Urban construction and demolition work can be extremely dangerous for workers and the public. The use of heavy equipment, the risk of falling, as well as environmental hazards can place people in the vicinity of a construction project at risk. As economic development and gentrification continue to change the landscape of many Boston neighborhoods, the dangers of hurried construction projects could continue to increase. A Boston-area news source recently discussed a building collapse at a former South Boston power plant which left three workers injured.
According to the facts discussed in the news report, the former Edison Power Plant in South Boston has been undergoing demolition, as the area is being developed into an economic zone that includes offices, residences, a hotel, and many restaurants and businesses. Earlier this month, construction crews were performing the demolition when a portion of flooring above the workers collapsed. Three workers were trapped below. Two of the workers escaped relatively easily, but the third was buried in the rubble. After an “extensive extraction operation” which included over 100 firefighters, the third worker was removed and transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Seeking recourse for workplace injuries can be a difficult and complicated endeavor. Most Massachusetts employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover the medical expenses and partial lost wages related to an employee’s injury on the job. While the workers’ compensation coverage can be beneficial to an injured employee, such coverage is not designed to compensate injured employees for all of their losses related to an injury on the job.
If a job-related injury is not the fault of the injured employee, the employee may also have a negligence claim against the party whose negligence resulted in the injury. A civil accident lawsuit may allow an injured employee to collect additional damages, including compensation for the full amount of lost wages, pain and suffering, disability-related loss, as well as other damages. Employees who have been hurt on the job as a result of the negligence of another person should consult with a qualified Boston personal injury attorney to determine if they may have a claim, as your employer will most likely discourage going beyond the workers’ compensation case.
Where to Find a Qualified Massachusetts Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed on the job, or from any other accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss. Even if you have pursued reimbursement and medical care through a workers’ compensation claim, you still may have a case to collect more damages. The experienced Boston personal injury and negligence lawyers with the Neumann Law Group have successfully won substantial settlements and verdicts against a large variety of defendants. If you have questions about a possible case, give us a call and discuss your issues for no charge. The Neumann Law Group represents clients in most Massachusetts injury cases, including construction accidents. Contact us today at 800-525-6386 to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case.