Catwalk collapse in Boston injures workers

On Behalf of | May 14, 2022 | Firm News

When someone experiences a severe injury, their first thought is probably not about how they intend to pay for procedures or whether the injury resulted from negligence. Those are questions that follow.

According to reports from WBUR, those questions still stand after authorities rescued a worker from a collapsed building.

Old buildings for redevelopment

Federal and city inspection services are currently investigating an incident where three workers experienced injuries after the collapse of a catwalk in a building that was over 100 years old. Owners of the property had permits—that the investigation suspended—to redevelop the area to facilitate housing, other businesses and a hotel.

Injuries from the catwalk

Authorities took two workers to the hospital for treatment after the collapse but the other worker remained pinned by his legs for more than three hours. It took firefighters, medical services and an on-site surgeon to treat him before freeing him.

It is unknown what the workers were accomplishing on-site. The report does not detail the worker’s injuries after the fact nor whether he remains in the hospital.

Compensation for pain and suffering

This case raises many questions regarding who is at fault. Is it the workers’ company for having them on-site at all? Is this a workers’ compensation or a premises liability case?

Trauma, both physical and emotional, affect all employees deeply and uniquely. In those cases, it is vital to take stock of the situation, the investigations and the options for recovering from a personal injury—whether it results from a structural collapse on a construction site or simply doing a job in an aging building.

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