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In a serious personal injury accident, the victim may have two claims. The first claim would be for workers’ compensation and that comes about if the injured party was working at the time of the accident. If there is yet another entity who was negligent, then there is the possibility of a second claim.
Once again we’ll look at the concerns that a plaintiff may have as to whether the other side is altering and/or holding back certain documents or information that could be helpful to the plaintiff. When I say plaintiff, I mean the person who is pursuing his or her personal injury action. In the last blog we talked about ethical rules, rules that impose on the other side’s attorney, as well as your own, a duty of good faith in the pursuit or defense of a case.
Over the years, I’ve heard a legitimate question from my personal injury clients. Let me start off by assuring you as the would-be client that the other side and its lawyer has a duty to be ethical and candid. The highest court of Massachusetts, the Supreme Judicial Court, has established and promulgated ethical rules. They are contained in Supreme Judicial Court Ethical Rule 3.07. Specifically, let’s look at two.
In a recent blog I talked about ways to prove your construction site accident case and I ended with a discussion of OSHA. I said if they came and investigated, that would be a fertile ground of material for your lawyer. However, there are circumstances, in fact many, where even if a serious accident occurred, OSHA will not come to investigate. Recently, there are more stringent requirements on having OSHA investigate. Let’s assume that we are dealing with those times where there has been no investigation of the construction accident.
The major players at a construction site will have their own safety manuals or safety handbooks, or at least they should. Those important manuals/handbooks will be made available to their employees. Take the case of a general contractor. We know from prior blogs that a general contractor must designate a person with the responsibility of safety.
Proving fault for an accident on a construction site is not easy and handling a construction site accident in the right way is not easy. It requires a lot of work. I would like to review some of that work in this brief blog. As we draw to a conclusion of these construction site accident blogs, it is an appropriate time to provide a summary of the necessary work.
You have a serious construction accident case and the question is, as I have pondered in the past blogs, how do you go about establishing or proving liability on the part of the general contractor or another subcontractor? Again, the injuries can be varied and, unfortunately they are often severe. They can happen as a result of any number of reasons: unguarded stairway, unsecured plywood over a hole, or a fall from a roof.