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Construction workers have the responsibility of creating safe and reliable roads and buildings for their city and state. It’s a grueling job, with long hours spent navigating the elements to ensure the safety of the buildings we work and live and the roads we drive. But, there are times when construction workers’ safety is at risk and a workplace accident occurs. Generally, there are many safety measures taken to ensure that all members of a construction team are safe. But when those measures fail and an injury is obtained on a worksite, it can seriously, and permanently, affect the life of the injured worker.

Construction sites are filled with various dangers, from heavy machinery to chemicals to exposed electrical wiring and more, but workers still have a right to expect a reasonably safe environment. Construction companies must follow specific rules set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other regulatory agencies intended to protect workers and provide for them in the event of injury.

If you are suffering from an injury from a construction accident, Kiley Law Group can assist you. Our attorneys are committed to helping you get the fair compensation you need. With our No Fee Guarantee, you pay no fees until we win your case. Call us now for a free case evaluation at (888) 435-1321.

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If Someone You Love Has Suffered An Injury on a Construction Site, Contact Tom Kiley and His Team of Personal Injury Attorneys

No one expects to be injured while working to provide for his or her family. However, when at the construction site, construction workers are physically surrounded by danger. Many hidden dangers might be found throughout a construction area. Humans can easily be knocked over, injured, hit, and crushed. Any of these can be a jarring experience with lasting effects.

Construction site safety measures taken by property owners and construction business management can frequently avert accidents on the job site. However, Kiley Law Group can assist you if you are hurt as a result of their failure to take these precautions.

Following a construction injury, you and your family need the support of an experienced team of personal injury attorneys who can defend your case and get you the workers’ compensation you need and deserve.

Kiley Law Group has represented construction workers for more than 40 years and has the knowledge and experience to resolve even the toughest case.

We can investigate, identify the negligent party, and provide a clear link for the negligence that led to your injury. We can assist you in determining how much restitution you deserve and in obtaining it. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation at (888) 435-1321.

Construction Accidents Overview

Liability in Construction Accidents
Workers’ Compensation and Construction Accidents
Why Discuss a Construction Accident with an Attorney

Types of Construction Accident Cases

Crane Accidents
Falling Objects
Forklift Accidents
Heavy Machinery Accidents
Nail Gun Injuries
Scaffolding Accidents
Trench Accidents
Welding Accidents

Liability in Construction Accidents

In many instances, injured construction workers are covered by workers’ compensation when the injury is the result of an on-the-job accident. However, workers’ compensation is not always adequate for the extensive costs of recovery. And in some instances, there may be external factors that played a role in the accident, such as defective equipment or a negligent third party.

If you were injured in a construction accident, the last thing you need to worry about is battling for the financial help you need. Contact the Kiley Law Group today for a free, comprehensive case evaluation. We can help you make an informed decision about your legal options and provide the aggressive legal representation you deserve.

Workers’ Compensation and Construction Accidents

Construction accident injury victims are generally eligible for workers’ compensation, regardless of negligence. Workers’ compensation is designed to protect both workers and employers, and in most cases workplace accident victims cannot sue their employers for damages in addition to workers’ compensation.Sadly, workers’ compensation is limited to medical expenses and a portion of lost wages, and it is often inadequate for victims’ overall losses;

the process can also be challenging. Discussing your situation with an experienced attorney at the Kiley Law Group can help maximize your workers’ compensation claim and determine if there are other legal options.

Why You Should Work With a Knowledgeable Construction Accident Lawyer

Construction accidents are often serious and life-altering. You may sustain severe and long-term bodily injuries. They can even be fatal. A tragic accident could result in the loss of a loved one.

Employees who have gone through some sort of tragedy on the job may feel extremely stressed with worrying about what to do to recover financially. Filing a workers’ compensation claim or negotiating a settlement on your own can be challenging and taxing, but you don’t have to do it alone. You can get assistance from our construction accident injury attorneys.

Your workers’ compensation case requires time and attention. Our team of Massachusetts construction accident lawyers can give your case the care it requires. While we do so, you can focus on recovering from your injury and pain. We want you to totally recover from this damaging financial circumstance, so we will seek a fair settlement on your behalf.

Our team’s injury attorneys can analyze the accident, the construction site, and your injuries. In addition, we can speak with your employer and any connected insurance companies. Using this information, we can inform you of all the options available to you.

A lawyer from our group can assist you in submitting a workers’ compensation claim. We can help you get on the path to financial recovery as quickly as possible.

Why Discuss a Construction Accident with an Attorney

There are exceptions in which injury victims may be able to pursue compensation from additional parties, and construction accident claims can be complex even when workers’ compensation alone is involved. It is not uncommon for employers or their insurance providers to attempt to minimize the damages they must pay.

A skilled and knowledgeable lawyer can be an invaluable asset when dealing with a difficult insurance company or combative employer. The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have helped many construction accident victims and their families recover just compensation for their injuries, through both the workers’ compensation process and legal claims.

Please contact us today for your free consultation.

How Construction Accidents Can Affect Your Life

A construction worker’s capacity to make a living may be significantly negatively impacted by an accident and injury. Without the victim’s prior income, a family may need to make considerable lifestyle adjustments. To care for the injured family member, they might need to make changes to their current living situation.

In addition, construction accident injuries might result in significant debt accumulation and a decrease in income. Your injury may also cause serious physical trauma, mental suffering, and a decline in life satisfaction. Accidents involving construction workers can have dire consequences.

The victims of construction accidents deserve compensation for their damages. This is true whether he or she sustained injuries as a result of the carelessness of a coworker, a construction company, or another person.

Construction accident victims can get the fair compensation they require. How so? With the aid of an experienced personal injury lawyer, you can get help to recover financially from your accident. 

What Compensation Is Available to Construction Accident Victims?

There are two main ways to receive compensation after a construction accident and injury. First, being injured on the job entitles you to file a workers’ compensation claim. Second, depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be able to receive compensation by means of a personal injury lawsuit.

What compensation can you receive through workers’ compensation?

The expense of your medical care as well as a portion of your lost pay, are governed by workers’ compensation law in Massachusetts. Workers’ compensation offers ongoing disability benefits if a work injury leaves you temporarily or permanently disabled. Both whole and partial disabilities may receive coverage through these disability benefits.

In accordance with Massachusetts workers’ compensation legislation, you can also receive a specific amount of compensation if you have sustained certain types of injuries, such as disfigurement or the loss of a limb. It is advisable to consult an experienced legal team for a thorough knowledge of the kinds of benefits you can get in your construction accident case.

What is the difference between partial and total disability?

If your employment injury has rendered you wholly unable to work, you can receive total disability benefits. The term “partially disabled” as opposed to “totally disabled” may be used to describe someone who is disabled but can still work at a different job or with reduced duties. If your disability reduces your income, you may qualify for partial disability.

For example, you might earn less at a job where you perform light-duty work. Your income may be less than you would have in your prior career, which you held before your injury. If this is the case, the amount of your disability benefits can depend on the difference between what you are earning now at your new job and what your income was prior to the construction accident.

Does workers’ compensation cover medical expenses?

Workers’ compensation claims can result in compensation for injured construction workers. Compensation can include medical costs. An employer may be obligated to cover the cost of any medical care that is deemed to be reasonable and necessary to address work-related injuries.

The following medical care and injury-related equipment can be included:

  • Doctor visits
  • Hospital stays
  • Transportation by ambulance
  • Surgical procedures
  • Follow-up appointments
  • Prescribed medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Medical devices (such as oxygen tanks)
  • Lifestyle adaptive equipment (such as wheelchairs and walkers)
Is compensation available for pain and suffering through workers’ comp?

In Massachusetts, pain and suffering compensation is not covered by workers’ comp in contrast to a typical personal injury lawsuit. Instead, the benefits are meant to ensure that your family is taken care of and that your medical expenses are covered. Yet, specific categories of injuries are eligible for definitive amounts of compensation. 

What types of damages can be obtained in a personal injury lawsuit for victims of construction site accidents?

The only benefits covered by workers’ compensation are your medical costs, a proportion of your lost pay, and any other benefits mandated by law. Even so, if you have the option to do so, you can ask for damages.

You could seek the following damages in a personal injury lawsuit:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Any negative effects on your relationship with your spouse
  • Mental anguish
  • Past and future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future earning capacity

It is important to get the help of an experienced construction accident attorney. Your attorney can fully investigate the accident and determine who was at fault. Never presume that workers’ compensation is your only option in the event of an accident on a construction job. A competent lawyer can help you identify all your avenues for recourse.

What Are the Most Common Workplace Dangers for Construction Workers?

Construction workers made up the largest group of those killed on the job in Massachusetts in recent years. For example, the state saw 86 such fatalities in 2018.

Accidents in the construction industry can happen in numerous ways. Among the most common are the following:

  • Accidents involving crushing: A steel beam, a huge pipe, or a hefty cargo that falls or shifts abruptly could all crush construction workers.
  • Motorized Equipment: If struck by a moving vehicle, construction workers are at risk of suffering life-threatening injuries in incidents involving cranes, forklifts, front-end loaders, and trucks. Employees riding in an equipment bucket run the risk of falling.
  • Ladders, scaffoldings, and elevated platforms: Falls from unstable ladders or scaffoldings are a major factor in construction accidents that result in severe injuries and fatalities.
  • Cave-ins: If unstable soil falls, construction workers laying pipes or working in trenches are at risk of being killed or seriously injured.

In addition to the above, there are two construction dangers that are especially high-risk for accidents, cranes and scaffolding.

Why are cranes an above-average danger?What Are the Most Common Workplace Dangers for Construction Workers?

The construction process can be quite dangerous with heavy machinery, vehicles, debris, loose dirt, and steep heights. When it comes to deaths, the construction industry has historically been the most dangerous. No other industry surpasses construction in terms of on-the-job fatalities, accounting for 1,178 of the 4,956 total in the private sector in 2007 alone.

When dangers and safety precautions and procedures are not adequately adhered to, accidents and severe injuries can happen. This is true for everyone working on a construction site, but crane operators are particularly at risk since they move large objects at great heights.

There are regulations in place by OSHA to protect construction workers from the numerous risks connected to cranes. It is crucial to identify if your employer or a third party is at fault when those rules are broken or not properly followed.

Either your employer or third parties may be held accountable. If you have received workers’ compensation payments, workers’ compensation insurance prevents you from suing your employer directly. However, this does not mean that you cannot bring a personal injury lawsuit against another party who was responsible for your injuries.

Why is scaffolding so dangerous?

Although scaffolding is frequently utilized on construction sites for safety, it can also be dangerous. Scaffolding might not seem treacherous since the worker is walking on a flat surface with a railing. 

Nevertheless, the following are commonly repeated situations that result in worker injuries:

  1. Scaffolding is frequently put together fast and without much care
  2. Neglect in the construction of scaffolds could result in crucial pieces not being used in the assembly

Carelessness in the construction and use of scaffolds often causes disastrous outcomes. The fact that scaffolding accidents are frequently preventable is arguably the most concerning and frustrating part of these types of accidents.

To prevent these serious accidents, OSHA lays out specific criteria and safety requirements. Construction companies and other businesses must adhere to these protocols.

If these guidelines are not followed, the following can occur:

  • Falling because of failing to use guardrails or fall arrest systems
  • Electrocution if scaffolding is not kept a safe distance from power lines
  • Tools and debris falling when canopies, nets, screens, and panels are not used to protect workers
  • Scaffolding collapse because of incorrect construction, inadequate safety checks, or too many workers and equipment used on the platform

Accidents involving scaffolding can be complicated. They may involve individuals and businesses that produced and developed the scaffolding equipment. The fault could also be the individuals and businesses that installed and maintained the equipment. Expert witnesses in scaffolding accident cases, like safety consultants and accident reconstruction engineers, are frequently needed to establish liability.

What Factors Contribute to Construction Accidents?

In addition to the above-mentioned common types of accidents, there are common reasons accidents occur in construction site scenarios. These include the following:

  • Workers are not using personal protection equipment (PPE)
  • Unguarded trenches
  • Heavy machinery unsafely operated
  • Scaffolding is improperly assembled or poorly maintained
  • Use of outdated or malfunctioning equipment
  • Untrained employees are working on job sites and operating equipment and tools
  • Incompetent or insufficient site inspection
  • A failure to follow OSHA and other safety regulations and guidelines

Construction sites can be hazardous places. Construction-related equipment is often large, heavy, sharp, and quick. However, these devices do not work by themselves. When these devices do cause construction accidents and injuries, a person is frequently at fault.

Negligent and irresponsible behavior is one of the most frequent causes of workplace injuries. Thus, it is the duty of construction companies to hire qualified, experienced workers. These employees must also obtain the necessary training.

OSHA has set forth rules that must be adhered to by both businesses and employees. Construction sites can maintain a safe working environment in this way.

What if Your Injury Was Caused by a Third Party?

In the case that a third party caused your injury, you might be entitled to sue that individual or entity. If it is established that the third party was indeed the cause of your accident, he or she may be required to provide you with restitution. 

When might a third party be considered responsible for a construction accident?

Suppose, for example, a product maker who sold you or your employer a defective product and this product may have caused you to be harmed at work. In a case such as this, the tort laws relevant to your case can be considered.

These tort laws can significantly affect the results of your lawsuit. For instance, product liability laws might be used to decide whether a manufacturer was at fault. In a case like this, the manufacturer may be required to pay damages in a situation involving a defective product.

What Are Common Types of Construction Accident Injuries?

Construction site injuries are frequently serious. The most common cases include patients who have sustained long-term back, neck, and spinal injuries. Injuries of this sort are the result of strenuous manual labor. For example, daily, continuous heavy lifting. Also, regularly being flung around in large machinery that is operated repeatedly.

Additionally, construction-related injuries are caused by specific one-time accidents. In these situations, often the most common injuries are:

  • Neck and spine injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Head trauma
  • Brain damage
  • Loss of limbs
Crane Accidents

Cranes are especially hazardous because operators, crew, other construction site workers and anyone nearby are at risk of severe injury if something goes wrong. Though operator error or negligence is sometimes to blame, crane accidents may also be a result of inadequate maintenance, defective equipment or other external factors.Compensation for some crane accident-related injuries may be pursued through workers’ compensation.

But in some circumstances, injury victims may be able to pursue damages through a party other than the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a construction accident, it’s a good idea to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney. The personal injury lawyers at Massachusetts Kiley Law Group have more than 40 years of success recovering the financial peace of mind injury victims and their families need.

Falling Objects

Construction sites are inherently dangerous, and the risk of being struck by a falling or collapsing object is one of the most common threats construction workers face. According to OSHA, struck-by accidents are a leading cause of construction-related deaths, and about 75 percent of those fatalities involve heavy equipment such as cranes.Even when victims survive, accidents involving unseen—and often heavy—objects can cause costly, life-changing injuries. 

It is critical that victims and their families get the support necessary to move forward. Financial compensation for such injuries is often available through workers’ compensation benefits, which cover medical bills and a portion of lost wages. Depending on the circumstances of the injury,

it may also be possible to pursue additional compensation through a third-party claim. The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group can help you understand your legal options; please call us at 888-979-9323 for a free consultation.

Forklift Accidents

As with other industrial machinery, forklifts pose hazards to operators and others in their immediate vicinity in the event of an accident. Most forklift accidents are preventable, and accidents involving forklifts and similar equipment are often the result of insufficient operator training, inadequate maintenance or defective equipment.

If you were hurt in a forklift accident, the attorneys at the Kiley Law Group can help you file a workers’ compensation claim and receive the full benefits to which you are entitled.

If a third party was responsible for the accident and ensuing injuries, we may also be able to pursue a separate claim for damages not covered by workers’ compensation. Please contact us today for your free consultation.

Heavy Machinery Accidents

From cranes to bulldozers to excavators to forklifts, construction sites are full of heavy machinery with inherent risks. But those risks are amplified when the machinery is operated by unqualified workers, or if the equipment has not been properly maintained or is defective.

Accidents involving heavy machinery can cause life-changing injuries that leave families facing medical bills, lost wages and lost earning capacity. The Kiley Law Group has more than three decades of experience helping injured workers and their loved ones recover the financial security they need via successful workers’ compensation claims and, in some cases, litigation.

If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in an industrial machinery accident, please contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Nail Gun Injuries

Pneumatic nail guns are commonplace at construction sites, and they are prized for their ease of use and efficiency. They also have the potential to cause severe injuries. Nail gun injuries may be caused by user negligence, poor maintenance or faulty equipment.

Nail gun injuries send tens of thousands of people to emergency rooms every year, and nail gun accidents are a leading cause of injury among residential carpenters, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you suffered an on-the-job nail gun injury, the attorneys at the Kiley Law Group can guide you through the complex workers’ compensation claim process and help you pursue the financial peace of mind you and your family need to cope with medical costs and other damages.

Scaffolding Accidents

There are thousands of recorded scaffolding accidents and dozens of deaths each year, according to OSHA. Common factors in scaffolding accidents include improper assembly of the scaffolding, manufacturing defects and inadequate training in scaffolding setup.Injuries caused by scaffolding accidents can be severe, and the related expenses can affect an entire family.

The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have more than 40 years of experience representing injury victims and their families, and we can help you file a workers’ compensation claim and understand whether you have other legal options for compensation.

Trench Accidents

Trenches and excavation sites are notoriously hazardous, and according to OSHA an average of two workers per month are killed due to trench collapses. Although wall collapses are often the source of injuries related to trench accidents, workers may also be harmed by objects that fall into the trenches, hazardous chemicals or fumes within the trenches, or exposed electrical lines in the trenches.

At the Kiley Law Group, our attorneys have seen the extraordinary losses that construction workers and their families must endure after an on-the-job accident. Whether you’re seeking workers’ compensation benefits or want to discuss the possibility of pursing a third-party injury claim, our experienced lawyers can help you understand your options and recover the financial peace of mind you and your family need.

Welding Accidents

Welding accidents can result in life-altering injuries, and simply because welding jobs themselves can be dangerous does not mean that those injured in the course of their work are without recourse following an accident.

The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have extensive experience helping injured workers, including those harmed in welding accidents, maximize their workers’ compensation claims. In some cases, such as if the injury is the result of defective equipment, we may be able to help you pursue compensation from a liable third party.

Please call us today at 888-979-9323 for your free consultation with a knowledgeable lawyer.