Construction accidents can be devastating, causing severe harm to construction workers on site. In many cases, the injuries suffered by employees are very serious, leaving workers with long-term harm, disabilities, and an inability to return to work. If you have been involved in a construction accident in Massachusetts, it’s important that you understand your rights and how to recover the compensation award you deserve. Here are four things that you should know about construction accidents in Massachusetts and the recovery process–
Workers’ Compensation Benefits May Not Cover All of Your Damages
Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to provide workers who are injured on the job with compensation for their medical benefits (in full), as well as a portion of their lost wages if the injury prevents them from being able to return to work or return to the same position that they held prior to the accident. However, this may hardly be enough for someone who has suffered severe injuries and not only deserves full–not partial–compensation for their lost wages, but also damages for pain, suffering, and emotional distress, too.
Your Employer May Not Be on Your Side
Employees who are injured at work often assume that their employer and the employer’s workers’ compensation carrier will be cooperative and supportive throughout the claims process but, unfortunately, this is not always the case. An employer may try to deny liability for the accident, and the insurance carrier may try to lowball a settlement offer in order to save money.
You Might Have a Viable Third-Party Claim
Before you accept your workers’ compensation settlement and assume that there is nothing else you can do, you should consider whether or not you have a cause of action against a third party. A third-party liability claim exists when someone other than the injured worker’s employer caused or contributed to the worker’s harm. For example, if you were working at a roadside construction site and were hit by a drunk driver, you can file a third-party liability claim against that driver for damages.
You Need an Experienced Massachusetts Personal Injury Attorney
Injured employees often make the error of failing to hire legal representation during the claims process, assuming that their claim won’t be complicated, they’ll be offered what they deserve, or that an attorney is too expensive. The truth is, though, that working with a skilled attorney who has experience advocating for injured workers may greatly improve the outcome of your claim. What’s more, personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers work on a contingent-fee basis, which means that you’ll never have to pay out of pocket for services, and won’t owe your attorney anything if they don’t get you a settlement.
At The Law Offices of Alan Hildreth King & Associates, our Massachusetts personal injury lawyers have experience representing construction workers who have been injured on the job. To learn more about your rights and how we can help you to recover the settlement you deserve, please call us directly at (781) 284-2900 or send us a message telling us more about how we can help you.