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It goes without saying that construction sites are one of the most dangerous workplaces. Heavy machinery, exposure to hazardous materials, risky heights, explosives, and sharp tools are just some of the things construction workers encounter on a daily basis. In fact, employees in Massachusetts’s construction industry have the highest rate of work-related injuries in the entire state. But just because you are aware of the dangers involved with working on a construction site does not mean you give up all your legal rights if an accident happens. It’s important to know your legal rights as a construction worker since you may be entitled to worker’s compensation if you are injured while on the job.
Types of Workplace Construction Accidents
The moment you walk onto a construction site, you are immediately at risk of a number of serious accidents. Recent statistics show that out of every 100 Massachusetts construction workers, 6 will be injured (or have been injured) in a construction accident. These types of accidents include:
- Motorized Equipment/Vehicle Accidents involving: cranes, forklifts, front-end loaders, and trucks.
- Crush Accidents involving: steel beams, large pipes, concrete pillars, and heavy loads falling or shifting.
- Cave-in Accidents involving: working below ground level in trenches and unstable soil collapse.
- Tool Accidents involving: nail guns, power drills, and saws.
- Ladders and Scaffolding Accidents involving: falls and slips from high heights, unsteady ladders, and faulty scaffolding.
Common Construction Site Injuries
Injuries that result from construction accidents can be tragic and life changing. These injuries include:
- Blindness/vision impairments
- Limb/hand amputation
- Back, neck, and spinal chord injuries
- Permanent paralysis
- Temporary or permanent brain damage
The hardest part in a construction accident worker’s compensation case is determining who is actually liable. This is because construction sites have so many employers, ranging from engineers to subcontractors, and product manufacturers to architects. This is where our construction accident worker’s comp lawyers come in. We will sort through the confusion and find out who is responsible in your individual case. This step is important because it will determine how much monetary compensation you can receive.
Available Compensation for Construction Accidents
If you or someone you love has been involved in a construction accident, you’re probably wondering what kind of compensation you can hope to receive. You’ll probably have expensive medical bills, lost wages, or even a disability that prevents you from returning to work. The amount of money you can collect depends on a variety of factors, such as your weekly wage and your degree of injury. This is why it’s important to consult with an attorney to find out a ballpark estimate of the compensation you may receive. In Massachusetts, workplace compensation can cover:
- Temporary total disability
- Partial disability
- Medical expenses
- Partial lost wages
- Permanent loss of function benefits
- Survivors’/dependents’ benefits
- Lump sum settlements
Contact a Massachusetts Worker’s Compensation Lawyer
At Powers & Caccavale, we represent workers who have been involved in mild and serious construction accidents. With our many years of experience, unique knowledge of insurance companies, and dedication to achieving the best results possible, we can maximize your monetary compensation and get you the justice you deserve.