As a New Jersey construction worker, you always knew that accidents were only a second away every day as you came into work. But like one New Jersey worker, you didn’t think you would be the one injured when a roof collapsed from under your feet.
The accident took place in Furlong, PA on January 9. According to local news sites, the man was working on a commercial building site currently under construction in Buckingham Township, Bucks County. Shortly after 9:00 a.m., the wooden roof trusses collapsed, pinning a subcontractor and trapping him beneath the rubble.
Officials said that the wood framing of the roof, which had not yet been completed, buckled and sank into the interior of the structure. The worker was trapped for nearly an hour and had to be removed from the rubble by coworkers and emergency rescuers. He was taken to Temple University Hospital for the treatment of multiple injuries, and there has been no update on his condition.
While investigators are still uncertain what caused the structure to collapse, it is important to realize that much of the investigation will be done by the employer and owner of the construction site. Too often, the details and evidence of a work accident are cleared away to allow workers to continue construction, making it more difficult for the victim to build a case after he is released from the hospital.
New Jersey attorney Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. knows that the key to winning a construction accident case is gathering evidence as soon as possible. Our legal team can help you get temporary disability payments until you return to work, negotiate with your insurance company to get you maximum coverage, and help you recover lost wages and payments for your pain and suffering.
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