Firm Provides Legal Guidance to Victims of Massachusetts Construction Accidents
Our Chelsea attorneys uphold the rights of clients injured on project sites
Heavy equipment and busy activity make construction sites hazardous for workers and anyone else who happens to be in the vicinity. Though many rules exist to promote safety on building and repair projects, these standards are frequently violated. Even when everyone is complying with regulations, one slip-up might cause substantial harm. At Georges Cote LLP in Chelsea, we are determined Massachusetts construction accident lawyers who battle to get the payment injury victims deserve to deal with their doctors’ bills, lost wages and other damages that are compensable given the law and specific circumstances.
Accomplished lawyers assist workers with all types of injury claims
Almost any kind of injury can happen to workers or bystanders during a building or repair project, but medical conditions that are frequently the subject of construction accident claims include:
- Traumatic brain injuries — A dropped tool or other falling debris that strikes someone on the head could cause a concussion or some other type of traumatic brain injury. This can happen even if the victim is wearing a hardhat.
- Broken bones — Faulty scaffolds, items that aren’t put away properly and other hazards can trigger a fall that results in broken bones and other serious medical problems.
- Muscle and ligament damage — Overexertion and unstable surfaces could put too much strain on a body and result in harm to muscles and ligaments that require extended healing time.
- Back problems — Regardless of the precautions that one takes, without care and proper support, the physical nature of construction work carries a serious risk of slipped disks and other forms of back trouble.
- Burns and chemical exposure — Victims of fire, electrocution and the release of toxic chemicals often face long, painful recovery periods. Our firm investigates each situation thoroughly to see where the responsibility lies for these harmful incidents.
Several different contractors might be working simultaneously at a construction site and there could be confusion as to how an accident really happened. We have the knowledge and skill to find the truth and hold the negligent parties accountable.
Skillful litigators handle third-party actions against negligent defendants
Employees who are hurt on the job are usually entitled to workers’ compensation coverage which pays for medical bills and lost income associated with the accident. This system provides these benefits regardless of fault and prevents workers from suing their employers. However, in some cases, the negligence of someone besides the worker and their employer contributes to a construction accident. In these situations, victims can file a third-party personal injury claim to recover damages, such as compensation for pain and suffering that cannot be obtained through a workers’ comp claim. Potential defendants in these cases could include other construction firms and their workers, manufacturers of defective materials, providers of safety equipment such as scaffolds and negligent vehicle operators. After reviewing all of the relevant facts, our attorneys will outline the potential avenues for legal relief.
How OSHA standards might affect your case
To initiate a personal injury claim stemming from a construction accident, a plaintiff does not have to prove any violation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. However, these regulations offer insight as to the types of serious injuries that occur on building and repair sites. In the construction industry, OSHA refers to falls, crush injuries, electrocutions and strikes from objects as the “fatal four.” In matters where these accidents or others occur, our attorneys can refer to OSHA regulations, as well as state and local rules, to bolster your case that an injury resulted from someone’s negligence.
Contact a Boston-area construction accident lawyer to set up a free consultation
Georges Cote LLP represents victims of Massachusetts construction accidents. To make an appointment for a free consultation, please call 617-884-1000 or contact us online. Our office is in Chelsea.