• Apr
    11
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Moderate Weather and Economic Growth Leads to More Construction and More Opportunities for Construction Site Accidents

    As the spring of 2017 begins to bloom and the winter slides into the history books, we all can appreciate the relative mildness that the last few months brought. Though we had a few really cold days and one or two snowstorms, the weather was relatively moderate as compared to previous years, and this bodes well for the economy, but poorly for those who work in construction. Moderate weather and economic growth lead to more construction, and more opportunities for construction site accidents. If you have been injured in a construction site accident, or a loved one is dealing with the aftermath of an injury occurred while on the job, then the attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr can help.

    In the state of New Jersey, the mild weather is leading to anticipation of growth in 2017. That growth is expected in both the residential and non-residential sectors. Additionally, there is a continuing boom in highway construction in the state. All of this is a positive sign for upgrades in infrastructure, home sales and the economy overall. It is also an indication of continued job security for those who work in the construction industry, as well as all of the sectors that support it. The hard-working employees who help to build our roads and buildings are extremely vulnerable to injury on the job – in fact, construction workers represent approximately 9% of all nonfatal on the job injuries. Roughly one in four are a result of falls, while others are attributed to falling objects, equipment related accidents, backovers and getting crushed between vehicles and stationary objects, and fires and explosions. Construction workers are also vulnerable to repetitive motion injuries, muscle and joint damage due to overuse or strain, heat stress, frostbite, and exposure to dangerous chemicals.

    When a construction site accident occurs, it is very important that the injured worker seeks medical attention immediately, and that the accident is reported to the site supervisor as quickly as possible. Though construction workers are not eligible to sue their employers for negligence, they are able to file for workers’ compensation benefits that provide them with compensation for their medical expenses and lost wages. They are also able to file personal injury lawsuits against third parties who may have responsibility for their injuries. This can include coworkers, equipment manufacturers, contractors or subcontractors working on the job site, the site’s owner, and more.

    Construction site accidents can be life changing. Though some may simply require quick medical attention with short recuperation periods, others can cause permanent disability. It is important that you have a powerful and experienced advocate working on your behalf, investigating the cause of your accident and fighting to make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve. Call the attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC today to learn how we can help.

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