Working in construction involves heavy machinery among other potentially dangerous aspects, so it’s important to exercise every safety precaution, especially since 1,034 fatal construction injuries occurred in the U.S. in 2020. However, many people often neglect their duty to act carefully and cause accidents and injuries to others. If this is the case for you, you deserve an experienced Boston construction accident attorney who can help you understand the types of benefits and damages you may be entitled to for your injuries. At Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, we can help you fight for the fair compensation you deserve for your injuries.
With over a decade of experience working on construction accidents, you can trust us to handle every aspect of your claim effectively and efficiently. We understand the laws and strategies that apply to your case and how to build the strongest claim possible to achieve a fair settlement. Due to the complex nature of these cases, we explain every concept clearly and honestly so you understand the full scope of your claim. Give us a call at 617-391-9001 or fill out our contact form to arrange a free consultation.
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Due to the dangerous environments construction workers often work in, the results may be catastrophic for the victims involved when an accident occurs. Because a large number of people and factors keep a construction site safe and running properly, accidents can have various causes, including the following:
Regardless of the severity of your injuries or the type of construction accident you were injured in, you deserve fair compensation for your losses. Our lawyers can help you build a strong claim and hold the liable party accountable.
Even though construction is a risky profession, workers are still protected if injured on the job. Construction injuries are typically covered under workers’ compensation regulations. However, an injured construction worker may be forced to file a personal injury claim if their needs aren’t met. Taking the following steps can help you protect your rights after a construction accident:
Even if you feel fine after a construction accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible and get your injuries evaluated by a doctor. If you are seriously injured, call 911. Otherwise, you should go to a doctor or the emergency room to get a check-up. You should also tell the medical professional attending you that you were injured on the job. This creates a record of your injuries and their cause, which can help strengthen your claim.
After taking care of any immediate health concerns, you should notify your employer about the accident and your injuries, regardless of their severity. Reporting the incident ensures that you have official documentation of it. If your employer engages in any unsafe practices, this information will be on file and potentially be used to prevent future accidents. Furthermore, a failure to disclose a workplace accident and injury can benefit your workers’ compensation claim.
As the person filing a claim against a liable party, you are responsible for proving their negligent actions caused the accident and your injuries. Therefore, you should collect as much information as possible after the accident to strengthen your claim and achieve full compensation. Potential evidence you can gather include the following:
This information is crucial for our in-depth investigation of your claim. We can also use this information to demonstrate the severity of your accident and resulting injuries to fight for fair compensation.
After sustaining injuries in a construction accident through no fault of your own, your recovery should be your top priority. Our Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers allow you to take the time you need to rest while fighting for your rights and handling every aspect of your claim. We have handled numerous construction accident claims in our decade of experience, so you can count on us to get to the heart of your case.
While construction sites are generally dangerous environments for workers, construction companies still are responsible for providing a reasonably safe environment for their employees to do their jobs. If a construction company or other negligent party does not uphold their duty of care to workers, you may suffer serious injuries that impact your career and future.
Knowing your rights after a construction accident is essential for building a solid claim and advocating for just compensation. Our team of knowledgeable construction accident lawyers can help you understand these rights and fight for a successful outcome.
Despite construction sites being riskier places to work, you still have the right to a reasonably safe workplace. Your employer is responsible for preventing accidents to the best of their ability by taking measures like the following to ensure your protection:
If your employer neglects the responsibility to maintain a safe work environment, we can help you hold them accountable for their careless actions.
As a construction worker, you have the right to a workers’ compensation package as a part of your benefits. Workers’ compensation is insurance that allows employees to file a claim if they are injured due to a construction accident. The compensation you receive from these claims can help cover the costs of medical expenses, lost wages, and any other damages. Family members could file a claim on an employee’s behalf if a wrongful death occurred.
While filing a claim after an accident may seem simple, your employer may dispute or deny your claim. They may offer you an amount that is not considered fair compensation to cover the cost of your losses. Therefore, it’s essential to consult a knowledgeable construction accident lawyer to understand your options better.
You do not need to prove negligence or fault to recover benefits through workers’ compensation in Boston. This no-fault system entitles you to benefits even when you are responsible for your accident with few exceptions. However, pursuing a claim against a third-party outside workers’ compensation requires you to prove negligence. You must demonstrate that a third party owed you a duty of care, violated this duty, and caused your accident.
Depending on the cause of your accident and the responsible party, evidence like accident reports, witness statements, and strict product liability laws may be used to establish liability. These claims may require an in-depth investigation by our Boston construction accident lawyers and other specialists.
Many factors may determine the value of your case. In addition to the value of your economic losses like medical expenses, your claim’s worth will depend on whether you can only recover workers’ compensation benefits. A personal injury lawsuit may allow you to recover additional non-economic losses, like pain and suffering.
Workers’ compensation benefits have a clearly defined value based on your average weekly wage, serving as a maximum cap for benefits. We can help you determine the value of your claim accurately to ensure you receive a fair settlement. You can recover damages after a construction accident through a workers’ compensation or third-party claim. Depending on which type of claim you file, you may receive compensation for the following:
Workers’ compensation in Boston offers guaranteed benefits for workplace accidents. You are generally entitled to the following according to state law:
You may also be entitled to a one-time payment for permanent loss of function, disfigurement, or scarring (on the hands, neck, or face). The amount of this one-time sum will depend on the severity and location of the function loss or injury. Note that workers’ compensation does not allow you to recover for non-economic losses like pain and suffering.
You might have a third-party claim if a negligent third party caused your injuries. This type of claim may allow you to recover damages not available through workers’ compensation, like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
You can recover damages if you are partially to blame for your construction accident thanks to Massachusetts’ modified comparative negligence system. This means each party involved receives a percentage of fault for the accident, which gets deducted from their compensation. Those with over 51% of the fault cannot collect any damages. We can help ensure you do not receive an unfair fault percentage, so you can collect the compensation you deserve.
When you are injured after a workplace construction accident, you should not worry about negotiating with an insurance company for your benefits. Our hardworking Boston construction accident lawyers can help you build the strongest case possible for maximum benefits.
We are an award-winning law firm whose attorneys have been named among the “Most Powerful Attorneys” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Our driven team has recovered tens of millions of dollars in jury awards and settlements, so you can trust us to handle all aspects of your claim, including the following:
Our efficient Boston construction accident lawyers help you file your claim within Massachusetts’ four-year statute of limitations. While this may seem like plenty of time, recovery and other delays can make meeting this deadline difficult. Fortunately, you do not need to pursue a workers’ compensation claim alone. We support you every step of the way, so you can rest assured you are in the best hands.
Dealing with the aftermath of a construction accident can be overwhelming. You may worry about how your injuries will affect your ability to work and the steep costs of treatment. Our Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers are here to help you seek justice and make the legal process less stressful with our unwavering guidance. Construction accident claims can be complicated, so we can help you understand the decisions you need to make to achieve a fair settlement.
Co-managing partners J. Tucker Merrigan and Peter M. Merrigan lead our award-winning Boston team. J. Tucker Merrigan received recognition for his work in the Massachusetts legal system, including awards like 40 under 40 by National Trial Lawyers and the 2020-2021 Lawyer.com Top Attorney Award. Peter M. Merrigan has garnered awards for his work helping the communities of Boston in the 2018 Top 40 Under 40. If you have suffered injuries in a construction accident due to someone else’s negligence, call (617) 391-9001 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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