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January 28, 2015,

Boston Construction Accidents Can Lead to Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Cases, Wrongful Death Claims

It’s only January, and already there have been a number of construction accidents resulting in injuries in the United States. Just this week two workers were hurt after a wall used to create concrete walls inside a building fell. Also, in another accident, a 65-year-old construction worker died after a bundle of aluminum fell off a truck, striking him. Neil Hynick was transported to the hospital where he later died.

On Wednesday, another construction worker died and a second one was injured in an industrial accident. The men were demolishing a brick wall while standing on a scissor lift when the wall collapsed. This caused lift to drop. One of the workers, Fabian Garduno-Martinez, fell out of the lift, striking his head on the ground. He died from his injuries.

Massachusetts Worker Accidents

Please contact our Boston construction accident lawyers if you or someone you love was seriously injured in a work accident. We also have Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorneys that can help you with your work injury claim.

Unfortunately, working in the construction industry continues to be a dangerous business. In 2013, there were 796 construction worker deaths—at least 100 more than in the warehousing and transportation industries, which also have a high worker fatality rate.

Many construction accidents could and should have been prevented, if only the proper procedures were implemented and executed, safe conditions were enforced, unnecessary hazards were removed from the construction site, workers were properly trained, and adequate supervision was put in place.

General construction laborers are at highest risk for injury or death in a construction accident than other site workers. Fall accidents, getting hit by an object, getting caught in between objects and structures, and electrocution are among the most common causes of Massachusetts construction accidents. Serious work injuries may include severe burns, spinal cord injuries, quadriplegia, paraplegia, disfigurement, internal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, limb loss, and death.

If you are someone who was hurt in an accident at a construction site you should get medical help right away. Have someone take photographs of the accident scene in case you need evidence to prove your claim. Gather information from witnesses. Notify your employer about the accident and your injuries. Contact a Boston workers’ compensation attorney immediately.

Although you cannot sue your employer, there may be third parties involved with the construction site and project that can and should be held liable. An injured worker may be able to file a Massachusetts construction accident lawsuit. Loved ones who have lost a family member in a construction accident may be able to pursue a Boston wrongful death case and pursue damages for loss of companionship, loss of love, and loss of emotional support. Family members may also be entitled to death benefits from the employer.

Construction Worker Killed in Industrial Accident, Another Injured, NewsWest, January 28, 2015

Wisconsin man killed in construction accident, WFSB, January 29, 2015

Workers Injured in Downtown Miami Construction Accident, NBC Miami, January 28, 2015


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Plymouth, MA Woman Injured In Big Rig Truck Accident Involving Detached Trailer, Boston Car Accident Lawyer Blog, January 23, 2015

January 23, 2015,

MA Contractors Exposed Workers to Fatal Falls During Renovation Project

Four contractors were exposed to potentially fatal falls of up to 40 feet at an Easthampton jobsite, due to a lack of protective measures/equipment, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found.

According to reports, OSHA inspectors had visited the Easthampton renovation worksite in July 2014 after receiving complaints about fall hazards there. OSHA determined that four contractors working on that jobsite had violated safety measures and found several fall hazards including no fall protection for employees working on the roof; unguarded floor holes; insufficient anchorage for fall protection; and employees untrained to recognize fall hazards. All four contractors were cited and fined $110, 670 by OSHA; the projects general contractor, James J. Welch & Co, Inc., of Salem, MA, was fined $93,170 for one willful, one repeat and three serious violations of workplace safety standards.

"Falls are the number one killer in construction work. When fall protection is absent or deficient, as it was here, employees may be only moments away from a deadly or disabling plunge that could kill them or end their careers," Mary Hoye, OSHA's area director in Springfield, said in a statement.

She continued saying, "the sizable penalties reflect not only the danger of the fall hazards involved, but also the employer's knowledge of the hazards and its deliberate failure to safeguard its employees.”

Continue reading "MA Contractors Exposed Workers to Fatal Falls During Renovation Project " »

January 22, 2015,

Jury Awards $7.7M Mesothelioma Verdict to School Bus Driver’s Widow

The widow of a man who was exposed to asbestos while working as a school bus driver for nearly four decades has been awarded a $7.7 million mesothelioma verdict. The driver, Lewis Nash, became exposed to the fibrous materials during the time he spent in the bus garage where vehicle maintenance was performed. The asbestos came from the clutches, brakes, and gaskets of the buses. Nash died from mesothelioma at the age of 81 in 2012.

The jury found Navistar, now called International Harvester, liable for Nash developing this serious form of cancer. The company manufactured the school buses.

Because it can take years for symptoms of mesothelioma to surface, there can be a very long latency period for the person affected. This is why Nash wasn’t diagnosed until almost twenty years after he retired.

The $7.7 million verdict includes $6 million for Nash’s physical and emotional pain and suffering and $7.5 million to his wife for his wrongful death, plus another $200,000 for loss of companionship.

If you or someone you loved developed mesothelioma from working on the job, you or your family member is likely entitled to Massachusetts workers’ compensation benefits from the employer. There also may be grounds for a Massachusetts mesothelioma lawsuit against other liable parties.

Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a serious type of cancer that can be caused by exposure to asbestos. Symptoms may not appear for decades after exposure to these naturally forming, heat resistant fibers.

Asbestos fibers are used in many industries. They are used to strengthen cement, for insulation, and in fireproofing. According to Nolo.com, asbestos is commonly found in the automotive and shipbuilding industries and in other kinds of workplaces, including those involving construction, paper mills, auto repair, cooling and heating equipment repair, roofing, and janitorial jobs. Asbestos has also been linked to lung cancer, asbestosis, permanent lung damage, breathing problems, gastrointestinal cancer, colorectal cancer, and abnormalities in the chest cavity.

Secondhand exposure to asbestos may also lead to mesothelioma and other health issues. For example, the family members of workers can develop this type of cancer if they were exposed to asbestos fibers that were left on their loved ones’ clothing.

Family of deceased F-M bus driver wins $7.7 million in largest local asbestos verdict ever, Syracuse.com, December 23, 2014

Mesothelioma, Mayo Clinic


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January 15, 2015,

Liberty Research Institute Names Overexertion, Fall Accidents As Leading Causes of Work Injuries in 2012

According to Liberty Research Institute for Safety’s 2014 Workplace Safety Index, the five leading causes of work injuries in 2012 were behind approximately 65% of all workers’ compensation expenses. The research examined claims data for injuries that lasted at least six days. The rankings given for the injuries were determined by total compensation costs.

Here are the top five causes of injuries on the job that year:

Overexertion: This may have involved the acts of pushing, lifting, pulling, carrying, holding, or throwing.
Falls on the same level: Slip and fall accidents, especially on snow and ice, were a common one.
Getting hit by equipment or an object
Falls from an elevated height
Other forms of exertions or physical reactions

Other leading causes of work injuries included roadway accidents, slip or trip accidents with no fall involved, getting stuck in or compressed by an object or vehicle, repetitive motion injuries, or getting struck against equipment or an object.

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatalities at road construction sites and in work zones were a common cause of concern in 2013. Pedestrian workers killed by motor vehicles was one segment of workers killed in roadway accidents.

On a positive note, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that the number of U.S. worker deaths have gone down, with just 12 fatalities occurring daily in 2012 compared to around 38 deaths a day in 1970. OSHA says that occupational illness and injury rates have also declined, even as the number of people with jobs in this country has almost doubled.

Massachusetts Workers' Compensation
If you were injured in a work accident you should contact an experienced Massachusetts workers’ compensation law firm right away. You want to make sure that you get all of the work injury benefits that you are owed in a timely manner. Often, a worker may try to get their injuries taken care of through their own insurance without knowing that they have other options and certain rights. An experienced Boston workers’ compensation attorney can protect your rights and advocate on your behalf especially when there is a dispute over benefits owed.

Go to this page to download the Liberty Research Institute for Safety’s 2014 Workplace Safety Index

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupational Safety and Health Administration


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Tougher OSHA Reporting Rules for On-the-Job Injuries Are Now in Place
, Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog, January 9, 2015

January 9, 2015,

Tougher OSHA Reporting Rules for On-the-Job Injuries Are Now in Place

Under Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s rules, private-sector employers must fulfill tougher reporting requirements for injuries on the job. Now, employers have to report all work-related deaths within eight hours and give notification of any eye losses, amputations, and inpatient hospitalizations within 24 hours of discovery.

The new requirements went into effect on January 1. Employers can report an incident either by calling the closest OSHA area office, contacting the OSHA hotline, or submitting a report online.

Previous to that, employees had to notify the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration of all workplace deaths or when at least three workers injured in the same incident were hospitalized.

According to OSHA’s Dr. David Michaels, who is the assistant secretary of labor, the reporting requirements were created to help save lives. Hopefully, workers and employers will become more able to more easily identify serious hazards on the job. Even employers in specific low-harm industries who are partly exempt from routinely maintaining OSHA illness and injury records must now abide by the tougher reporting requirements.

In 2013, 4,404 U.S. workers were killed while doing their job.

Massachusetts Workers' Compensation
If you are a worker that was seriously injured on the job you should file your Massachusetts workers’ compensation claim right away. You should also speak with a Boston work injury lawyer who can make sure that you are getting all of the benefits that you are owed for your injuries. Loved ones who have lost a family member in a work accident or because of a work-related disease may be entitled to death benefits.

Unfortunately, disputes may arise between an injured worker and an employer over whether or not benefits are owed. That’s just one of the reasons you want to make sure you have an experienced legal representative looking out for you. If other parties that were not your employer were involved, you may be able to file a third-party Massachusetts personal injury claim for damages.

Depending on the severity of your work injury, you may not be able to return to your job for a while, if ever again. Obtaining the benefits and compensation you are owed could help offset some of the costs and losses. Your recovery and well-being is important during this challenging time.

Contact Altman & Altman, LLP today.

OSHA announces new requirements for reporting severe injuries
and updates list of industries exempt from record-keeping requirements
, OSHA, September 11, 2014

Stricter OSHA reporting rules set to take effect, Providence Journal, January 3, 2015


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December 27, 2014,

Domestic Workers in Massachusetts Soon to Get Employment and Labor Protections

Starting April 1, 2015, the state of Massachusetts will extend employment protections to domestic workers under the "Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights.” The law will clarify that these workers are also protected under the workers’ compensation and unemployment statutes.

The legislation has to be followed by any entity or person that employs a domestic worker in a Massachusetts household—it doesn’t matter if the worker “lives in.” “Domestic worker” may apply to housekeepers, nannies, house managers, house cleaners, and those who do laundry, cook, or act as home companions or caretakers. Registered or licensed staff working with a placement or employment agency and casual babysitters are not covered, nor are individuals who work with seniors or the disabled under the state’s personal attendant program.

Among the new rights given to domestic workers under the bill: protection from unlawful harassment, guaranteed leaves of absence for adoption or childbirth under the state’s Maternity Leave Act, and protections from retaliation for complaining about work hours or wages. Rights have also been issued to domestic worker as they pertain to receiving notice about said rights, what consists of working time, guaranteed time off after working a full work week, the right to privacy, protection from excessive wage deductions for the costs of lodging, beverage, or food, as well as the right to request and dispute written evaluations. Domestic workers that are terminated from an employer’s household without cause have a right to written notice and receive at least 30 days of lodging or two weeks pay.

Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation
If you are a worker who was injured on the job, you may be entitled to work injury benefits. Filing for and receiving Massachusetts workers’ compensation can help cover medical costs, disability, and wages you would lose otherwise should you need time off work. In some cases, a worker may sustain injuries serious enough that going back to work becomes impossible. Families of someone who dies in a work accident or from a disease or illness acquired on the job may be entitled to work injury benefits.

NEW RIGHTS UNDER THE MASSACHUSETTS DOMESTIC WORKERS’ BILL OF RIGHTS, National Domestic Workers Alliance


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December 18, 2014,

Massachusetts Truck Drivers Are at Risk of Serious Injuries on the Job

Massachusetts truckers are subject to serious injuries when doing their job and not just when they are involved in a truck crash. That said, although truck drivers are often portrayed as safer than most people when involved in a collision—seated behind all that truck metal and at a more elevated height in their cab than other motorists in smaller vehicles—they they too can suffer catastrophic injuries and die.

If you or someone you love sustained such a serious injury, you should speak with a Boston workers’ compensation lawyer right away rather try settling with your employer or their insurer on your own.

While truck drivers cannot sue their employer for Massachusetts personal injury, depending on what exactly happened and who else was involved, a trucker may be able to pursue civil damages from third parties, such as the negligent other driver, the company that hired the trucker, and others.

Examples of Common Truck Injuries:
• Spinal cord injury from involvement in a truck accident or at a worksite accident. SCIs can lead to paralysis, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and other health issues. Even if a trucker fully recovers, he/she may not be emotionally fit to go back to spending long hours driving on the road.

• Musculoskeletal disorders can occur when loading or unloading cargo from the truck and from the related heavy lifting. Such injuries may make it hard for a truck driver to drive a large vehicle, especially for extended periods of time.

• Injuries from fall accidents at elevated heights, including falls from the truck’s cab. Slip and fall accidents may also happen.

• Motor vehicle-related injuries. Most truck driver injuries occurred in traffic crashes. Spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, organ damage, paralysis, and death may result.

• Injuries from getting hit by an object. This can happen when a worker is lifting objects, attaching trailers, or opening containers.

• Back pain and neck injuries from hours of driving, lifting heavy objects, and dealing with the constant vibration of a moving truck.

• Repetitive strain injuries from lowering the landing gear, pulling the fifth wheel pin, and lowering and lifting the truck hood.

• Lower extremity injuries from accidents on the job, as well as from sitting for so long or frequent use of the gas pedal.

Truck drivers who end up with lasting injuries or disabilities may find that they are at a loss of income with no other means of making a living. Chronic pain can make it hard to enjoy a normal quality of life. Ensuring that you get all of the Massachusetts workers’ compensation benefits you are owed can help.

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Fall River Construction Worker Dies While Working On Natural Gas Lines in Road Project, Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog, December 12, 2014

Consolidation of Xarelto Injury Lawsuits Gets Opposition from Bayer, Johnson & Johnson
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December 12, 2014,

Fall River Construction Worker Dies While Working On Natural Gas Lines in Road Project

A Fall River worker was recently killed when he was struck by a piece of construction equipment in the head. The “fusing machine” swung toward 45-year-old Paulo Matos, fatally injuring him after workers lost control of the device. At the time, the construction worker was working on natural gas lines in a road project.

Matos worked for AGI Construction, a contracting company. The state's Department of Transportation and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the work accident.

Please contact our Massachusetts worker’s compensation lawyers today if you or your loved one were seriously injured in an accident on the job. You typically cannot sue your employer but you should be entitled to work injury benefits. Also, other parties who were involved in the job but are not your employer could potentially be held liable if their negligence contributed to the construction accident injury or death.

For example, recently, the parents of Drew Kimberl sued a construction company for $10 million, seeking wrongful death damages. The 18-year-old and three other workers were unbolting 588-pound panels while disassembling a temporary bridge earlier this year when the panels dropped on Kimberl, crushing him.

The Kimberls name GLF Construction Corp. and the Florida Department of Transportation in their wrongful death lawsuit. They claim that the two entities failed to keep a proper work site and did not tell workers about the dangers involved in the job.

They contend that Kimberl was hired the year before his death even though he had no previous construction experience. The Kimberls say their son never had to attend a safety meeting.

Massachusetts Workers' Compensation

Construction sites can be a dangerous place of work. It is the responsibility of those in charge of the project and workers to maintain a safe environment. Even if a worker played a part in causing his/her work injury/death, this would not exempt him from his right to receive Massachusetts workers’ compensation damages.

Police ID construction worker killed in Warwick, WPRI, November 13, 2014

Swinging equipment blamed in death of construction worker, Warwick Beacon, November 13, 2014

Family files $10M suit in construction death
, Tallahassee Democrat, December 12, 2014

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December 4, 2014,

Worker Killed in Peabody, MA Industrial Accident

A male worker was killed after he was struck by a front-end loader in a Massachusetts industrial accident at Allied Waste Services in Peabody last month. According to police, the worker was clearing a drain when the incident happened. Joshua Black, 26, was from Wilmington.

First responders say that he was not breathing by the time they arrived. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the Peabody work accident.

In another recent Massachusetts industrial accident, also last month, co-workers found a 33-year-old worker injured on a conveyor belt in the Cargill Salt Company in Westfield. The belt is used to service a salt pile.

OSHA and authorities are also investigating the Westfield work accident.

Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation
If you are the dependent or spouse of a worker who sustained fatal injuries on the job, you could be entitled to Massachusetts workers’ compensation for death benefits, including burial costs and weekly benefits the equivalent of two-thirds of the deceased’s average weekly wage up to a certain amount. You may, however, want to hire an experienced Boston workers’ compensation law firm to make sure you receive all of the benefits to which you and your family are entitled.

In Massachusetts, employees or their families cannot sue an employer for personal injury over a work accident. They are, however, typically entitled to work injury benefits regardless of who was at fault. Depending on the specifics and causes of an industrial accident, there may be other parties that can and should be held liable for Massachusetts personal injury or wrongful death.

Industrial Accidents
Unfortunately, thousands of workers sustain serious and fatal injuries in industrial accidents every year in the U.S. In addition to work accidents involving equipment and machinery, there is also the risk of exposure to dangerous and hazardous substances, as well as potentially unsafe working conditions—especially if the proper safety procedures were not followed. Industrial accidents may involve fires, explosions, drilling accidents, gas exposures, fatal falls, electrocution, construction accidents, scaffolding accidents, crane accidents, and other injury incidents.

Contact our Boston industrial accident attorneys today at Altman & Altman, LLP today.

Employee of Westfield road salt facility dies in accident involving conveyor belt, DailyJournal/AP, November 20, 2014

Man killed at Allied Waste Services in Peabody ID'd as Joshua Black of Wilmington, The Salem News, November 28, 2014


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November 30, 2014,

How Cold Is Too Cold? Tips for Protecting Workers During the Winter Months

With the winter upon us, workers and their employers should begin considering the risks and hazards of working is a cold environment. Those workers who regularly work outdoors for extended periods of time, such as snow cleanup crews, sanitation workers, police officers and emergency response and recovery personnel, are at a nominal risk for experiencing cold stress.

Compiled from the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s website, we’d like to share some FAQ’s, tips and information to prevent cold stress during this imminent winter weather.

How cold is too cold?

Extreme cold and its effects ultimately vary across different areas of the country; in regions that are not used to winter weather, near freezing temperatures are considered "extreme cold." When the temperatures dip too low, the body is forced to work harder to maintain its temperature. Additionally, colder-than-normal temperatures can cause body heat to leave the body more rapidly. Wind chill is the temperature your body feels when air temperature and wind speed are combined. For example, when the air temperature is 40°F, and the wind speed is 35 mph, the effect on the exposed skin is as if the air temperature was 28°F.

Cold stress occurs by driving down the skin temperature and eventually the internal body temperature (core temperature). This drastic change can easily lead to serious health problems including serious tissue damage and even death.

What are the risk factors that contribute to cold stress?

Some of the risk factors that contribute to cold stress are: wetness or dampness, dressing improperly, and exhaustion. Additionally predisposing health conditions such as hypertension, hypothyroidism, diabetes and poor physical conditioning increase a person’s risk for cold stress.

Continue reading "How Cold Is Too Cold? Tips for Protecting Workers During the Winter Months" »

November 30, 2014,

Billerica Freight Shipping Terminal
Fined by OSHA for Exposing Workers to Hazardous Conditions

Employees at the Central Transport LLC freight-shipping terminal in Billerica were exposed to numerous hazardous conditions including potential electrocution, falls, crushing and other injuries. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the workers’ employer knowingly and repeatedly disregarded basic worker safeguards to prevent such injuries from occurring; the company now face $330,800 in fines for those hazards.

According to a press release published by OSHA last week, OSHA’s acting deputy regional administrator for New England Jeffrey A. Erskine said, "several hazards were brought to management's attention, but the company took no corrective action, while other conditions were strikingly similar to violations for which Central Transport was previously cited at its locations in Illinois and Mississippi. The cited conditions put employees at risk of deadly or disabling injuries."

An inspection revealed that the company’s building leaked water on to the work floor where electrical cabinets and forklift battery chargers were located; employees were forced to stand in water while plugging in the battery chargers and drove forklifts on slippery surfaces. These conditions ultimately exposed individuals to possible electrocution, as well as forklift tip-overs and slipping hazards.

Additionally, OSHA investigators found that workers were exposed to fall hazards from the loading dock entrance ramp, which was lacking required safety guardrails. Finally, inspectors found workers faced potential crushing or struck-by injuries from defective forklifts that were not removed from service. OSHA alleged that the company had ample knowledge of all of these hazards and did not address any of the conditions. Thus, OSHA fined Central Transport for 4 willful violations, which carry $242,000 in fines, as well as two repeat violations totaling $44,000 in fines (for unstable and insecure stacking of materials and failure to inform employees of the dangers associated with hazardous chemicals) and 8 serious violations carrying $44,800 in fines (for inadequately evaluating workers’ abilities to operate forklifts; unattended forklifts; lack of fire extinguishers; and tripping and electrical hazards).

Continue reading "Billerica Freight Shipping Terminal
Fined by OSHA for Exposing Workers to Hazardous Conditions " »

November 26, 2014,

Boston Porch Collapse Injures One Worker, Kills Another In Jamaica Plain Construction Accident

A construction worker was killed and another seriously injured when they fell from a porch that was under construction in Jamaica Plain. At the time of the Boston construction accident the workers were building rear porches.

Bill McCarthy, who is the worker that survived with injuries, said he is not sure why the porch collapsed. He fell from the top deck to the deck on the second floor. Construction worker Steve Lathrop, who fell to 30 feet to the ground, sustained fatal injuries.

Boston police are investigating the accident. According to the Boston Herald, a day before the tragic accident, the building permit for the job was pulled.

The Inspectional Services Department will issue violations to the contractor for what they are describing was illegal porch reconstruction and lack of a proper permit. A building permit, however, was approved Monday to replace worn out deck and porch parts to bring them up to code.

Unfortunately, construction falls continue to be a leading cause of fatalities in the industry. Common construction falls include:

• Falls from elevated heights, including rooftops, balconies, and porches
• Falls through holes and skylights
• Scaffolding falls
• Crane accident falls
• Step ladder falls
• Falls from moving machinery
• Slip and fall accidents


Boston Workers’ Compensation
While construction workers typically are not allowed to sue their employer for injuries on the job, they should be able to file a Massachusetts workers’ compensation claim for injury benefits. You also will need to have your medical and rehabilitation costs covered by your employer's insurer. If you lost a loved one in a Boston construction accident, Massachusetts workers’ compensation could entitle you to death benefits.

Work injury benefits usually include coverage of your related medical expenses, 60% of your average income (or more if you sustained disability), disability payments, vocational retraining if you cannot go back to your original job, and compensation for loss of function, scars, or disfigurement. Unfortunately, employers and insurers may try to counter your claim to prevent you from getting paid.

A Boston workers’ compensation accident lawyer can protect your rights while making sure that you receive all of the benefits you are owed. Also, there may be other parties that you should sue for the injuries you or your family member sustained in a Massachusetts construction accident. Contact Altman & Altman LLP today.

City: Contractor failed to pull permit on fatal job, Boston Herald, November 26, 2014

City: Contractor failed to pull permit on fatal job, Boston.com, November 26, 2014

Workers' Compensation
, Mass.gov


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