Massachusetts Construction Accident Lawyer

Despite a construction company's best intentions to keep the workplace safe, accidents on a job site can and do happen. Construction sites are dangerous places, with heavy machinery, ever-changing conditions, and heights that workers must ascend in order to do their jobs. Employers of a construction site must enforce the rules and regulations made by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Unfortunately, because of the nature of the job, even these federally-mandated precautions cannot stop all accidents from occurring.

The construction industry only employs 6% of the United States workforce, yet it accounts for 20% of workforce fatalities. Those statistics clearly illustrate how dangerous working at a construction site can be. There are various reasons that accidents may happen. Often, construction accidents are a result of contact with equipment, strikes from or against foreign objects, overexertion, falls, fires/explosions, assaults, or exposure to harmful chemicals or other substances.

Some of the most common construction injuries include sprains and/or strains, bruises, contusions, cuts, lacerations, heat burns, amputations, carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures, and tendinitis. Though most of these construction accidents are not fatal, they are inconveniences that can lead to long-term unemployment.

Every construction worker in the state is granted the right to a safe and hazard-free working environment. If that right has been denied you, resulting in an injury, illness or accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Massachusetts construction accident lawyers are here to serve as your legal voice as you fight for the compensation rightfully owed due to your accident on the work site.

If you've had an accident at a construction site, whether you are a worker at that site or just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, you need to understand your rights. The best way to do this is by contacting an attorney who specializes in construction accident litigation.

Immediately after the injury, a construction accident report must be filed. At the same time, you should retain a construction accident lawyer. Although the Massachusetts statute of limitations requires that a suit be filed within three years, it's in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the accident.

No matter how stringent are the safety procedures in place at your job site, accidents can and do happen. In this unfortunate event, you need the law on your side. Although you can file a workers' compensation claim on your own, especially if your injury is a minor one, there are cases which may benefit from the professional assistance of an attorney. Moreover, there are some instances in which you may have the right to file a personal injury suit instead of a workers' compensation claim. Your attorney will gather all the information needed in order to continue with your case, including evidence, interviews and your statement. The attorney will also handle all communication going forward with insurance companies, so that you will not have to deal with them.

Additionally, the attorney will examine the legal responsibilities of all companies and individuals who may have incurred liability as a result of their involvement in the construction project.

In Massachusetts, an injured employee cannot sue his or her employer or any co-employee for negligence that causes an injury. In these cases, an accident victim may pursue a workers' compensation claim, but will still benefit from the expertise of a construction accident attorney.

If the victim was an innocent bystander at the construction site, however, they may well be entitled to file a personal-injury lawsuit against the negligent parties. In this instance, too, the best course of action is to hire a qualified lawyer with experience in the field of construction litigation in order to receive the compensation you deserve.


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