Each year thousands upon thousands of construction workers are injured on job sites. Unfortunately, construction managers, engineers, general contractors, and subcontractors often cut corners on safety to reduce their costs. But construction sites are dangerous to be on, so it’s important that workers are familiar with health and safety regulations, and managers should be implementing safety procedures at all times. If they don’t, they will subject all workers to dangerous conditions and the risk of being fired if they speak up and insist on Safety First.
General contractors have an obligation as does every other contractor on the job, to follow the government’s OSHA guidelines for the implementation of safe work practices on a job site. A construction site is dangerous enough when safety rules are followed. But when safety is ignored, the workplace becomes extremely hazardous subjecting our workers to an “accident waiting to happen.” Cutting corners on safety can lead to some of the most serious and devastating injuries and can leave a worker with a life of disability, pain, suffering, and lost opportunity to provide for the ones they love most. And when things go wrong, nobody on the job site will voluntarily step up and take responsibility. If there has been a defect with the construction equipment, or after the job has been completed new residents are injured within the property, then lawyers like us can provide the necessary help needed in these circumstances.
Types of Construction Cases We Handle
The experienced construction injury attorneys at ROSSETTI & DEVOTO, P.C. have handled many catastrophic construction injury cases over the past 25 years. We will fight for you to hold general contractors, construction managers, architects, engineers, and property owners responsible for failing to manage safety on the job site. The most common construction site injuries result from the following:
- Falls from unguarded heights over six feet
- Trench collapses
- Building collapses
- Crane Accidents
- Forklift and Scissor lift tips overs and accidents
- Burn injuries
- Heavy equipment failures
- Construction negligence
- Scaffold failures
- Falling tools, equipment and supplies
Injuries That Often Result on Hazardous Construction Sites
Given the nature of the dangerous conditions on construction sites, it isn’t surprising that many workers suffer catastrophic injuries that leave them unable to return to their jobs. Some of these injuries include:
- Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Internal Organ Damage
- Amputation or Loss of Limbs
- Internal Injuries
- Significant Fractures and Orthopedic Injuries
Injured workers face the prospect of months and sometimes years of intense medical treatment and rehabilitation as well as lost income. Some may never fully recover. If you’ve suffered a significant brain injury, spinal cord injury or loss of limb, then you might need life long care and medical treatment. This will not only affect you, but also your family. In the tragic circumstance of death, your survivors will not only lose the ones they love but will lose the income and support they had been planning on to pay bills, colleges, weddings and retirement.
Damages You May Recover
ROSSETTI & DEVOTO, P.C. has handled even the most tragic of construction injury cases. We have experience in working with the top medical and economic experts to create medical treatment plans and life care plans to protect those seriously injured. Fortunately, in most construction site accident cases, there is adequate insurance to pay for even the most serious injuries. The damages that can be obtained include:
- Pain and Suffering (Physical and Emotional)
- Disability and Impairment
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Economic Losses Including Lost Wages and Medical Bills
- Life Care Plans
- Medical Treatment Plans
- Loss of Consortium of your spouse
- Wrongful Death Damages including loss of guidance, advice and support
Protect Your Legal Rights Today
You need to act quickly if your loved one has been seriously hurt in a construction accident. That’s not a hard sell. We hope you’ll retain us but if we are not the right fit for you, our advice is the same. Get to an attorney immediately. Why? Because the investigation is critical. Crucial evidence disappears quickly and the difference in winning big is often those things that are done immediately after an accident— before the other sides lawyers get involved. Construction sites change on a daily basis. Don’t let the change affect your legal rights. Every day that passes is another day that things are different and another way in which the defendants will ultimately try to deflect blame.
The Rossetti DeVoto Advantage
We are big enough to inflict some serious damage on defendants as you can see from our verdicts and settlements, but small enough to be nimble and move quickly. When you hire us, you get immediate action. Investigators, safety experts, engineers and accident reconstructionists are all hired immediately. Evidence is preserved and site inspections undertaken. Simply put–your case gets off to the right start and great things seem to always flow from the evidence that we obtain in those crucial moments after an accident. Not all law firms can do that. They simply have too many lawyers, too many cases and too much going on. To be sure, there are times when it is just impossible for an injured worker or his family to retain a lawyer immediately after an accident. Not to worry, we will do everything in our power to protect you as best as we can, including filing emergent actions in court to preserve evidence before it is destroyed.
Representing clients who are injured in construction site accidents requires experience, tenacity, and talent. Our team of attorneys and experts know how to get the job done. We have an outstanding track record of success, we care about our clients, and will fight for you the same way we would fight for members of our own family. Until the end! Until it’s right.
Have you or a loved one been a victim of a construction site accident? If so, contact us and we will be happy to review your case at no obligation. If you have any other questions on construction site accidents, please refer to our question-and-answer section.
To learn more about construction litigation, please read through the most Frequently Asked Questions.
RECENT SETTLEMENT AND VERDICTS IN CONSTRUCTION CASES
Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances
$2.5 Million settlement several construction companies and a machine manufacturer paid $2.5 million to the worker for injuries he sustained on a construction site. He lost his leg and his vision in one eye after an unstable machine was allowed onto a job site and was assigned for use by the general contractor in an area for which it was not intended. Andy Rossetti represented the injured worker.
$1.4 Million settlement for a 38-year-old Mays Landing laboror severely injured on a construction site in South Jersey. Andy Rossetti represented the man. $1.4 million jury verdict for the family of a man killed in a gasoline tanker explosion. Andy Rossetti and Lou DeVoto assisted in representing the family.
$802,500 settlement for fall at Construction Site that caused a brain injury. Plaintiff’s employer paid the settlement in addition to paying all past and future workers’ compensation benefits. Lou DeVoto handled the case for RD.
$550,000 settlement for injuries sustained by construction worker in a trench collapse on residential home site.
$475,000 settlement for a Portuguese immigrant who suffered a compound fracture of two bones in his arm and a torn rotator cuff after falling 25 feet in a construction fall from an unguarded work platform that violated OSHA guidelines. Lou DeVoto handled this case against Orleans Home Builders.
$300,000 settlement for a Portuguese immigrant who fractured his hip after falling 20 feet from an unguarded floor of a construction site. The unguarded sides of the floor deck violated OSHA guidelines. Lou DeVoto represented our client.
$150,000 for a construction fall caused by a General Contractor’s failure to have the required safety equipment for his workers.