Massachusetts Construction Site Accidents Attorney
Working in the construction industry poses substantial health and safety risks. The presence of large, powerful machinery and equipment, exposed power lines, and other issues can all dramatically increase the possibility of a serious construction accidents. Whether they occur as a result of unsafe premises, faulty equipment, or the negligence of construction site managers, construction accidents have the potential to dramatically change the lives of workers. Additionally, when these sites are unsafe, they can pose significant risks to any passersby.
Construction accidents routinely result in serious injuries, including paralysis and brain damage, the treatment and management of which may carry substantial costs. Unfortunately, as our team of Massachusetts construction accident lawyers at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP is well aware, many construction workers and innocent passersby are forced to deal with these serious consequences due to someone else’s error. For this reason, those injured in construction may need to pursue compensation, whether workers’ compensation or personal injury compensation, in order to get the help they need.
Causes and Results of Construction Site Accidents
Construction site accidents may have a number of different causes and result in a wide array of devastating injuries or illnesses. Some of the most common causes and results of construction accidents include:
- Equipment Malfunction
- Employer Negligence
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
- Lifting Injuries
- Wrongful Death
Other serious construction site risks include:
Construction sites are, unfortunately, fraught with dangers for passerby and workers alike. In some construction site accidents, such as those involving heavy machinery, the accident could potentially remove a victim’s limb or cause such severe damage that an amputation must be performed. In incidents involving amputations, victims are facing not only the loss of one or more limbs, but they also must face the reality that their lives will never be the same.
Exposure to Toxic Substances
Although toxic substance exposure may occur less frequently than other construction accidents, the potential for hurting construction workers and innocent people alike can be more far-reaching. There are many ways exposure to toxic substances can happen on a construction site:
- Failure to quarantine toxic chemicals
- Chemical explosions or fires
- Failure to provide protective gear or equipment
- Chemical spills
- Failure to find toxic chemicals in demolished materials
These accidents or instances of neglect could put an innocent person in at danger of being exposed to toxic substances in or near a construction site.
Head and Brain Injuries
A head or brain injury is one of the most serious damages a person can sustain, as harm to the brain can easily affect one’s everyday ability to function. There are many dangers at construction sites that may result in a head and brain injury. Some common causes of these injuries include:
- Falling objects
- Falling from height / slip and fall accidents
- Scaffolding collapse
- Misuse / abuse of equipment
- Negligent construction site management
- Failure to provide protective head gear
- Vehicle crashes
All of these situations could mean serious head injuries and potential brain damage for the construction workers involved. Some temporary or permanent effects of these injuries are memory loss, decreased communicative skills, or limited motor skills.
Slip and Fall
In order to protect workers and pedestrians from serious accidents, construction sites must be secured properly by keeping walkways clear and hazardous wiring covered. Unfortunately these, and other, necessary precautions are not always taken, which make workers and passing crowds vulnerable to slip and fall accidents. As the attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, know, these accidents can cause innocent people to sustain injuries that have long-lasting consequences.
When ensuring the safety of a worksite, the following potential hazards should be secured:
- Open manholes
- Uncovered wiring across walkways
- Spilled water / wet walking surfaces
- Scaffolding problems
- Walkway obstructions
All of these circumstances make a slip and fall accident on a construction site more likely, and if you are hurt in such an accident, our attorneys are ready to fight for your rights.
When a construction worker or passerby is affected by these and other construction accidents or consequences, he or she often faces difficulty recovering, as they battle lengthy physical recovery, medical bills, and lost wages.
Why Choose Crowe & Mulvey, LLP?
At Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, we put the weight of our whole team behind each client we serve. When you choose our firm, you are enlisting the combined resources of our whole legal team, and your case is a priority to us. No matter how big or small your claim is, we will fully devote ourselves to it. Your satisfaction is what matters to us. Located in the heart of Boston, we represent clients in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and throughout Massachusetts. No other New England construction attorneys are as committed as we are to righting the wrongs inflicted on our clients, no matter how difficult the case.
Frequently Asked Questions
Construction accidents can happen to anyone, even construction workers who follow every safety precaution or passersby minding their own business. Especially in a busy city like Boston, the likelihood of construction accidents is unfortunately high. The unexpected and often traumatic nature of construction site accidents makes recovery a difficult task. If you or a loved one is the victim of a construction accident, you deserve to have the experienced and compassionate attorneys of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP on your side. Seeking compensation can be overwhelming. The questions below are designed to help you get a head start on the process of recovering costs that you may be entitled to for your injury and losses.
What do I need to know about construction site accidents?
Boston has changed dramatically over the past 100 years since Crowe & Mulvey, LLP was established. Our attorneys have extensive experience helping victims of construction site accidents. We understand that construction work is highly hazardous. Exposure to dangerous or toxic materials, working with heavy machinery, and working at elevation are just some of the dangerous situations that often lead to serious accidents. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there were 5,190 construction worker fatalities in 2016. That number means that there were approximately 99 deaths a week, or the equivalent of 3.6 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers. This high rate of fatal construction accidents speaks to the dangerous nature of construction work. The Massachusetts construction attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP pursue injury claims for accidents and deaths to get justice for victims and to encourage the industry to become safer. The danger of construction work can also affect bystanders and others who are not associated with construction, so making construction sites safer helps not just the workers themselves but also all who find themselves near them.
How much compensation can I expect?
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death from a construction site accident, you may be able to receive compensation what happened to you. The most obvious financial loss that victims suffer is the cost of medical and rehabilitation bills they have to pay when injured. More serious accidents can lead to lengthy hospital stays or multiple surgeries, and you should not have to pay for these extravagant costs if you were not at fault. Seeking financial compensation for these medical costs is an important undertaking for your financial and physical health. The process can be lengthy and complicated, however, so it is best to start as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more difficult it may be to recover what is owed to you.
Do I need an attorney?
Although employers often compensate their construction workers for work-related injuries or illnesses, the amount the affected workers receive is often very minimal. If you have been injured in a construction accident, you should enlist the help of an experienced construction accident attorney to make sure you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to. A lawyer can help you calculate your medical bills, your lost wages, and, if applicable, your lost future earnings. If you are injured to the point that you will not be able to resume the job you had, you may need to figure out the loss of earning you could have made in the future if had you not been injured. Victims of construction accidents should also take into account the pain and suffering caused by their injury or illnesses.
Quantifying these many factors can be daunting. Seeking to hold employers or owners responsible for their negligence can be even more so. The attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP have the experience and resources to help you understand the amount of compensation you are entitled to and what you are most likely to receive. Most importantly, they have the determination and commitment to fight for your rights, regardless of how big or powerful the company is that you are seeking justice from.
Contact a Construction Site Accident Lawyer in Massachusetts
If you have been injured as the result of a construction accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills and other costs. Though getting the compensation you need can be difficult on your own, with the help of our legal team at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, you can more easily navigate the legal process and focus on recovering while we work for you.
Call us at (617) 404-3417 today to find out how we might be able to help you.