Fatalities Caused by Construction Accidents
Wrongful Death Lawyers Providing Counsel to Grieving Families in the Boston Area
If you have lost a loved one as a result of a fatal construction accident, you and your family are experiencing pain, stress, and grief. While there is no amount of money that can truly compensate you for the loss that you have endured, a wrongful death lawsuit can help you recover compensation for the financial costs associated with a fatality caused by a construction accident. The Boston wrongful death lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck have handled wrongful death claims on behalf of many Massachusetts families, and we are standing by to help you understand your legal rights during this difficult time. There are many legal issues that we may need to address, such as determining which companies and individuals are liable for your loved one’s loss. You should not let your right to compensation lapse; contact us today to begin exploring your options.
Fatalities Caused by Construction Accidents
When it comes to dangerous occupations, the construction industry has one of the highest rates of injury-causing accidents and fatalities. This is largely due to the dangerous tasks that construction workers must perform, in addition to the hidden dangers that lurk around many construction sites. There are many reasons why a construction accident may take place. There could be negligence on the part of the company responsible for setting up the construction site, or a fellow construction worker could fail to follow appropriate safety procedures and protocols when handling a large piece of equipment like a crane. In other instances, a fatal construction accident may result from exposure to dangerous chemicals. This could happen with a single exposure, or the victim may develop a condition from a long-term exposure at a low dosage. Other common causes of fatalities on job sites include gas explosions and electrocution accidents.
In another example, some construction fatalities happen as a result of a job site supervisor’s failure to provide appropriate training regarding the use of certain tools or chemicals, or a failure to provide proper safety gear. Unfortunately, many construction accidents happen in a fast-paced environment, and it can be difficult to determine the exact cause of your loved one’s death. Having an experienced wrongful death lawyer on your side can make a critical difference when it comes to securing the compensation that you need.
Seeking Justice Through a Wrongful Death Claim
If you lost a loved one to a fatality caused by a construction accident, our attorneys can bring a wrongful death action against the parties that are responsible for the death. The personal representative of the decedent’s estate is the party who can bring the lawsuit on behalf of the decedent’s estate. In the lawsuit, we will need to show that the defendant acted negligently in maintaining or overseeing the construction site, or that the individual who caused the accident did not use adequate care and skill when the accident happened. This often requires a substantial investigation and the engagement of expert witnesses..
When it comes to damages, the estate is entitled to recover various items of compensation, including reimbursement for conscious pain and suffering and funeral expenses. The victim’s surviving loved ones can seek compensation for the loss of their loved one’s consortium and their loss of expected earnings. Massachusetts also allows the estate to seek punitive damages in wrongful death cases when the defendant’s conduct was particularly egregious, willful, or reckless.
Discuss Your Case with a Knowledgeable Construction Accident Lawyer in Boston
At Breakstone, White & Gluck, we pride ourselves on providing diligent and personalized legal counsel to each of our clients. We work meticulously to ensure that your rights are asserted to the fullest possible extent and that you have the support that you require during the difficult time following a death resulting from an explosion, electrocution, scaffold collapse, or other accident. Representing clients in Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Plymouth, Worcester, Lawrence, and Springfield, among other cities, we offer a free consultation to help you learn more about the legal process and how we can assist you. We have obtained several seven-figure settlements and verdicts for clients in these cases, including this construction fall case, this amputation case, and this crane accident case that resulted in a wrongful death. Call us now at 1-800-379-1244 or contact us online.