One Worker Killed, Two Others Injured in Cambridge Construction Accident

Workplace injuries are not only physically painful; they can also be extremely stressful to deal with. If you have sustained an injury at the workplace, you could be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits. These claims are complicated, which is why it is vital to have a skilled Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorney on your side. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we are devoted to resolving your claims in an effective and efficient manner.

A worker was killed and two others were injured in a construction accident in Cambridge last month. An initial investigation indicates that a crew was working on a lower floor of a building at an MIT construction site on Vassar Street when material collapsed overhead. Three employees were taken to a local hospital, where one of them, a 41-year-old male, was later pronounced dead. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death, which does not appear to be suspicious. According to law enforcement, the other two employees suffered injuries that are not thought to be life threatening. The case remains under investigation.

Employees who are hurt or suffer work-related illness during the course of employment may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in Massachusetts. For the injury or illness to be covered, it must have taken place within the course and scope of employment. The benefits an injured worker can obtain under Massachusetts workers’ compensation laws range from full coverage for all medical costs pertaining to the worker’s injuries to part of the worker’s lost wages to financial assistance for disability benefits. The exact benefits an injured worker will be entitled to will depend on the specifics of the case.

In cases where a worker has been killed on the job, certain surviving family members may be entitled to death benefits, such as burial expenses and a portion of the worker’s weekly wages. The following family members are presumed to be dependents entitled to death benefits:

  • A spouse residing with a worker at the time of death;
  • A child under 18 years of age, or if enrolled in school full time, under the age of 24;
  • A child of any age who is psychically or mentally incapacitated; and
  • A parent, if the worker who died was under the age of 18 and resided with his or her parents at the time of death.

It is important to note that other members of the decedent’s family or next of kin who were wholly or partly dependent on the worker’s wages may also qualify for death benefits.

Workplace injuries can lead to serious, even fatal harm. If you have been injured on-the-job, we can help. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our seasoned Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to getting you the benefits and compensation you fairly deserve for your harm. For years, we have been committed to representing injured workers across the state of Massachusetts. For a free and confidential consultation about your case, please do not hesitate to call us today at 1-800-262-9200. Alternatively, you can also contact us through our website.