Boston Construction Accident Lawyer
It can happen in an instant and come from anywhere: a piece of flying debris hits someone; scaffolding collapses; a power tool malfunctions; a trench caves in; an electrical connection becomes shocking; a welding rig sparks a fire; a hazardous material spill creates an unsafe situation. Construction sites are inherently dangerous places. Even with the best safety precautions in place, accidents can and do happen. And when they do, you should choose an experienced Boston construction accident lawyer to protect your best interest.
Laborers, carpenters, electricians, ironworkers, crane operators, plumbers, masons, painters, sheet metal workers, welders, heavy equipment operators and even innocent bystanders are all potential victims of construction site accidents.
Construction site falls
These can include roof-related falls, scaffolding falls, crane falls, elevator shaft falls, falls from holes in flooring and falling objects.
Scaffolds are temporary structures that can reach considerable heights. Most scaffold falls are the result of faulty scaffolding construction.
These can include electric shock, electrocutions, steam accidents and power line contact. When OSHA standards aren’t adhered or simply overlooked, serious accidents can happen.
Welding accidents can be caused by exposure to welding fumes, UV light, sparks, high temperatures or skin injuries.
Many construction sites require trenches for things like burying power lines; it is therefore critical that appropriate safety measures are taken to avoid a trench collapse.
When overhead work is performed, the risk of being hit by a falling object exists. The resulting injuries can range from a simple cut or scrape to a concussion, blindness, permanent injury, or even death.
What is the first thing you should do if you’ve been injured in a construction site accident?
Get immediate medical attention. Your health and well-being come first. Even what may appear to be a minor injury could have far-reaching implications – like becoming a permanent disability that requires follow-up care – not to mention lost work time and wages. Generally speaking, the sooner you get medical attention, the faster your recovery.
What is the next thing you should do after receiving initial medical care?
Contact an experienced construction site accident attorney. Most often the actual medical costs and some of the lost wages will be covered by workers’ compensation, but since the medical costs could be high, you want to be sure. You also could be an independent contractor with no workers’ compensation coverage. Either way, you want to know what you’re entitled to under the law.
Workers’ compensation alone usually does not adequately compensate an injured person for permanent losses and/or disability. If another party other than your employer or a co-worker is responsible, you may have a claim for pain and suffering. Who’s going to look out for you? Only an experienced Boston construction accident lawyer knows what needs to be done.
Getting the help you need has never been easier. We have successfully resolved hundreds of construction site accident cases during our more than 50-year history.
The Insurance Research Council reports that injury victims who consult with an attorney typically receive 40 percent more money than those who don’t. Our legal team can do even better than that for you.