction fall. That’s why we will do whatever it takes to bring you just compensation for:

  • Medical costs, now and in the future
  • Lost income
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Replacement services
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

If the misconduct of the defendant was especially heinous, our legal team may also seek punitive damages. If you have tragically lost a loved one in a construction fall, we will do everything possible to bring you substantial funds for final medical expenses, funeral and burial/cremation costs, and loss of financial support and companionship.

Factors That May Affect the Damages You Receive

Several factors can influence the amount of compensation you receive, including:

  • Severity of injuries (whether there is permanent disability or disfigurement)
  • Whether your ability to earn a living was affected by the construction fall
  • Extent of your own liability, if you bear some of the blame for the accident 
  • How high your medical costs are/how long they are expected to continue
  • The extent of your physical and emotional pain 

With all of these factors in play, you can count on the strategic and persuasive skills of our lawyers to ensure that your case will be presented in a way that supports your best interests. Our goal, like yours, is to bring you justice and maximum compensation.

Contact Our Experienced New Jersey & New York Construction Fall Attorneys Today

Construction falls can have devastating consequences, but you don’t have to face the aftermath alone. At Nagel Rice, our capable, compassionate attorneys are dedicated to fighting for your rights and securing your future. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we will take over all logistical matters so that you can rest and recover from your trauma with the knowledge that you have excellent legal representation and ongoing moral support.

Nagel Rice LLP helps its clients with claims throughout New Jersey, including Bergen County, Essex County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Passaic County, and Sussex County. We also represent clients in New York.