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Boston Construction Accident Attorneys

Your job is supposed to be safe and if there are any dangers, your employer is required to fix them. Construction companies are responsible for maintaining a safe work environment. When construction company owners and equipment manufacturers fail to act responsibly to safeguard workers, they can be held responsible for construction site accidents.

In the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) enforces safety laws for workers. Despite strict safety regulations, job related fatalities and injuries remain common. According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,547 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2010. Construction sites are among the most dangerous places to work, with 802 deaths occurring to construction trade workers in 2010. Department of Labor statistics indicates that 4 out of every 100 construction workers suffered a recordable work related injury during 2010.

Construction injuries are common because the job requires workers to work in high places or in holes or trenches that are more than four feet deep. Other workers suffer injuries resulting from their work with machinery and heavy equipment or with toxic chemicals. At Sankey Law Offices, we represent carpenters, laborers, electricians, plumbers, equipment operators, engineers, masons, painters, welders, and construction managers who have been injured on construction sites because of the negligence of others. We also represent bystanders and pedestrians who have been injured due to construction site accidents.

Above and beyond workers’ compensationi-constructionaccidents

Massachusetts law prohibits employees from suing their employers for accidents that occur in the workplace. On the other hand, construction injuries may have been caused by the negligence of someone other than the employer. A thorough investigation by knowledgeable attorneys and investigators is often necessary to identify all parties who caused or contributed to a construction site accident. In many cases, contractors, architects, manufacturers, and property owners may be held liable for injuries or wrongful deaths that take place at the construction site.

The dangers of construction sites

Construction related injuries are caused by many factors. Some of the most common include:

  • Falls
  • Workers struck by falling objects
  • Workers struck by equipment
  • Exposure to harmful or toxic chemicals or other substances
  • Fires and explosions
  • Electrocution
  • Crane Accidents
  • Building Collapses
  • Trench Collapses
  • Scaffolding and Ladder Accidents

Serious injuries and fatalities often result from construction site accidents

The trauma caused by the sudden and often forceful nature of construction accidents frequently causes serious injuries and fatalities. These injuries may include permanent disability, loss of a limb, blindness, head injuries, fractured or broken bones, scarring, amputation, and wrongful death. Medical bills are usually large, and there may be a long period of disability and lost wages. While workers’ compensation is designed to pay for some of the injured worker’s medical bills and lost earnings, it often does not adequately compensate an injured worker for permanent losses and disability arising from a serious construction accident. We will work with you to understand the nature of your injuries and to determine whether there is a source of recovery beyond workers’ compensation.

No legal fee unless we obtain compensation for you

In construction accident cases, and in all personal injury cases, we are pleased to represent you on a contingent-fee basis. This means that you do not pay us for legal services unless we obtain a financial recovery for you.

For advice about your options if you are injured on a construction site, contact Sankey Law Offices at our Boston, Mansfield, or Braintree office. We will help you receive compensation for your injuries, property damage, and lost wages.