Construction sites are very hazardous work environments. They often involve working with heavy machinery, dangerous tools and on high structures. To mitigate the risks of doing construction work, oversight agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) require that construction companies take certain necessary and appropriate precautions for worker safety and properly train their employees. However, despite all the safety measures taken, injuries can still occur due to an employer’s or third party’s negligence or recklessness. If such an event occurs, it may be crucial for the injured party to consult with an expert Massachusetts construction site accident attorney to know your legal rights.
In Los Angeles, California, the family of a construction worker killed while on the job received a $27 million jury verdict. 30-year-old Edgar Gonzalez was working on a wall structure when he fell 30 feet to his death. According to the victim’s family, the construction supply company, Atlas Construction Supply, did not provide the plans and specifications necessary to adequately secure the wall’s form structure to which the victim was connected.
In total, the jury awarded the family $27 million in damages. The jury assessed Atlas’s fault in the accident to be 55%, while the victim’s employer, USS Cal Builders, was left with the remainder of the liability. The victim’s family also sued the project’s crane operator company in a separate lawsuit and won an out-of-court settlement in the amount of $650,000.
If you or a family member have been injured while working at a construction site, you may be entitled to substantial money damages for your physical injuries, medical expenses and lost wages. Contact one of our expert Massachusetts construction site attorneys today at (617) 787-3700 or email us at email@example.com for a free and confidential consultation. Time may be a factor, so please do not hesitate to call today!