construction sites are not uncommon and usually quite serious given the dangerous equipment
and situations construction workers are often placed in. Those construction
workers injured on the job may have some options when it comes to making
a claim for compensation to cover the costs associated with a workplace injury.
To be eligible for
workers’ compensation, you do not need to prove someone else was negligent and caused your injury,
but only that you were injured and the injury took place while working
on the job. Workers’ compensation usually covers the costs of medical
expenses, lost wages, and disability related to your injury.
There is a give and take with workers’ compensation in that while
such claims reduce the expensive and time-consuming litigation of a normal
injury case, those pursuing a claim relinquish their right to pursue other
damages such as pain and suffering against their direct employer, leading
to the need for an injury attorney to file a separate claim for damages
against the general contractor or another responsible sub-contractor.
Negligence is the Key to Compensation
If you are injured by another person working on a construction site such
as a general contractor, subcontractor, negligent architect, engineer,
or supplier, you can hold them liable along with their employer.
Negligence can manifest itself in several ways on a construction site, such as:
- Electrical shocks from defective equipment
- Falling from scaffolding that was improperly built
- Defective safety equipment
- Injuries from repetitive motion
- Trench collapse
- Hazardous or toxic chemical leaks or spills
You may also be able to bring a civil lawsuit for product liability if
you are injured by a piece of equipment which malfunctioned due to faulty
design or poor manufacturing. You may be eligible to hold the tool designer
accountable for such poorly-functioning materials. A successful product
liability suit will be able to demonstrate the tool responsible was dangerous
once manufactured, you used the tool properly, and the tools malfunctioning
directly caused your injury.
If you were harmed in any way on a construction site you have rights that
our skilled Boston
personal injury lawyer can help with. The Law Offices of Steven R. Whitman can fight for
your rights to compensation and stand beside you through the entire process.
Call the firm today!