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Helping All Types of Victims of Construction Accidents in New Jersey

Lawyers assisting with personal injury lawsuits and workers’ comp in Bergen County
At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, our attorneys assist all type of victims injured in construction accidents, including bystanders and pedestrians, construction workers injured in the course of employment, and construction workers injured by another employer, another company’s worker or other third party at the same work site. We have decades of experience with injury claims, including assisting victims with workers’ compensation claims and with personal injury lawsuits and negotiations.

Types of construction accidents
With a record of successful personal injury settlements that speaks for itself, our highly experienced attorneys are dedicated to helping you obtain just compensation for all types of serious injuries, from crush injuries to amputations and head and brain injuries to back and spinal injuries. We provide sympathetic, responsive representation for victims injured in construction accidents with a broad range of causes, including:

Defective equipment
Safety violations
Failure to use proper protective equipment
Ladder accidents
Scaffolding collapse
Crane collapse
Falls from heights
Slip and trip and fall accidents
Forklift accidents
Heavy construction equipment or machinery accidents
Crush injury accidents
Trench collapses
Excavation accidents
Drilling accidents
Rollovers or back-overs
Chemical burns and toxic exposure
Repetitive motion injuries

Types of injuries caused by construction accidents
The construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries for employees. In 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recorded 781 workplace fatalities involving full-time construction workers. About four out of every 100 cases involved injuries that required days away from work, job restriction or transfer. Our lawyers assist in recovering compensation for all types of serious construction site injuries, including:

Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Back injuries, including spine, spinal cord and herniated disc injuries
Broken bones and fractures
Burn injuries, electric shock and chemical burns
Crush injuries
Amputation injuries and disfigurement
Serious repetitive motion injuries

Who is liable for construction accidents in New Jersey?
Who is responsible to pay for the costs of your injuries depends on the circumstances of your case. If you were a bystander or pedestrian injured at a construction site, you may have a case against the construction company if the company or a construction company worker was negligent and the negligence caused your injuries.

If you were a construction worker injured on-the-job, our lawyers can help you file a workers’ compensation claim to obtain benefits for your damages directly from your employer or employer’s insurer, even if your employer or a fellow coworker was not negligent. However, if your injuries are due to negligence by another employer or other third party, we may help you sue the responsible parties. A lawsuit for construction site injuries can be worth more money than you might otherwise recover from a worker’s comp claim. Our attorneys will evaluate your case and guide you through your best options.

Personal Injury

Head & Brain Injuries Caused by New Jersey Accidents

Seeking compensation for accident victims suffering traumatic brain injuries
Head and brain injuries can occur in almost any type of accident in which there is a bump, blow, jolt, impact or penetrating injury to the head or a lack of oxygen to the brain. Whether you fell and hit your head while on someone else’s property or were injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another, you may suffer serious damage.

Brain injuries can affect all aspects of your life, from your ability to earn an income to your enjoyment of daily life activities and being able to care for yourself. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg in Bergen County, our lawyers understand what a terrible impact a head or brain injury can have on your life. With decades of experience both in and out of New Jersey courtrooms, we help you recover just compensation so that you can get the medical treatment and care, lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, and other damages that you deserve.

What are the common causes of a head injury?
The most common cause of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States is a slip or trip and fall accident. While falls can injure victims of all ages, they are primarily harmful to children and elderly adults. They cause half of all head injuries in children up to 14 and more than 60 percent in adults 65 years and older.

The second most common cause of brain injury is an auto accident. More than 17 percent of TBIs are caused by traffic accidents, including accidents involving trucks and motorcycles. Head injuries received in a truck accident may be particularly serious or fatal because of the severity of these accidents. Motorcyclists, on the other hand, can help protect themselves from serious TBI by wearing helmets. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), helmets are 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries, and helmeted riders have a 73 percent lower fatality rate than riders without helmets.

In addition to falls and motor vehicle accidents, more than 16 percent of brain injuries are caused when the head is struck by or against a moving or stationary object. Another 10 percent are caused by assaults.

What types of brain injuries occur in accidents?
Whether due to a car accident, a workplace accident, a slip and fall accident or any other accident caused by the negligence of someone else, head injuries tend to be very serious. Brain injuries can include a wide range of harm:

Tearing of the delicate brain tissue, such as from a sudden impact
Bruising, caused by impact to the skull
Deprivation of oxygen, called anoxic brain injury
When a traumatic brain injury occurs, the victim may suffer a variety of short- or long-term effects, including:

Behavior and personality changes
Concentration and memory problems
Loss of senses, such as touch or smell
Depression, anxiety or other mood changes
Impaired speech and vision
Physical or mental impairment
What are the symptoms of a brain injury?
When a brain injury occurs, it is important to act quickly to recognize the signs and symptoms so you can seek immediate medical attention and minimize possible long-term harm. Many different symptoms indicate brain injury, including:

Loss of consciousness
Dilated pupils
Being dazed, confused or disoriented
Memory or concentration problems
Persistent or worsening headache
Dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination
Nausea or vomiting
Sensory problems
Slurred speech
Sensitivity to light or sound
Mood changes or mood swings
Agitation, combativeness or other unusual behavior
Feeling depressed or anxious
Fatigue or drowsiness
Difficulty sleeping, sleeping more than usual or the inability to wake up
Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
Convulsions or seizures
Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears

Personal Injury

What to Do When an Accident in New Jersey Causes Back & Spinal Injuries

Bergen County lawyers guide you through your claim for a spinal cord injury
A back injury seriously can harm the spine and spinal cord. A spinal cord injury is generally caused by a blow to the back that fractures or dislocates the vertebrae in the spine. Additional damage can be caused when the vertebrae or fractured pieces of the spine tear into cord tissue or damage the nerves. The most severe injuries cause paralysis below the site of the injury.

If you sustained a serious back injury or spinal injury in Bergen County or northern New Jersey because of the negligence or wrongful acts of another, it’s in your best interests to find an attorney who can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other harm. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, we are dedicated to helping you obtain the full compensation you need and deserve under the law. Our highly experienced lawyers personally handle your case to ensure the best quality of service and results.

What are the symptoms of spinal injuries?
Because spinal injuries are internal, they are not always easily recognized or diagnosed. If you or a loved one was in a car or truck accident, a slip and fall accident or otherwise injured your spine, seeking medical treatment is the best way to diagnose the injury and minimize the harm. Many symptoms indicate a spinal cord injury, including:

Pain or pressure in the neck, head or back
Tingling or loss of sensation in the hand, fingers, feet or toes
Partial or complete loss of control over any body part
Urinary or bowel problems
Balance and walking problems
Bands of pain or pressure in the area between the head and abdomen
Difficulty breathing
Unusual lumps on the head or spine
Signs of weakness or brain injury
Unconsciousness or semiconsciousness

What kind of back injuries can you sustain in an accident?
Our lawyers help you recover compensation for all types of serious injuries to the back, neck and spine, including:

Herniated disc injuries
Spinal cord injury
Slipped vertebrae
Broken or fractured spine
Pinched or damaged nerves
Numbness, pain or weakness
Blood pressure problems
Loss of muscle, lung, bowel or bladder control
Reduced mobility
Paralysis, including paraplegia and quadriplegia

What are the causes of back and spinal injuries?
Diseases and accidents both can cause a spinal injury. Alcohol is a factor in about one out of four accidental spinal injuries. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, our attorneys assist victims in recovering compensation from negligent parties in all types of accidents that cause an injury to the spine:

Auto accidents and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. They cause more than 40 percent of new injuries in the United States each year.
Trip and slip and fall accidents and falls from heights cause more than 25 percent of spinal injuries. If you are over age 65, falling is the most common way to injure your spine.
About 15 percent of spinal cord injuries are caused by gunshot wounds, knife wounds and other violent acts.
About 8 percent of back injuries are caused by athletic and recreational activities, including impact sports, such as football and diving in shallow water.