New Jersey Amputation and Dismemberment in a Construction Accident Attorneys
Construction workers accept more danger in their everyday life than other workers. The injury rates on construction sites are extreme, but the work still needs to be done, and it’s the company’s job to make sure risks are mitigated. But what happens if the company doesn’t do all it can to minimize the risks and serious injury results?
If you or someone you love suffered an amputation or dismemberment due to negligence on a construction site, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact the attorneys at Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers today to schedule a free consultation. We will review your case and determine whether you’re eligible for compensation through a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Call (973) 364-8300 today, and let us help you get your life back after a construction accident.
Why Do I Need an Attorney for My Amputation or Dismemberment Accident?
Hiring an attorney is necessary for most personal injury (PI) claims for several reasons.
PI law is complex and hard to understand. It takes an experienced attorney to explain how the process works and make sure you submit a claim that is complete and supported by evidence.
Building a claim is a laborious task, and without an attorney, you may be overwhelmed by the workload. Your attorney will handle it for you so you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries. We will investigate your workplace accident to determine how it happened and who was at fault, interview any witnesses to corroborate your story, and gather all necessary evidence to support your claim, like medical records and accident reports.
Compensation for PI claims usually comes from the responsible party’s insurance company. For construction accidents, your employer will likely have a comprehensive policy in place to protect them from liability. These companies employ underhanded tactics to protect their bottom line. They may not outright lie, but they may not tell the whole truth. They will likely contact you immediately after the accident and pressure you into accepting a settlement that may be far less than what your accident is worth. Without the help of a lawyer, you may not get all the compensation you’re owed.
Why Hire Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers to Represent Me?
We’ve been helping New Jersey residents with their PI legal needs for over fifty years, and during that time, we’ve seen claims of all shapes and sizes. We handle everything from slip and fall accident claims to multi-million dollar lawsuits. We have the experience to get the job done right.
Our record of success is impressive, but the way we treat our clients sets us apart from our competitors. You’ll be treated like family when you’re here. We will listen carefully to your needs, answer any questions you may have, and work diligently to obtain the results you need to move on with your life.
Head to our Testimonials page if you’d like to see what our past clients have to say.
Why Workers’ Compensation May Not Always Be the Best Option
New Jersey, like most states, requires employers to carry workers’ compensation (WC) insurance. WC is a fantastic tool for protecting employers and employees and avoiding costly litigation for workplace injuries, but it may not be the best option for some accidents.
Accepting WC benefits usually requires an employee to release their employer from legal liability for a workplace accident. You do not have to prove fault on anyone’s part to receive benefits. However, if your workplace accident was your employer’s fault, you may not wish to do so. Amputation or dismemberment is a severe and life-threatening injury, and if you survive, your life will irrevocably change. You may want to hold your employer accountable to keep them from hurting someone else in the same manner. If you know and can prove that your employer’s negligence was the cause of your accident, you may wish to move forward with a PI claim or lawsuit instead of accepting WC benefits and releasing them from liability.
How Amputation and Dismemberment Accidents Happen on Construction Sites
Amputation and dismemberment accidents aren’t common, but they do happen for various reasons. Some of the reasons we see for this type of injury include the following:
- Heavy equipment malfunctions. Heavy machinery like grading equipment, forklifts, or skid-steers can easily sever limbs or injure a limb beyond repair, requiring amputation.
- A strong electrical charge, such as when contacting a live overhead power line, can damage a limb such as a hand or an arm beyond repair.
- Falling from a ladder, scaffold, or unsecured floor can lead to severe injuries such as head trauma, broken bones, and crushed limbs.
- Crushing accidents. Items weighing hundreds of thousands of pounds are not uncommon on construction sites, such as cranes or steel frames. If these items are not handled safely, serious injury can result.
- Falling objects. Tools, equipment, or building materials dropped from even a low height can easily lead to damaging a limb or digit, requiring amputation.
Compensation for Amputation or Dismemberment in Construction Site Accidents
Compensation in PI claims usually comes from the responsible party’s insurance company. Your attorney will help you draft a demand letter, a legal document to resolve the dispute which outlines your grievances and the compensation you expect in return, and submit it to the insurance company.
Determining the amount to demand is done by reviewing prior case law for comparison and tallying up the losses caused by the accident. Some losses are simple to add up, such as medical bills, but with an injury this severe, the mental toll is just as significant as the financial one. You can be compensated for this loss as well. Talk to your attorney to see which damages apply to your claim.
Some examples of losses or damages include the following:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment
- Property damage
- Lost opportunity
- Scarring and disfigurement
Call Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers Today
If you’ve suffered irreparable harm due to your employer’s negligence, don’t delay any longer. Call Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers for a free, no-obligation consultation today. We will review your case and discuss your options free of charge. Let us help you get back on your feet after a construction site accident. Call (973) 364-8300 today.