The construction industry is considered to be among the most dangerous professions in the employment industry. According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) in the past year an average of twelve work related death occurred each year. In addition, thousands of construction workers sustain serious injuries many of which leads to permanent disability and disfigurement.
If you or a close family member was injured in a work related construction accident it’s essential to seek legal advice immediately.
Many workers are not aware of the many options available to them. Briones Law Group has over twenty years of experience in helping injured workers receive compensation for their physical and financial hardships resulting from their injuries.
Types of Construction Accidents
Construction sites are extremely dangerous. Workers are constantly putting themselves at risk by handling heavy equipment,working with hazardous materials and working in extreme weather conditions. Construction accidents include:
Crane Failure: There are several ways crane failure can cause a accident. The machinery can strike a power line and electrocute the crane operator and other workers.
Fallen Heavy Equipment: Forklifts, bulldozers, bobcats and loaders are some of the common heavy equipment used in the construction industry. Heavy equipment falls happens when equipment isn’t properly used or when there is mechanical failure.
Wielding Accidents: Wielding accidents present unique a danger to construction workers. The UV radiation in wielding can damage the eyes and skin. The extreme heat involved in the wielding process can also cause severe burns.
What Are Your Options?
Construction workers who have been severely injured while on job site or family members of workers who were fatally injured can be compensated for damages.
Worker’s Compensation: In MA, when a person is injured while working, they are entitles to bring a claim for workers compensation to be reimbursed for their lost wages and medical bills. An employer may not terminate a worker who is out on workers comp. Often a lawyer is need to navigate the process on behalf of an injured worker. In addition, if the cause of the injury is due to someone else’s fault other than the employer, there may be what is commonly called a third party claim against that person or entity. A lawyer can help you determine if you have a third party claim against someone else.
Worker’s comp attorney’s fees are paid on a contingency basis and no fees or costs are paid until the successful conclusion of the matter.
Third Party Personal Injury Claim: Massachusetts personal injury laws prevents workers from being able to sue their employer. In construction accidents a personal injury claim can be bought against a non employer whose negligence caused the accident. That third party can be manufacturers of a piece of machinery that malfunctioned which led to the accident. The third party can also include a engineer or architect whose oversight caused your injuries.
Each construction accident is unique. Contact us today to discuss the details of your case so that we can formulate a plan to help you receive rightful compensation for any physical and financial woes that developed because of your accident.