Construction Site Injury Lawyer
Personal Injury Attorneys Foxboro, MA
Injuered While At A Construction Site In Massachusetts
Construction is a huge industry in the U.S. Statistics from the National Institute for Occupational Safety Health note that in 2019, 11.4 million U.S. workers were employed in construction, a 25% increase since 2011. Construction work can also be dangerous. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 1,000 construction workers lost their lives due to job-related injuries in 2019, more fatalities than any other industry. Workers are often climbing on ladders and scaffolding, or are on roofs, leading to the risk of falls. Workers are often surrounded by heavy equipment, such as cranes, dump trucks and excavators, which are in constant motion on the job site.
Road construction work presents additional hazards, because traffic is rarely completely shut down, but just routed around the work zone using temporary traffic controls. You can read here about a case we handled successfully against a road construction contractor who failed to use appropriate traffic controls while working in a busy intersection.
Falls were the most common type of fatal incident, following by “struck-by” incidents, where a worker is struck by something such as a vehicle or a piece of heavy equipment, and electrocutions.
Why do you need an experienced Massachusetts construction injury lawyer?
If you are involved in construction site accident, you may feel overwhelmed, and unsure of what to do. Before you make any decisions, contact a Massachusetts construction injury attorney. A personal injury attorney will help you protect your decisions, your rights and find the best way forward after a construction site injury.
An experienced team of construction injury lawyers can take on the burdens that confront victims of construction injury incidents. For example, a lawyer can help you navigate complicated insurance claims. Without an expert lawyer on your side, your claim could be denied or reduced for any number of reasons. Having a construction injury lawyer represent you means that it’s much more difficult for an insurance company to treat you unfairly.
Why should you hire Ballin & Associates, LLC?
Our team of experienced Massachusetts construction injury lawyers can help you secure the compensation you deserve if a careless or negligent landowner caused your injury. We have employed the services of OSHA experts, traffic engineers, architects, engineers, medical experts and others we find helpful to our mission.
Since 1981 99% of our injured clients have had successful outcomes. How did we do this? By treating our clients like they were our own family. We promise to devote our skill, drive and experience to every client with the compassion they deserve.
What will this cost you?
If our law firm accepts your case, you will pay nothing unless and until we collect compensation for you. Our fee will be a percentage of the amount that we collect on your behalf. We always have a signed written agreement with every client so you know exactly how our fee will be determined right from the start.
Types of Construction Site Accidents We Handle
Here is a list of the common ways in which workers are injured on construction sites:
- Falls from heights
- Struck-by accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Truck or tractor trailer accidents
- Crane or hoist accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Gas leaks
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Trench or excavation collapses
- Caught-in and caught-between accidents
- AScaffolding accidents
- Crane accidents
What types of injuries do we handle?
Our construction injury attorneys handle cases involving all type of injuries, from very serious or even fatal injuries, to relatively minor injuries. Many construction injury accidents result in so-called "soft tissue" injuries, such as sprained and strained necks, backs, shoulders and knees. We know these injuries are just as painful as a fracture and usually take a lot longer to recover from. We take the time to learn how these injuries affect our clients and then demand our clients be compensated fully and fairly for all they have gone through.<
What kinds of compensation can we recover for you?
Most construction workers are covered by workers compensation insurance provided by their employers, which can cover medical bills and time lost from work. However, construction site injuries often lead to other harms and losses, such as the following, which are not covered by workers comp:
- Pain and suffering
- Physical disability
- Permanent scars
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of love and affection
- Embarrassment and humiliation
- Mental disability
- Current loss income
- Future lost income
If someone other than your employer or a co-worker caused your injury because of their carelessness or dangerous behavior, you have a legal right to be compensated by them for all your losses, even those that are not covered by workers compensation insurance. If you are an employee of a subcontractor, you may be able to recover from the general contractor if the general contractor did not maintain overall safety at the job site.
We have represented persons injured in construction site injuries all over Massachusetts.
Our construction injury lawyers have handled cases involving construction injuries from Cape Cod to the Berkshires, and every place in between.
What to do after a construction injury:
Being injured in a construction site accident is a frightening and confusing experience. Your body may be flooded with a surge of adrenaline during and immediately after a construction injury, which can make it difficult to fully understand what happened. You might make irrational decisions or statements that could affect your legal rights.
To prevent this, here are some things you should do if you are ever involved in a construction injury.
Assess your medical condition. If there is any question in your mind as to whether you should get medical attention, you probably should, so call 911 immediately. If you feel OK on the day of the accident, but worse the following day, seek medical attention then.
Carefully document relevant details. If you are able, take photographs of the location where you were injured, and whatever it was that caused the injury – heavy equipment, failure of a ladder or scaffolding, whatever it may be.
Report your injuries to your employer, and to the general contractor for the project where you fell. However, do not discuss the details of how or why you were injured.
Contact an experienced construction injury lawyer as soon as possible. Many locations where falls occur now have security cameras. If you contact a lawyer quickly, we can immediately write to the property owner to require them to save any security camera videos before the video gets lost or recorded over.
What is the deadline for filing a lawsuit relating to a construction injury?
All lawsuits for injuries caused by construction site accidents must be filed in court within three years of the date of the incident. However, it is always best to get an experienced construction injury lawyer involved in your case as soon as possible after a construction injury. Important evidence can be lost if an investigation of the accident is delayed.
What if the accident was partially my fault?
Sometimes people blame themselves for their construction site accident. These feelings are perfectly natural and understandable, but you can still recover from a careless or negligent person who also partially caused your injuries. An injured person may recover as long as he or she is not found to be more at fault than the other persons who caused the injury. In other words, if the injured person and another person are equally at fault, the injured person can still recover, but their recovery is reduced by their own percentage of fault. So, if a jury decides the injured person was 25% at fault, that person’s recovery is reduced by 25%. If the jury decides that the injured person was 51% or more at fault, he or she recovers nothing. For additional information on how courts compare the fault of persons involved in construction site injuries, see blog post on that topic here.
Massachusetts Construction Site Lawyer
If you have been injured on a construction site, please contact our experienced personal injury attorney immediately at 508-543-3700.