Workplace accidents, which are known as “workers’ compensation” cases, are different from most accidents in that you are entitled to certain benefits even if your employer was not negligent and even if the injury happened to be your own fault. Under Massachusetts law, however, the tradeoff is that benefits are limited. For example, you cannot sue your employer for pain and suffering.
Attorney Robert W. Shute has experience working with clients in Northampton, Massachusetts and all of the surrounding towns and cities in Western Massachusetts. It is essential to have a skilled attorney in your corner. Be sure to call the Injury Law Office of Robert W. Shute if you have any questions about the workers compensation process so that Attorney Shute can go over your circumstances in detail. With over 25 years of experience as a personal injury lawyer Atty Shute I has successfully handled numerous workers compensation cases. Put Atty.Shute’s experience to work for you.
Workplace accident case dispute against your employer do not go to court. Rather, disputes are decided by Administrative Law Judges at the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents. In some circumstances, for example where you are in a car accident while performing your job duties, you may have a an injury claim for pain and suffering against the other driver and at the same time have a workers’ compensation case against your employer. The interplay between the two typed of cases should be managed by an experienced attorney looking out for your interests.
Construction sites are especially dangerous workplaces, with over half a million injuries a year and the most fatalities of any private work category. A variety of heavy machinery including earth-moving vehicles, cranes, large pallets of materials and parts all pose hazards to workers. When workers disability compensation is provided, it often covers only a small percentage of the total medical and wage losses. Contractors in specialty trades – carpenters, plumbers, electricians, masons, and roofers – are exposed to these workplace dangers, as are workers in civil engineering construction and residential building construction.
The types of workplace injuries resulting from accidents run the gamut from slight contusions (bruises) to lacerations, broken bones, concussions, back, neck, and spinal cord damage, paralysis, blindness, massive internal damage, disfigurement, loss of limbs, and of course even death.
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Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exists specifically to regulate workplace safety and penalize companies that violate the safety code, the administration’s resources are stretched very thin, to the extent that a worker cannot count on OSHA to provide safeguarding – even where violations have been reported. OSHA cannot inspect everywhere or everything.
Some of the ways businesses can protect workers from injury or accidents is by ensuring that surfaces are not overly slick (by cleaning up all spills and applying high traction finishes like slip-resistant treads), are free of holes or tripping hazards. Lighting should be sufficiently bright for all uses of an area. Companies can make sure that workers are trained in correct methods of lifting and maneuvering objects or packages, and make sure that mechanical lifters are in place to manage weights that are excessive for an average worker. They can of course ensure that all company vehicles are properly maintained and in tip-top condition. Companies can conduct periodic safety inspections of all equipment including ladders, lifters, and transports. They must make sure that all mechanical equipment operators are fully trained in the use of their machines.
Workers compensation cases can be very complex, especially when there is a companion case for monetary damages against a third party – such as the manufacturer of faulty equipment.
Attorney Robert W. Shute offers you a free consultation to discuss your case and address your questions and concerns. Attorney Shute wishes you a full recovery and welcomes your call: 413-592-0999 or 413-437-7788 days, evenings and weekends.
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There are numerous causes for and types of workplace accidents and injuries:
- Overexertion injuries -excessive lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying, or throwing objects
- Falls, on the same level or onto a lower level such as off a ladder or off a piece of equipment
- Injuries from bending, climbing, slipping or tripping
- Being struck by an object such as a falling tool
- Repetitive motion – such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Being caught or compressed by equipment such as a forklift
- Highway accidents
- Burns, heat exhaustion, or frostbite
- Chemical spills
- On-site explosions
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