More than 140,000 workers are employed in Massachusetts’s construction industry, which has the highest rate of workplace injuries among any industry in Massachusetts. Workers on construction work sites face the unpredictable movement of heavy equipment, the risks of falls from heights and exposure to hazardous materials and explosives.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Massachusetts construction accident, contact an experienced Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorney today. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits for your lost wages, medical treatment expenses and vocational rehabilitation costs.
The workplace injury attorneys at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C. exclusively represent individuals injured in the course of their employment. We are a workers’ compensation law firm with almost 30 years experience fighting for the rights of individuals injured in the course of their employment.
We help injured workers across Massachusetts, including but not limited to Boston, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Plymouth and Merrimack River. We also represent Rhode Island and New Hampshire residents whose injuries occurred in Massachusetts or who were hired in Massachusetts but who were injured out of state.
What Are the Most Common Workplace Hazards Causing Construction Accidents?
Construction workers in Massachusetts suffered 6 injuries per 100 workers—the highest workplace injury rate of any industry, according to the most recent state workers’ compensation system data. There are many ways that construction accidents occur.
- Crush Accidents—Construction workers may be crushed by a steel beam, large pipe or a heavy load that falls or shifts unexpectedly.
- Motorized Equipment—Construction workers are vulnerable to serious injuries in construction accidents involving cranes, forklifts, front-end loaders and trucks if struck by a moving vehicle. Workers can also fall if they’re riding in the bucket of a piece of equipment.
- Ladders, scaffoldings, elevated platforms—Falls from the heights of unsteady ladders or scaffoldings are a leading cause of construction accidents causing serious injuries and deaths.
- Cave-ins—Construction workers laying pipe or working below ground level in trenches are vulnerable to crushing injuries or death if unstable soil collapses.
- Nail Guns—A construction worker may be seriously injured or killed if struck by a nail from a nail gun.
Third Party Claims in Massachusetts Construction Accidents
Workers injured in construction site accidents may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. A construction worker who works for a subcontractor may also have a legal claim against a general contractor or another subcontractor who contributed to an accident by not being mindful of workplace safety or not properly maintaining equipment. These are known as third-party claims. That claim may provide additional compensation to injured construction workers for damages due to injuries in a preventable accident.
What Workers’ Compensation Disability Benefits Are Available?
If you have been injured in a Massachusetts construction accident, you may be eligible for temporary total disability, partial disability or permanent and total incapacity, as well as all related medical benefits, for a workplace injury caused by a construction accident. Employee supplemental workers’ compensation benefits are determined by several factors including your average weekly wage and your degree of incapacity from a workplace injury. A knowledgeable workplace injuries attorney can review your construction accident and advise you about which benefits you may collect.
Why You Need a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
The Massachusetts’ workers’ compensation system is set up to ensure that employers have insurance to cover employees who are injured or disabled by workplace injuries or illnesses, including construction accidents. All employees, including construction workers, have legal rights to workers’ compensation for work-related injuries.
Construction workers often have trouble obtaining their full workers’ compensation benefits after a construction accident. The insurance company may deny that an injury was caused by a workplace accident. At the hearing to decide workers’ compensation claim, the employer’s insurance company will have a lawyer arguing on the company’s behalf. That’s why you should have your own experienced workers’ compensation attorney standing up for your legal right to benefits after a construction accident.
Contact Our Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Today
While many Massachusetts lawyers practice in a number of different areas of the law, our firm concentrates exclusively in the area of workers compensation. Our firm believes in a proactive educational approach to the law. Each client is an active participant in all facets of their case.
Our workplace injury lawyers do not pass off cases to other Massachusetts law firms or to junior associates. A client will have the same attorney handling his or her claim from start to conclusion.
Remember that if you hire a workers’ compensation attorney because you have been denied benefits, Massachusetts’ workers’ compensation law states that the workers’ compensation insurer will pay the majority of your attorneys’ fees.
For a free, no obligation evaluation of your workers’ compensation claim, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C. by contacting us online or calling us toll free at (800) 367-0871.
We handle claims for Massachusetts workers who were injured in Massachusetts or while working out of state. We also represent Rhode Island and New Hampshire residents whose injuries occurred in Massachusetts or who were hired in Massachusetts but injured out of state.