As the economy has been steadily recovering from the 2008 great recession, large-scale construction and industrial projects have been on the rise. According to the Federal Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there has been a steady increase of construction work in American since 2012. While this means more construction jobs and more construction sites, it also increases the risk of injury to workers as there are currently more active construction workers than there have been in nearly a decade. If a work site is not properly supervised and secured, death and serious injury to workers and others can occur.
When a worker is injured on the job site, the employer may be held financially accountable for the injuries and expenses that result from that injury. One such worker is a local Massachusetts man who was injured back in April of 2012 while on a carpentry job. Workers were demolishing parts of the interior of a building and the carpenter was standing next to a wall as it was struck by a sledgehammer on the other side. The force of the hammer injured the man’s knee, tearing several tendons.
The carpenter had to undergo surgery and developed RSD: chronic pain that can develop after an injury. In addition to his pain, suffering and medical expenses, the carpenter is now only able to perform sedentary work, which greatly hampers his ability to earn a living as a carpenter. In order to recover for his injuries and future lost income, the man filed a personal injury lawsuit against his employer, with the aid of his attorney, Goncalo Rego. The man’s employer agreed to pay him $310,000 in personal injury damages in exchange for him dropping the lawsuit.
If you or a family member have been injured while working, you may be entitled to money damages for your physical injuries, medical expenses and lost wages. Contact one of our Massachusetts worker’s compensation attorney specialists today at (617) 787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free and confidential consultation. Time may be a factor, so please do not hesitate to call today!