New Jersey Work Injury Lawyers
Those who work in industrial occupations perform an important service for society, and their sacrifices are often taken for granted. Industrial employees are at a higher risk of suffering catastrophic injury or fatality than those in other occupations. We believe that for people who have been injured, the main goal is to get them back on their feet as quickly as possible. Helping injured victims receive compensation for their injuries is an important part of this process.
Who Is at Risk?
Individuals who work in the following environments are particularly at risk for suffering catastrophic accidents:
- Assembly lines
- Construction sites
- Drilling rigs
- Gas and oil refineries
- Shipping depots
Know Your Employer
Industrial sites are complex workplaces, and often, many different employers manage employees on a single site at the same time. Not only is there an employer who directly oversees the project on the site, but there are also contractors and subcontractors performing special jobs. Repairmen may also be on site to fix equipment. Inspectors, delivery people, and machine installers may come and go throughout the day. The lack of communication that may come with having so many different people coordinating work can leave an injured victim confused as to how to file a claim and who should be held accountable. If you have been injured on an industrial or construction site, and are unsure whether you are entitled to compensation, the knowledgeable New Jersey Workers’ Compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr can help.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) governs industrial sites, and establishes very strict safety standards. This includes providing proper facilities for employees, safety gear and equipment, and necessary safety training. Unfortunately, employers do not always abide by OSHA’s mandates. If you are aware of a hazardous condition at work that is threatening your safety or that of your coworkers, you should notify your employer immediately. If an injury occurs after an employer has been notified of an unsafe condition, yet they failed to remedy it, they may be liable for punitive damages. Holding negligent employers accountable is an important part of keeping workers everywhere safe.
Common Industrial Accidents
The most common types of industrial accidents include the following:
- Accidents caused by flying debris or other objects
- Being struck by falling objects
- Crane and Forklift accidents
- Machinery and equipment accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Truck accidents
Injuries and Potential Damages
Industrial workers are prone to some of the most serious accidents of any occupation, including burns, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries, and blunt force trauma. In extreme cases, workers may even be fatally injured, in which case their family may be able to bring a wrongful death claim for damages on their behalf. This compensation can help both the victim and their family get through the most difficult time of their lives.
New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Fight for Victims of Industrial Accidents
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of an employer’s negligence, the dedicated New Jersey personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr can help you recover compensation. We will investigate all aspects of your claim and will relentlessly pursue damages on your behalf. If you have questions after the aftermath of an industrial accident, call us today at 732-249-4600 or at 877-249–4600, or complete our convenient online contact form to schedule a free consultation.