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October 28th, 2015

Injured at Work at a Port or Dock in New Jersey? What are Your Legal Rights to Compensation?

Legal rights to compensation depend on proper, timely investigation of the accident itself. It is crucial to identify the precise cause of the accident; this helps to ensure that the proper parties are held liable. Workers injured at ports or docks in New Jersey may be able to obtain compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. These claims are independent of any workers’ compensation claims.

port operations New JerseyIn addition, legal issues may come into play. If the statute of limitations has run or expired, absent some facts which would allow a late filing, there can be no claim for lost wages, medical expenses or pain and suffering. Because each case is different, it is vital to speak to a qualified NJ work accident lawyer as soon as possible in order to preserve your rights.

Port & Dock Accidents

The reality is that terminals and docks are incredibly busy places, given the level of activities which occur at all hours of the day. At any given time, there are literally dozens of companies, contractors and subcontractors performing work. Many work accidents at terminals and docks in New Jersey occur because of the combined negligence of multiple parties such as:

  • vessel or barge owners,
  • forklift operating companies,
  • heavy equipment operating companies,
  • forklift training companies,
  • heavy equipment training companies,
  • port authorities,
  • dock and terminal maintenance companies,
  • cargo companies,
  • trucking companies,
  • and many more.

Related NJ Dock Accident Case Result: Multi-Million Settlement for Dock Worker Injured in Horrific Bayonne, New Jersey Port Accident

Example – Forklift Accident Injury Involving Dock Worker

A forklift operator is operating a forklift truck at a dock in New Jersey with pallets that obstruct his view of pedestrian traffic. While driving the forklift to a warehouse, the operator strikes another worker. The forklift operator never sees the worker, strikes him and drags him underneath the forklift. Here, the dock or terminal operator can be held liable for failing to maintain proper lanes of travel, i.e., failing to designate proper lanes for both pedestrians and trucks. Also, the forklift operating company may be liable for negligence in training the forklift operator.

Legal Rights for Injured Workers in PA & NJ

Workers’ Comp Claims

injured workerWorkers injured in Pennsylvania and New Jersey terminal/port accidents will almost always be entitled to make workers’ compensation claims.  Depending on the facts, a workers’ compensation claim can be made either under state laws or the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. As a general rule, workers’ compensation benefits provide coverage for medical treatment and bills as well as loss of wages, if the injuries cause a temporary or permanent disability. It is important to note that amounts of the wage loss payments, also known as indemnity payments, are determined by law. In both PA and NJ, there are statutory maximums. Therefore, injured workers will not receive 100% of their weekly wages and instead will only receive a percentage.

Other Legal Claims for Financial Compensation

However, additional claims can often be made against other parties, in addition to or on top of the workers’ compensation claim.  This is something that the vast majority of workers do not know. Under the laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, an injured worker has the legal right to seek financial compensation from non-employer parties whose negligence led to the accident. Financial compensation may be awarded for past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages and past and future pain and suffering damages.

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**This website does not provide legal advice. Every case is unique and it is crucial to get a qualified, expert legal opinion prior to making any decisions about your case. See the full disclaimer at the bottom of this page.