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Construction Site Injuries

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SUGARMAN has represented countless construction workers and their families

For decades, SUGARMAN’s personal injury attorneys have represented countless workers and their families for injuries and deaths suffered in construction site accidents. In fact, some of the earliest cases in Massachusetts establishing a worker’s right to bring a claim against a negligent contractor were brought and won by SUGARMAN lawyers. That tradition, and our lawyers’ dedication to those workers, continues today.

Residential, commercial, and industrial construction sites can be some of the most dangerous places for workers. When accidents happen at these sites, workers and their families not only suffer the consequences of the injury but the immediate loss of income and uncertainty that comes with that injury. Every worker hurt on the job would gladly turn back time and erase an accident and their injury. Once an accident happens, however, what is required is a steady focus on bringing some measure of security and compensation to the worker and their family. That is what SUGARMAN’s experienced personal injury lawyers bring to these cases.

Bringing a successful construction site injury case is more than just “putting in a claim.” Even simple construction sites can have multiple contractors, subcontractors, architects, owners’ representatives, and project managers. Each contractor has their own personnel, equipment, and responsibilities at the site. Important to note that each contractor has an insurance company keeping careful watch on accidents to make sure that injured workers recover as little as possible. When a construction accident occurs, several things happen seemingly at once. A workers’ compensation claim is begun, which can quickly fill the gap caused by a loss of income. In the meantime, multiple insurers and OSHA investigate, often with an eye towards blaming the worker or his immediate employer (who cannot be sued by the worker for negligence). During this critical time, mistakes can be made that can limit the worker’s right to recover. While it may appear obvious at first blush who is responsible for an accident at a construction site, legally speaking that determination can become quite complex.

Sorting this out requires not only a careful investigation of the facts but an understanding of the contracts, insurance agreements and state and federal regulations and codes that apply (and do not apply) to a given construction site. At SUGARMAN, the goal is for prompt and fair resolution of every construction site case. However, the best results come from a willingness to fully investigate, litigate and, if necessary, try the case in front of a jury. SUGARMAN’s accident lawyers bring their decades of experience to the complex relationships and insurance issues that surround nearly every construction site accident. Whenever their involvement begins, SUGARMAN lawyers know that swift action is required to maximize the worker’s chances of a successful recovery against the responsible party or parties. Our personal injury attorneys also collaborate with an injured tradesman’s workers’ compensation counsel to maximize the total recovery to the injured worker. If you have been injured in a construction site accident, our attorneys stand ready to apply their expertise in this area of law for your case, beginning with a free consultation with one of our partners.

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SUGARMAN’s personal injury lawyers have handled many different construction site accident cases. Cases have included scaffolding and staging collapses, wall and roof collapses, falls through unprotected floor openings, crane and aerial lift overturns, dropped loads, job site electrocutions, accidents from defective tools, and construction elevator and material lift accidents. We represent laborers, electricians, ironworkers, plumbers, masons, and all other construction trades in injury claims.

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Town building inspector slips on ice during inspection

Settlement for a town building inspector who slipped on an icy unpaved driveway while performing an inspection of the defendant’s property, resulting in severe and permanent leg injuries that rendered him totally disabled from performing his job as a building inspector.

Settlement for construction worker injured after scaffolding fall

SUGARMAN’s attorneys were able to obtain a settlement just before trial on behalf of a worker who fell over 6 feet from scaffolding at a construction site and suffered a severe ankle fracture. The case was brought against the contractor who constructed and supplied the scaffolding, but failed to attach the safety railings and failed to provide the worker with required fall protection. In addition to the settlement of the personal injury claim, SUGARMAN’s attorneys were also able to negotiate a favorable resolution of the client’s workers’ compensation lien in order to maximize the client’s recovery.

Electrocution to construction worker on a residential construction site

Settlement of personal injury lawsuit for an excavation worker who was electrocuted while attempting to place caution tape over low hanging electrical wires.

Hemric v. Reed & Prince Mfg. Co., 575 F. Supp. 254 (D. Mass. 1983), aff’d, 739 F.2d 1 (1st Cir. 1984)

The statue of limitations is a matter of procedure governed by the law of the forum state.

Ironworker falls 30 feet from Boston high-rise

Settlement received for multiple fractures to ironworker who fell while erecting the steel frame of a new Boston high-rise. General contractor failed to require 100% fall protection.

Lang v. Edward J. Lamothe Co., 20 Mass. App. Ct. 231 (1985)

The defendant did not pay workers’ compensation benefits to the plaintiff, and as a result, did not receive the benefit of the workers’ compensation exemption of employers from tort liability.

Construction worker struck by debris

Significant recovery in personal injury claim for union carpenter struck on the head by discarded debris at a construction site. Worker suffered a neck fracture requiring surgical fusion and a significant closed head injury.