Workplaces can be dangerous. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that 1.16 million cases of non-fatal occupational injury and illness occurred in the U.S. in a recent year, and 4,405 fatal workplace injuries.
If you suffer a job-related injury or illness in New Jersey – or if you lose a loved one to a workplace accident – you have legal rights and options. You may be able to file a claim for medical and disability benefits through the state’s workers’ compensation program. In some cases, you may be able to file a third-party liability claim.
It is important to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer from Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., without delay in order to make sure those rights are fully protected. We provide free initial case reviews. Call us today at (800) LAW-2000 toll free or submit our online form.
How Do Job-Related Accidents Occur in New Jersey?There are many ways an accident at work can happen. According to OSHA, the most common types of New Jersey workplace accidents are:
- Contact with objects and equipment, including falling objects
- Falls, including falls to a lower level, falls from a ladder and falls from scaffolding
- Highway transportation accidents, such as collisions and overturned vehicles
- Assaults and violent acts
- Fires and explosions
- Exposure to harmful substances or environments
- Contact with electric currents (shock or electrocution)
- Exposure to toxic substances and chemicals
- Being caught in running equipment or machinery
- Motor vehicle and forklift accidents.
In a recent year, there were 101 fatal accidents at New Jersey workplaces. OSHA lists the causes as:
- Transportation incidents (36)
- Incidents of violence and other injuries by persons or animals (28)
- Falls, slips, trips (16)
- Incidents of contact with objects and equipment (11)
- Exposure to harmful substances or environments (8)
- Other reasons (2).
Although any line of work can be dangerous, the BLS reports that jobs with the highest rate of workplace accidents resulting in days away from work are laborers, nursing aides, orderlies, attendants, janitors, cleaners, heavy truck and tractor-trailer truck drivers and police / sheriff’s patrol officers.
A Lawyer Can Help with your New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Claim
If you have been injured or lost a family member because of a workplace accident or illness, contact Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. today. We can help you to secure workers’ compensation benefits to cover your losses and needs. We can also help you decide whether other parties should be held accountable for your injury or illness through a third-party lawsuit.
The experienced, skilled and dedicated New Jersey workplace accident attorneys of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., have secured appropriate compensation for thousands of injured employees and their families throughout New Jersey.
Contact us at (800) LAW-2000 toll free or through our online form for a free initial consultation. We will come to your home or hospital room if that is more convenient for you. We do not charge a fee until there is a recovery for you and your family.
Sources / More Information
- Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- Fatal Occupational Injuries in New Jersey, BLS
- Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work, BLS
- Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, BLS