Can I File a Third-Party Claim After a Construction Accident?

If you are ever involved in a workplace or construction accident that results in serious injuries, it may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney. Photo of construction site

Keep in mind, when a serious personal injury occurs at a construction site, you may qualify for financial compensation related to your accident through a lawsuit. This is in addition to potential workers’ compensation, as you may be able to obtain damages relating to pain and suffering through a third-party liability claim.

Third-party claims are not uncommon among injured construction workers. When you file a third-party claim, you are attempting to hold a party other than your employer liable. An incident that may occur on a worksite where this type of claim would be possible could include an instance where faulty scaffolding causes a fall or defective construction equipment results in a mishap.

Additionally, if multiple contractors or subcontractors are working at a construction site and it leads to an accident, you may be able to hold the company or unit liable. For example, if you are injured in a vehicle accident at a construction site, and the vehicle is owned and operated by another entity other than your employer, you may be able to hold it liable.

Because the legalities surrounding workplace or construction accidents are complex, it might be wise to speak to an attorney about your case, so he or she can help you pursue damages in the best possible way.

Crane Accident Injures New Jersey Man

We bring up workplace and construction accidents because we recently read a scary story about a crane accident in Carteret, New Jersey. According to NJ.com, the crane accident took place at an industrial site near 1400 Federal Boulevard and Milik Street.

The crane involved in the incident reportedly toppled over and a worker was expelled from the machine, leaving him hanging in the air approximately 20 to 25 feet above the ground in an emergency harness. The man suffered head injuries and a broken leg.

The incident remains under investigation.

Speaking to a Lawyer Following a Construction Accident

Again, if you are ever injured in a construction or worksite accident, it may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney. Remember, we offer free consultations regarding personal injury and work on a contingency fee basis.

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KGG’s Corner: In 2013, nearly 300 American workers were killed in construction accident falls.

Source: http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2015/02/crane_topples_at_carteret_constructio_site_leaving.html


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