New Jersey Crush Injury Lawyer

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Crush injuries often result in lasting impacts on a victim’s life and livelihood. These injuries are commonly the result of traffic collisions and workplace accidents, particularly in the agricultural, manufacturing, and construction industries.

Since 1929, the crush injury lawyers of Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman have been helping injured people in New Jersey pursue the compensation they deserve after suffering crush injuries. We understand how difficult it can be to suffer a severe injury and not know how you will cover your medical costs and living expenses while you recover.

With so much at stake, the last thing you should have to do is navigate the legal system on your own. Whether you are seeking benefits through your employer’s workers’ compensation policy or filing a lawsuit against an at-fault party, you stand a much better chance of success if you have experienced legal representation on your side.

If you’ve suffered a crush injury in a work-related incident or in another type of accident that was caused by the fault of another, contact a crush injury attorney at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman today for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case and your legal options. You may be  entitled to receive  significant compensation.

How Our Law Firm Helps People with Crush Injuries

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If you engage our services, our firm will:

  • Thoroughly investigate and examine the facts of your case
  • Gather medical records and obtain expert medical opinions
  • Offer you legal guidance and support and help you navigate all legal processes relevant to your case
  • Handle all communications with insurance companies and their lawyers, including settlement negotiations
  • Represent you at hearings, depositions, mediation, and at trial, as necessary

Over the last century, we have helped thousands of people secure hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation through both personal injury suits and the workers’ compensation system. Contact us today for a free consultation and to learn more about how our law firm helps people with crush injuries get the money, justice, and security they deserve.

How much does it cost to hire us?

At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, we do not charge you any fees upfront to start work on your personal injury case. We will review your case for free, with no obligation to you. If we believe you have a claim for compensation, we will do all the legal legwork with no out-of-pocket cost to you. When we recover compensation for you, our fee then comes as a percentage of that. If we don’t win, you don’t pay us. It’s that simple.

On a workers’ compensation claim, we can begin work on your case at no upfront cost. We do not charge for our services unless and until we obtain a successful outcome on your behalf. And even then, the only fees we collect come from a court-approved percentage (up to 20 percent) of the monetary award you receive for your claim.

From our clients

I would recommend Richard Isolde to my family and friends, and he was accommodating in handling our case. He was always available by text, phone calls, and email. Most significantly, he helped us get what we deserved. Richard Isolde is always there for his clients and does whatever he can to get the job done.


Richard Isolde worked very hard on my case, making the impossible possible.
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I used Mr. (SQ) Lee for a personal injury matter and could not have been any more pleased with his services. He understood my injury and helped me every step of the way. He was courteous and kind and I always felt better after speaking with him. His assistant, Sherrill, was also wonderful and together they made a great team! I would absolutely recommend them, and the firm, to anyone.


Types of Injuries that Result from Crushing Forces

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Some of the most common types of injuries caused by crushing include:

  • Bruising and bleeding
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Lacerations
  • Compartment syndrome and restricted blood flow
  • Nerve injuries
  • Muscle swelling
  • Renal failure
  • Cardiovascular instability
  • Lung injury
  • Paralysis

How Crush Injuries Occur

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Some of the most common causes of crush injuries include:

  • Workplace accidents
  • Construction site accidents
  • Forklift accidents
  • Crane accidents
  • Farm equipment accidents
  • Loading dock accidents
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Dog attacks

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Jobs that Frequently Risk Crush Injuries

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While crush injuries can happen in any line of work, they are most common in industries such as construction, agriculture, and manufacturing. Roofers, forklift operators, crane operators, elevator operators, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, mechanics, and farmworkers are all at heightened risk of crush injuries on the job.

Workers can be struck by falling objects that have not been properly secured, and they can be caught up in dangerous machinery like punch presses and conveyor belts if guards are not in place. Industrial workers are also vulnerable to being run over and crushed by work vehicles, including forklifts.

Employers have a responsibility to provide their employees with necessary training and personal protective equipment required to do their jobs safely. Unfortunately, employers sometimes fail to uphold their responsibilities, which can have devastating consequences.

Workers’ Compensation and Third-Party Lawsuits Involving Crush Injuries

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The type of compensation you may be eligible to receive will depend on how you sustained your injuries.

If you were injured in the workplace and you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, you should be able to pursue these benefits through your employer’s insurance policy, regardless of who was at fault. In New Jersey, with limited exceptions, every business with employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance, which pays for all necessary medical expenses and offsets a portion of lost wages.

If you suffered a serious crush injury due to circumstances that occurred because of the negligent conduct of someone who is not your employer, such as a motor vehicle accident, the  at-fault party can be held accountable through a personal injury claim or lawsuit. You may be able to pursue both kinds of compensation if you’re both eligible for workers’ compensation benefits and you’re in a position to sue someone other than your employer.

Potential Compensation for a Crush Injury Case

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For a workplace crush injury, you could be entitled to recover medical expenses, lost income, and disability benefits from the workers’ compensation system.

If you are pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against a party whose conduct caused your injury, you can seek additional compensation that isn’t available through the workers’ compensation system. Through a personal injury lawsuit, you could recover:

  • Present and future medical costs related to your injury
  • Lost income
  • Lost future earnings
  • Pain and suffering, including physical pain, emotional and mental distress, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Other non-financial damages

Time Limits for Filing a Crush Injury Lawsuit in New Jersey

If you’ve suffered a crush injury in the workplace, you must notify your employer of the injury within 90 days. You’ll then have up to two years from the date of your injury to file a formal claim for benefits, usually through your attorney.

If you are filing a personal injury lawsuit in New Jersey, you have two years from the date of the injury to do so. The statute of limitations dictates this window of time. Your case doesn’t need to be resolved by the deadline. You simply need to begin the legal process by your attorney filing a complaint in court against the at-fault party before that time.

If you don’t take legal action before the statute of limitations passes, the court will most likely dismiss your case, and you will lose the opportunity to pursue compensation through the court systems. Without the ability to take the defendant’s insurance company to court, you will also lose your bargaining power with any insurance adjusters assigned to your claim.

Get Help from Our Crush Injury Lawyers Now

Whether you’ve been injured on the job or as a result of someone else’s negligent, reckless or intentional conduct, the dedicated legal team at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman is ready to assist. We have helped thousands of injured people in New Jersey navigate the workers’ compensation process and pursue compensation through personal injury lawsuits. We want to do the same for you.

Contact our crush injury attorneys today for a free initial consultation.


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