Construction is dangerous work, and even those passing by a construction site can be hurt when contractors are negligent in implementing or enforcing safety measures.
Construction workers who are injured on the job are generally eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits, but sometimes contractors and their insurance companies attempt to deny or limit these benefits. The Boston attorneys at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers have extensive experience with construction site accident cases, and we fight hard to get injury victims they compensation they need.
If you or a loved one was hurt in a construction zone or due to a construction site accident, call us today at 800-577-5188 to schedule your free consultation or contact us online to get started now.
Boston Construction Work: Occupational Hazards
In 2016, Massachusetts’ fatal occupational injury rate was 3.3 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers; construction workers had the highest rate of incident, and hundreds of construction laborers are injured in Massachusetts every year.
Falls are the greatest threat to construction workers. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 24 percent of all fatal occupational injuries result from slips, trips, or falls. Construction workers are also exposed to a disproportionate number of other injury risks related to hazardous materials, dangerous equipment, and exposure to the elements.
There are state and federal regulations intended to protect construction workers and those who have to travel around construction zones. For example, contractors and subcontractors must:
- Comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations
- Maintain a reasonably safe work environment
- Provide adequate employee training
- Furnish necessary safety gear
- Warn workers of potential hazards
When workers suffer job-related injuries, they have the right to pursue Workers’ Compensation benefits to help cover medical costs, lost wages and other expenses.
Construction Injuries and Workers’ Compensation
Although there are a few exceptions, most Massachusetts employers—including construction contractors and subcontractors—are required to carry Workers’ Compensation insurance. Employers who neglect this coverage may be punished by fines and/or criminal penalties including prison time.
Workers’ Comp benefits are primarily intended to cover necessary medical care and lost earnings. However, these benefits may also pay for:
- Rehabilitation services such as physical therapy
- Job retraining if your injury or occupational illness prevents you from returning to your former position
- Disability if you are temporarily or permanently unable to return to work in your previous capacity
In the event of death, Workers’ Compensation provides monetary benefits to dependent family members.
While you don’t need a lawyer to file a Workers’ Compensation claim, an experienced attorney can help ensure that your claim is properly completed and documented. Having a skilled lawyer on your side can be especially beneficial if the insurance company rejects your claim or tries to pay you less than you deserve.
Workers’ Compensation laws are complicated, and injured workers often have questions about whether their injuries are covered, how to pursue benefits, and whether they may be entitled to other forms of compensation. The Boston attorneys at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers are here to guide you through this challenging process and help you move forward with your life.
Can I Sue if I was Hurt in a Boston Construction Accident?
Collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits prohibits a worker from suing his or her employer for damages stemming from job-related injuries. But there are circumstances in which an injury victim or surviving family members may be able to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit or, in the case of a fatal accident, a wrongful death claim.
If a contractor’s failure to comply with OSHA guidelines contributed to the injury or death, or if the employer lacks necessary Workers’ Compensation insurance, the contractor may be held liable for medical expenses and other damages. If the injury occurred on the job but was caused by another’s negligence, that party may be responsible for damages. In the event that an equipment defect led to injury, the manufacturer may be liable under product liability laws.
Likewise, a passer-by who is hurt in a construction zone due to contractor or worker negligence can pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. If a person dies as a result of injuries suffered in a construction accident, his or her survivors may be eligible to file a wrongful death case.
Contact a Boston Personal Injury Lawyer
Whether you’re a construction worker who was hurt on the job or an individual who was injured passing a construction zone, you can count on Jason Stone Injury Lawyers to fight for you when you need help most.
Our Boston construction accident attorneys don’t back down from big insurance companies, and we work hard to recover the compensation you need as quickly as possible. We offer free consultations to help you understand your legal options, and we don’t get paid until you get paid: That’s the Stone Cold Guarantee®.
Call us today at 800-577-5188 to arrange your initial consultation. Our attorneys can meet you at your home or hospital room; one of our Boston-area offices; or online via Skype, FaceTime or Google Hangouts.