Dockworker Injured in Port Elizabeth Accident

A 62-year-old Roselle dockworker was injured when her vehicle was raised off the dock by a shipping crane and dropped. According to an news report, the accident happened at the APM Port Elizabeth terminal in Elizabeth, NJ.

Officials say the dockworker was driving a tractor-trailer when a crane lifted a container she was carrying. The crane then dropped the whole load. The container wasn’t properly disconnected from the woman’s vehicle, but it’s unclear if the box was open or if a pin slipped. The worker has been treated for a leg injury.

This accident is the latest of four recent incidents at APM Port Elizabeth terminal. In August, a 49-year-old Newark woman was killed when a vehicle used to move containers struck her. A co-worker responsible for that fatal accident faces criminal charges because officials believe he was intoxicated at the time of the incident. In September, two APM workers sustained burn and smoke inhalation injuries when a vehicle caught fire. Earlier in October, a 49-year-old Paramus man lost a hand while replacing a hoist cable.

Injured New Jersey workers have the right to pursue compensation for their medical bills and lost wages through workers’ compensation benefits. In cases involving negligence, additional compensation may be available through civil litigation.

People injured in dangerous workplaces often have to seek support both through workers’ compensation and through an injury claim against the at-fault party.

Civil litigation is the best way to pursue support for losses such as:

Pain and suffering
• Lost future wages
• The cost of rehabilitation services
• Other related damages

If you’ve been injured on the job in New Jersey, inform your supervisor right away and seek out medical attention from an employer-approved doctor. Then, make sure you speak with an experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney who will review all your legal rights and options to ensure that you get the support you need.

Contact Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. to discuss your next steps. You can reach us at (609) 240-0040.