Thousands of workers around the country are employed to work on construction projects, making them vital components of our economy. However, when heavy equipment and dangerous tools used in the construction industry fall into the wrong hands, this can result in serious injuries that can change a person’s life forever. Injuries on construction sites affect not only the workers but also any unfortunate passerby who may be at the wrong place at the wrong time when these devastating accidents occur.

The dangers of everyday life are only heightened by work on a construction site. In fact, according to the United States Department of Labor, construction sites experienced over 1,000 fatalities in 2018. Those construction site worker fatalities contributed to about 21 percent of all deaths occurring in workplace accidents in the private sector that year. This makes construction one of the most dangerous fields an individual can work in.

Labor Laws and What You Need to Know

Even with heightened safety requirements becoming commonplace over the decades through government agencies such as OSHA, there will always be room for mistakes when workers are dealing with such dangerous equipment. Construction workers have to handle all sorts of dangerous equipment, from cement mixers to jackhammers—and sometimes workers accidentally handle faulty equipment. There is a lot that can go wrong from one moment to the next. Although falls are the most common cause of death on construction sites—making up around one-third of all construction accident fatalities—other common accidents include:

  • Falling objects
  • Electrical burns
  • Being crushed or struck by machinery
  • Getting caught or stuck

While many people die each year in construction accidents, countless others are left permanently injured or disabled after these tragedies. You do not have to sit by while the parties who caused your accident carry on like it never happened. The field of personal injury law may allow for compensation for your pain and suffering.

Verdicts and Settlements

$425,000 - Labor Law

Settlement under the New York Labor Law for a fall from a ladder by worker who suffered severe back injury.

$300,000 - Fall From Elevated Planking

Settlement in the case of a 62 year old electrician’s helper who died after falling from loose planking at a height of 22 feet in a boiler room at an apartment complex.

$800,000 - Workplace Safety

To an electrician who suffered flash burns when he plugged in a meter to read the electric usage of a shopping mall tenant.

Here at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C., our attorneys are all too familiar with the devastating potential of construction site accidents. That is why our lawyers set out to make it right for our clients by fighting for their right to compensation in personal injury cases. Compensation awarded in these cases can be used to help you recoup damages for not only your physical suffering but also any economic losses and mental anguish that you have been forced to undergo.

Contact a team member at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. today at (201) 585-9111 for a free consultation from a Union City construction accident lawyer.

Frequent Injuries Occur at Construction Accidents

Construction is a large industry that handles many different types of projects. Within those projects, different roles may subject a worker to injuries that are unique to the task at hand. For example, workers tasked with moving heavy loads with a forklift may be more at risk of being crushed than workers who work to put shingles on a roof. Even so, common injuries include broken bones, lung diseases from inhaling toxic fumes, injuries to the eyes, and back injuries, among other ailments.

Even when workers wear proper safety equipment, such as goggles and protective gloves, an accident may still be waiting around the corner. The most common injuries occur from falling, as we touched on earlier. In these accidents, broken leg bones, arm bones, and injuries to the extremities are common, as victims attempt to brace their falls. There is also the risk of being exposed to open flames or heated substances used in the building process, which can cause serious burns and even result in amputation or skin grafts.

No matter what type of injury you have been subjected to during your accident, Union City construction accident lawyers at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. are here to help you get back on your feet. The field of personal injury law can be confusing, especially if you are going up against a large company backed by an overzealous insurance agency. In many cases, they may even attempt to prove that the accident was caused through your own negligence.

Our attorneys will work to gather the evidence we need to argue about what really happened. While no case is guaranteed to automatically pay out a large sum, we will do our best to present the facts of the case alongside examples of your overall pain and suffering so that you can continue to recover.

For more information about our legal services, contact a team member at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. today at (201) 585-9111 for a free consultation from a Union City construction accident lawyer.

Other Dangers on Construction Sites That May Entitle Compensation

While falls and electrocutions may be among the most dangerous accidents on construction sites, there are also more common occurrences that put workers at risk. These accidents include:

  • Slip and fall cases
  • Stress fractures from long hours performing the same task
  • Accidents involving heavy machineries, such as forklifts, cranes, and trucks

Toxic fumes are often present on worksites, which may unknowingly cause long-term health issues in workers, such as mesothelioma or lung cancer.

With so many moving factors needing to occur simultaneously to complete a job on time, it is easy for employees to become distracted. Even the slightest distraction may put lives at risk.

Client Success Story
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I wanted to make sure that you were aware of my extreme gratitude to Chris DiGirolamo, and his law firm, for the work done on my behalf.

As a 33 year licensed motorcyclist in the state of NJ, I have seen a lot of friends/family go through the process of a personal injury suit, and many times the outcome is less than favorable.  Let’s face it, there is a lot of bias against bikers out there…  So when it was my turn to experience the process first hand, I didn’t hold a lot of hope that I would recover any of what I lost.

Chris DiGirolamo not only got me enough of a settlement to recover what was lost, he got the max available, allowing me to have a little piece of mind for the future as well.

He was patient when I sent endless emails full of questions and kind and understanding with regard to my case.  I will ALWAYS refer my friends to this firm, and use them again myself, if the situation ever arises…

Thank you again for all your hard work!

- Jennifer Bounassi

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I am delighted to provide this testimonial for Mr. DiGirolamo. His representation of me during my case was unflagging over its four-year duration. He kept me informed, and prepared for every eventuality as the case progressed.

He understood my fears and pain, and saw to it that Workmans Comp provided support for me until my civil case was settled. He prepared me substantially whenever necessary. I was very grateful for his understanding of the disastrous effect my accident had on every aspect of my life.

He was always supportive and kind personally, and totally professional. He reminded me to be realistic about the eventual outcome, and advised me as to the importance of my demeanor and attitude.

Everyone I came in contact with at the office was polite and helpful, in particular Marisol Suarez, Mr. DiGirolamo’s paralegal assistant. I will always be grateful for the way my case was handled.

- Marcia Wilson

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Nothing but praise for Maggiano, DiGirolamo, and Lizzi. I have never seen such a fantastic display of teamwork at all levels of the firm. (As an aisde, everyone one who works at the firm was extremely courteous and kind – character traits that one would not typically associate with a law firm. )

Furthermore, the legal results brought about by Mr. Maggiano’s tireless litigation efforts on our behalf were very fair and just. If you ever find yourself in a car accident, be sure to consult Maggiano, DiGirolamo, and Lizzi.

- Haig Norian

A Union City Construction Accident Lawyer Is Ready to Take Your Case

The attorneys at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. know what it means to put in a hard day’s work. When other parties put your life at risk with their negligence, they need to know that this reckless behavior will not be tolerated. We will carefully examine all the details of your case so we can find out how to better assist you.

Call Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C today at (201) 585-9111 for a free consultation.