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Construction jobs are, in their nature, among the most dangerous professions in the United States. Each year, thousands of people in Massachusetts alone suffer serious injuries and death as a result of accidents occurring on construction sites. Generally dangerous places, construction site accidents often lead to lifelong disabilities, including the loss of a limb, broken bones, fractured bones, or wrongful death. The great majority of such injuries is caused either by the victim’s own negligence or by the negligence of a coworker and are therefore governed exclusively by the Massachusetts Workers Compensation Act.
There are, however, construction site workers and bystanders who suffer a large number of injuries each year. These injuries are caused by the negligence of “third parties”—that is, persons who are not employed by the same company as the victim. These so-called “third party claims,” which are not governed exclusively by the Massachusetts Workers Compensation Act, permit the injured party to recover monetary compensation from those responsible for the party’s injuries. This includes compensation for physical and emotional pain and suffering, reimbursement of past and future wage loss, costs of past and future medical treatment and other resulting losses from the accident. Our attorneys at Parker Scheer are well equipped to help you get what you are entitled to for compensation.
Whether you are a construction worker, crane operator, electrician, contractor or work in another related trade, Parker Scheer personal injury lawyers have the experience necessary to help you make a claim and build your case. Although there is a large range of potential sources of accidents, some of the most common types of construction site accidents are the following:
- Construction Site Falls
- Crane Accidents
- Dangerous/Unsafe/Defective Equipment Accidents
- Electrocutions/Electrical Accidents
- Elevator Accidents
- Fire and Explosion Accidents
- Forklift Accidents
- Nail gun (explosive and pneumatic) Accidents
- Run-over by Equipment
- Scaffolding Accidents
- Structural Failure/Building Collapse Accidents
- Negligent Supervision
- Welding/Brazing/Cutting (torch) Accidents
Parker Scheer attorneys have represented scores of individuals injured or killed while on construction sites, due to the negligence of third parties. If you think you may have a case, it is very important to take immediate action. You should investigate as soon as possible and preserve any evidence, including materials and machinery that were involved. Speak to any witnesses quickly as well and record their statements, as memories of details tend to fade over time. Taking these steps can help us in building your case to achieve the best possible results. Additionally, these accidents do fall under the Massachusetts Statute of Limitations, so it is important to promptly file your case and act quickly.
FALL THROUGH STAIRWAY AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE; $380,000
The plaintiff, a then 32 year old man, was working as an apprentice sprinkler fitter at a condominium complex under construction when he injured his lower back after falling through a set of unfinished stairs. Trial report for this construction injury case
FAILURE TO SAFELY OFF-LOAD CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS; $380,000
The plaintiff, a 33-year-old freight truck operator, was hired to deliver two large steel trusses to a construction site in Marlboro, Massachusetts. After arriving, the driver located the steelworker responsible for off-loading the trusses from the plaintiff’s flat-bed truck. Because the steelworker had not made the necessary arrangements to off-load the trusses with a crane, as was customary, the steelworker attempted to slide the trusses from the bed of the truck, using a pair of wooden planks as a ramp. In order to remove the trusses, the defendant steelworker removed one of the truck’s steel side poles (used to prevent heavy objects from falling off the side of the truck) and leaned the side pole against the truck’s headboard. As the steelworker began to slide a truss toward the ramp, the side pole slipped and struck the plaintiff’s head. The plaintiff, a married father of two children, suffered a closed head injury. The settlement included a lump sum worker’s compensation settlement valued at $80,000.
LOW-GRADE ELECTRICAL SHOCK; $200,000
The plaintiff, a 36-year-old union carpenter, was electrocuted when his nail gun contacted with a live electrical junction box carrying 480 volts. Prior to the plaintiff’s beginning his work, one of the defendant’s employees assured the plaintiff that none of the wires were energized. The plaintiff’s injuries included post-concussive syndrome and mild cognitive deficits commonly associated with post-concussive syndrome. The plaintiff contended that the defendant was in violation of OSHA regulations for allowing the plaintiff to work in an area where lines were energized. The defendant disputed the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries by noting that the plaintiff returned to work after only five weeks. The case settled after a one-day mediation.
ELECTRICAL SHOCK; $200,000
The plaintiff, a municipal construction worker, suffered a low-grade electrical injury after his hand made contact with a broken underground water main. An investigation by Parker | Scheer revealed that the presence of the electrical current in a cast iron electrical pipe was due to friction damage to an overhead electrical line. The electrical utility had discovered that a nearby tree branch had worn-away the insulation and grounding wire in the overhead line, forcing the electrical current to the point of lowest electrical resistance: the water pipes. The plaintiff suffered injuries to his shoulder and experienced headaches and difficulty with concentration. The parties reached an out-of-court settlement.
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If you have suffered an injury at a construction site, contact us for a free confidential case review and receive a response within hours, or call us toll free at 886-414-0400. If you need a construction site lawyer outside of Massachusetts, contact us for a referral.
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