Construction Accident Attorney & Construction Site Injury Lawyer
The physical nature of construction work is often dangerous. It often involves large machinery, heights, electrical lines, powerful equipment, and worksites that can include many contractors.
Unfortunately, the combination of numerous dangers and contractors can result or contribute to catastrophic injuries and fatalities, especially when the proper safety measures are not in place. As construction injury lawyers, we represent injured workers and the families who have lost a loved one in a construction accident in pursuing full compensation against all those legally liable.
In addition to workers’ compensation that typically will be recoverable against an employer under Massachusetts workers’ compensation law, injured construction workers are free to sue all others who may be liable for causing injury, including other contractors, property owners who allow dangerous conditions to exist, and the manufacturers, sellers, and distributors of dangerous and defective products, tools, and machinery.
Importantly, unlike workers’ compensation claims, these non-employer third party lawsuits are not limited by dollar amount, and injured workers are additionally able to recover compensation for matters such as pain and suffering (which are not allowed in a workers’ compensation claim).
If You’ve Been Injured – or a Family Member Has Died – in a Construction Accident, Please Call Us for a Free Consultation to Learn About Your Rights to Compensation and How We Can Help.
We have successfully represented many skilled construction workers and families in Springfield, Greenfield, Northampton, and throughout Massachusetts, who have had their lives turned upside down and financial security destroyed by construction site accidents.
What Compensation Can I Recover Against My Employer? About Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Claims
The only means available for compensation from an employer in most construction accident cases is through workers’ compensation benefits, meaning that it typically is not possible for an injured worker to sue an employer. However, if a construction company employer was aware of a dangerous condition and failed to remedy the issue or a third party caused an accident, it may be possible to file a lawsuit for broader damages, although these cases tend to be relatively rare. Additionally, you may be able to sue your employer directly if they failed to secure workers’ compensation insurance.
Our construction accident attorneys have comprehensive knowledge of OSHA and Massachusetts safety regulations. We can recognize negligence and have investigative techniques to search for liable third parties who may have contributed to injuries. This enables us to seek the full compensation that clients deserve following a serious construction accident.
Can I Sue Others for a Construction Injury? Are There Limitations on These Lawsuits?
While injured workers are usually only able to recover workers’ compensation benefits against their employer for a workplace injury, they are free to pursue a lawsuit against defective equipment manufacturers, the owners of dangerous construction sites, and other contractors who may be at fault.
As part our work as construction accident attorneys, we will want to meticulously investigate serious construction accident injury cases and fatalities to determine whether non-employers such as those noted above may be liable. We take depositions, interview witnesses, review accident reports, retain experts, and engage in other investigation matters in order to determine fault and liability.
Then, upon behalf of our client, we initiate litigation against all other parties whom we believe to be at fault. This is the only way to recover full and complete compensation. And, for our clients, this is the only way to recover certain types of damages, such as pain and suffering.
The Statute of Limitations
Generally, a victim only has three years from the date of a construction site injury to file a claim against a third-party (someone other than the person’s employer). Because it can take substantial time to investigate a case and compile evidence before filing a suit, it is vital to secure the representation of an experienced attorney immediately upon determining that a third party may be at fault.
Call our office to schedule a free consultation to learn about your options. We never charge a fee unless we are successful in helping you recover. Further, if you decide to file a lawsuit against a third-party, we can advance all litigation expenses while the case is ongoing.
How Are Construction Injuries Caused?
Due to the size and scope of most construction sites, numerous things can go wrong. Unfortunately, many accidents are caused when employers and contractors choose saving money over implementing proper safeguards at sites, exposing workers to dangerous, life-threatening conditions. Frequent factors leading to construction workplace injuries and fatalities include:
- Improper coordination of construction operations
- OSHA violations
- Lack of site-specific safety protocols
- Lack of fall protection
- Missing guardrails or toeboards
- Unsafe equipment
- Uncovered holes
- Improperly stacked or tied building materials
- Lax safety protocols
- Adverse weather conditions (such as ice or rain)
- Lack of traffic controls
- Improper training
- Lack of warning signs
- Slips and falls
- Forklift accidents
- Building collapses
- Respiratory or toxic substance hazards
- Electrocutions from overhead wires
- Scaffolding collapses
If a construction company or contractor chose profits over protecting your welfare, call us to find out what recourse you may have.
What Types of Construction Injury Claims Do You Handle?
At Alekman DiTusa, we can handle all types of construction accident cases. Our compassionate legal team is dedicated to helping injured victims and families who have lost loved ones in construction accidents recover for their losses. We represent clients in cases involving many types of severe injuries and fatalities, including:
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Brain trauma
- Broken ribs
- Catastrophic injuries
- Complex regional pain
- Herniated discs
- Knee and meniscus Injuries
- Shoulder pulls
- Spinal cord damage
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Wrongful Death
Normally, we only accept construction accident cases that involve non-employer parties, such as property owner or another on-site contractor, or cases in which an employer failed to obtain workers’ compensation insurance to cover workplace injuries.
How Can an Experienced Construction Accident Lawyer Help My Lawsuit?
The key to winning a third-party lawsuit is presenting convincing and reliable evidence that clearly demonstrates the other person or company is at fault for an accident. When we represent clients, from the outset we consider the evidence needed to paint an obvious picture showing liability and work to collect essential documentation that can help a jury understand a case. When we present a compelling case in court, we regularly use:
- Aerial photos of construction sites
- Blueprints of where an accident occurred
- Photographs of worksites and safety warnings
- Time records and reports
- Enlargements of applicable OSHA regulations
- Models showing worksite conditions
- Timelines and storyboards
- Enlarged test results (such as CT scans, MRIs, x-rays)
- Documents showing medical treatment
Call Our Office to Schedule a Free Consultation. We Will Work Tirelessly to Get Everything You Deserve!
We have over nine decades of combined experience holding responsible parties accountable for the injuries they cause, including those responsible for construction accident injuries. We have collected millions of dollars for injured clients and the families who have lost a loved one.
Our experienced construction attorneys can also bring product liability cases against the manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of unsafe construction equipment and machinery. If you were injured in a construction accident, we want to hear your story and help during this difficult time. Call our office today to learn how we can put our experience to work for you!
How Can We Help?
Please call us at 413.781.0000 or fill out this form.