Construction Accidents Higher Among Older Workers

Construction Accidents for Older Workers Morris County NJ

Study Finds Greater Injuries in Construction Workplace Accidents Among Older Workers

According to recent studies there are more people than ever who are working at age 60 and older. This growing demographic is especially present within the construction industry. A 2010 survey found that the average construction worker was 41.5 years old; five years older than the average found in 1985, according to the Engineering News Record (ENR).

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, we has extensive experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients of all ages injured in all manner of construction accidents in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Newton, Netcong, Dover, Denville, Parsippany, East Hanover, and Morristown. Please call our Morristown office or our Newton office today to discuss your individual needs, concerns, and situation regarding any kind of construction site injury in a free and confidential consultation with our legal team.

Sussex County Construction Workers : Danger Increases with Age

Though some professions can carry inherent risk, aging workers are at an even greater risk of injury. This is especially true in physical labor-focused jobs, such as construction work. The recent ENR study looked at the safety and health of these older workers in order to better understand the dangers they may face on the job.

According to the above mentioned study, while older workers are less likely to be injured on the job than a younger worker, the injuries they sustain are more serious when they do get hurt, and more likely to be fatal. Some 19 construction workers older than age 65 died during accidents in 2012 throughout the United States. Because of less robust health and longer recovery time, older workers can have much longer convalescent periods after an accident, leading to far more physical complications and longer lasting disabilities.

Negligence : Common Dangers for Older Construction Workers

Construction work is a field where injuries commonly occur. However, injuries may not only result from the dangers associated with a workplace. Unfortunately, the negligence or recklessness of contractors, equipment manufacturers, and other third parties may lead to serious trauma for a worker.

Construction accidents can result from many different causes. Negligence on the part of construction companies, property owners and equipment manufacturers may all contribute to construction site accidents.  These accidents often include:

  • Exposure to toxic materials commonly found at construction sites (including silica and asbestos)
  • Scaffolding and Ladder Collapses and Structural Failure
  • Slips and falls on unstable flooring
  • Use of faulty or defective equipment (such as heavy machinery such as forklifts, cranes, conveyor belts and hoists)
  • Motor vehicle use (including dump trucks, forklifts and tractors)
  • Electrocution
  • Being “caught between” or crushed by heavy objects
  • Falling debris
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Burns

Construction accidents may result in some very serious physical injuries to workers.  Other significant construction site injuries include muscle strains and sprains, broken bones, loss of limbs, spinal cord injuries including paralysis, head injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and concussions, internal bleeding, repetitive motion injuries, as well as loss of hearing.

Contact A Dover Construction Site Injury Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff and our law office has decades of experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients injured in construction site accidents across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including communities such as East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton.

Our firm works closely not only with our clients, but their families as well. We understand how precarious a family’s situation can get as medical expenses mount and the injured party remains unable to work. For these reasons we focus on keeping our clients and their families informed and involved throughout the legal process as we work to secure you the compensation you need and deserve to make your life whole again.

Speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any type of construction site injury and your options for making a successful financial recovery.  Please contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at (973) 520-0525.


What a NJ Personal Injury Attorney Can Do for You

Morris County and Sussex County Personal Injury AttorneyAny time a person is injured by the reckless or negligent actions of another person, party, or multiple parties, that same injury victim may be able to recover financial compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, and physical and emotional pain and suffering through some kind of personal injury lawsuit.

However, unlike workers’ compensation claims which require no proof of fault, a successful personal injury claim will require the injury victim to prove exactly how the actions of the responsible party were a) negligent, and b) were what directly caused the accident and resulting injuries in question.

While this may seem fairly obvious or easy on paper, proving these key elements, and recovering full and fair compensation is often anything but easy.

This is where having an experienced Morris County and Sussex County personal injury lawyer on your side can be of enormous benefit to you and your family when seeking compensation for the injuries and damages you have suffered.

Proving Negligence and Fault in Personal Injury Claims, Dover Personal Injury Lawyer

As mentioned, a successful personal injury claim such as a car accident injury claim or some kind of premises liability claim for injuries on a poorly maintained or unsafe property will require you (and your Dover personal injury lawyer) to prove that:

  1. the parties you believe were responsible for your accident and injuries are, in fact, responsible, and
  2. that their actions were what directly lead to your accident and injuries

Many times, proving these two key elements of a personal injury claim will require extensive investigation. Police records, eye-witness accounts, video footage, records, and your own personal testimony can all play a role in the validation of what exactly happened, and why.

Of course, reviewing all of these various elements, and then presenting the conclusions based on the evidence to the insurance company and if necessary, the court, will require a great deal of finesse, expertise, and most of all, time. Considering how crucial this gathering and presenting of evidence will be to your personal injury claim, there is an extremely high risk of “doing it yourself”, not to mention the simple fact that as an injury victim, you may not physically be able to travel to these different places, or speak with the many people that will need to be vetted, interviewed, and prepared to testify in depositions and potentially even a trial.

Proving the Full Extent of Damages in Personal Injury Claims, Newton Accident and Injury Attorney

Once you have proven that you do actually have a strong and viable personal injury claim (proof of fault and negligence), you will also need to prove the extent of the damages you have suffered as a result of your accident.

For less serious injuries, this can be relatively straightforward, simply adding up your medical expenses, the amount of time you have missed from work, and securing an appropriate amount of compensation for “pain and suffering damages”.

However, many times more serious injuries will require on-going medical treatment and rehabiliation, and can also permanently affect your ability to continue in your previous line of work, or even work at all. When this is the case, and damages need to be projected far into the future, proof of the “value” of these damages will often require consultation with a variety of professionals in order to properly asses.

By retaining the services of a personal injury attorney, not only will they already have a number of different professionals with whom they have already worked, more importantly your attorney will be able to cover the expenses of hiring these professionals during your personal injury claim process thanks to how contingency fees work. This means that you will not have to worry about the cost of paying for these very necessary consultations and testimonies at a time when you may also be worrying about how to simply put food on the table for your family, and keep a roof over their heads.

Contact A Morris County and Sussex County Personal Injury Attorney Today

At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, our team has extensive experience recovering full and fair compensation for injured clients and their families in towns across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including Dover, Hopatcong, Newton, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Netcong, Morris Plains, East Hanover, Florham Park, Rockaway, and more.

Whether you have been injured in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, construction accident, work-related accident, on a poorly maintained or dangerous premises, by a defective product, or in any other kind of accident caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another party, our firm is ready to provide you and your family with the knowledgeable, effective, and highly attentive legal counsel that you need and deserve during such traumatic times.

To speak with Attorney Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a fee and confidential consultation regarding your accident, your injuries, and your options for recovering full and fair compensation through any kind of personal injury claim, please contact us online, or through either our Morristown office or our Newton office at (973) 520-0525.

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