Earlier this month, a worker lost his life as a result of a construction accident in New Jersey. Per a WPIX-TV report, the worker was cleaning out the cement mixer on a truck when he was caught under the mixer’s drum, resulting in fatal injuries.
Are Families of Construction Workers Killed on the Job Eligible for Workers’ Comp?
Construction accidents can happen because of the negligence of a construction company, product manufacturer or a third party, such as a contractor or subcontractor. In some cases, the families of employees killed in construction accidents may be able to secure workers’ compensation benefits in the wake of the incident. However, the workers’ comp process can be slow and complicated. In addition, in many situations, applicants are denied benefits and must turn to the appeal process to recover workers’ comp benefits.
Workers’ compensation may not be the only option for the families of construction workers who are the victims of fatal on-the-job accidents. Survivors may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit, product liability suit or third party claim against the construction company, manufacturer or contractor responsible for their loved one’s deadly accident. Through a personal injury lawsuit, victims can bring those at fault to justice, including securing financial help for hospital bills, loss of income and funeral expenses.
Our New Jersey injury attorneys have been protecting the rights of injury victims and the families of wrongful death victims in Atlantic City and Cape May for years. Our law firm offers free consultations where we answer your questions, explain your rights and discuss the best options available to you and your family going forward.