Becoming injured on the job in Essex County could mean days, weeks or months of lost income, medical expenses, and enduring pain and discomfort. In many cases, a workplace injury accident could have been avoided if the company had adhered to federal and state guidelines or if the security of a structure had been verified. An injury on the job can also be difficult for the family as they rearrange their schedules to provide the support and assistance that the injured worker needs.

A recent construction accident involving a fall from a scaffold sent a man in Quincy to the hospital. The accident happened when the worker came into contact with a power line but the details of exactly how the man was shocked are unclear. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be conducting an investigation into the incident but the site has not been closed down.

The man suffered a head injury after falling but the injury is not a life-threatening one. If the investigation uncovers an OSHA violation, the man may be able to use that information if he decides to seek compensation from his employer.

Filing for workers’ compensation or pursuing a civil lawsuit can be a complicated process with many legal actions and rules. If something is missing from an application for benefits, the claim could be rejected and this is not uncommon. Therefore, it may be beneficial for an injured worker to seek advice from a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. The attorney can help them navigate the legal maze and may be able to get them the compensation that they are entitled to.

Source: Patriot Ledger, “Worker injured on site of Quincy middle school project,” Patrick Ronan, Jun. 11, 2013

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