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Third Party Actions for Construction Site Injuries

Construction Site Injuries

When you’ve been hurt on a construction site, your first course of action will often be to file a workers’ compensation claim. In many instances, that will be your “exclusive remedy,” which means that your only recourse to recover monetary damages for your losses is through the New Jersey workers’ compensation system.

There are, however, situations where you are not limited by the workers’ compensation laws, where you may file what is known as a “third party claim” in a civil court. Here’s how it works.

The workers’ compensation laws are in place to cover situations where there was negligence or carelessness by your employer or a fellow employee. If your injuries were caused entirely by wrongful acts by your employer or a co-worker, then you may only seek benefits through a workers’ compensation claim. However, if any unrelated party contributed to or caused your injuries, you may bring a legal action against that unrelated party in a court of law. Some examples of third party liability include:

  • Injuries caused by the careless design or manufacture of tools or equipment on the jobsite
  • Injuries caused in a motor vehicle accident involving a person who is not your employer or a co-employee
  • Injuries caused by workers or vendors at an adjoining work site

There are circumstances, where the injury was caused in part by your employer or a co-employee and in part by a third party, where you can file a workers’ compensation claim simultaneously with a civil suit. However, you cannot recover twice for the same loss—if you recover for medical expenses in a workers’ compensation claim, you can’t recover for those same expenses in a court of law.

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Don’t run the risk that evidence will be lost— contact us online or call our office today at 856-667-4666 to schedule an appointment. Your first consultation is free. We are available evenings and weekends upon request. We’ll also travel to your home or the hospital, if necessary.

We handle all personal injury claims on a contingent fee basis. We won’t charge any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for your losses.

The Most Deadly Construction Site Accidents

The Fatal Four Accidents that Cause Most Construction Site Deaths

The Most Deadly Construction Site AccidentsIf you work in the construction industry, no one has to tell you it’s a dangerous occupation—in fact, the most deadly job in the country, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Statistics gathered by OSHA show that nearly 1,000 construction workers lost their lives in work-related accidents in 2015, and that about two of every three deaths were caused by four different types of accidents—what industry officials refer to as the “fatal four.”

Falls from Heights

Almost every construction job requires that you work at some elevation above the ground, whether it’s a single family home or a skyscraper. More than one of every three deaths in 2015 stemmed from a fall from a significant height. Statistics show a variety of causes, including:

  • Failure to construct, maintain or assemble a scaffold
  • Improper use of ladders, buckets, cranes or other equipment
  • Lack of appropriate guard rails or barriers, or poorly constructed/maintained safety barriers


Nearly ten percent (8.6%) of those killed died when they came into contact with live electrical current, either in the form of loose wiring or by making contact with an overhead power line.

Falling Objects

Likewise, about ten percent of the deaths in 2015 resulted when construction workers were struck by falling objects, from building materials and tools to jobsite debris or heavy equipment. OSHA officials say most could have been avoided with the use of appropriate barriers.

Caught-Between Accidents

According to OSHA, 66 construction workers died in 2015 when they were crushed between heavy equipment, building materials and other construction site structures.

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Don’t wait another day—evidence may be lost! Your first consultation is free of charge. Contact us by e-mail or call us at 856-667-4666 to schedule an appointment. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged upon request. We’ll come to your home or the hospital to meet with you, if necessary.

The Most Common Types of Construction Accidents


It’s common knowledge that working on a residential or commercial construction project is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. Statistics
indicate that one of every 25 construction workers in America will sustain a non-fatal injury this year. Though general contractors and owners are aware of the risks and have a duty to take steps to protect the safety of workers, the desire to maximize profits by cutting corners still pervades and has serious consequences. Here are the most common types of construction accidents.

Falls from Heights

Far and away the single greatest cause of injury on a construction site is falls from heights, including ladders and scaffolding, accounting for one of every three construction site injuries. Too often, contractors don’t supervise the erection of scaffolding or monitor employees to ensure that ladders or scaffolding are properly set up. In addition, it’s not unusual for job sites to lack safety barriers on upper levels.

Slips and Falls

The most common factor contributing to jobsite slips and falls is the accumulation of trash, refuse or debris on a site. This includes building materials, tools and other equipment.

Falling Items

Whether it’s a high-rise or a single family home, there are often tools, building materials or debris left on upper levels. When these items fall to the ground, they can cause serious injury to anyone below.

Dangerous or Defective Tools, Equipment or Machinery

Power tools that misfire or breakdown, or heavy equipment that’s not properly maintained can cause serious injury.

Contact Attorney David J. Karbasian

Contact our office online or call us at 856-667-4666 to schedule an appointment. Your first consultation is without cost or obligation. The sooner you call, the sooner you can move forward with your claim. We can accommodate evening or weekend meeting requests and will come to your home or the hospital, if necessary.

We handle all personal injury claims on a contingent fee basis. We won’t charge any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for your losses.

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