The construction accident occurred Tuesday, November 12th around 3:30PM at the intersection of Route 39 and Old Heritage Road. Work had been taking place at the site for about a month as a new sewer system is being installed.
It was reported that the project supervisor as well as another individual were standing on the edge of a pit at the site when the excavator being used swung around and impacted them with its bucket.
Harwich fire Captain Joseph Mayo indicated that both victims were taken to Cape Cod Hospital with grave injuries, though they are not believed to be life-threatening. Harwich PD and OSHA officials from the state division are currently investigating.
An experienced construction injury attorney Kim Dougherty has devoted his career to represent the victims of construction accidents who can't fight for themselves. She offered the following information for anyone who may have been victim to an injury while on a worksite:
"It's really not something that we hear about often, but our country has reached the level of industrial powerhouse thanks in large part to the bold men and women who toil on construction sites from coasts to coast, day-in and day-out.
These brave construction workers face hazards every single day of work, and every single time they step onto a construction site. Nevertheless, they continue to do it, because they understand that it's a job that has to be done.
So what happens when these construction employees become victims of their profession? As with any other employee in the US, they have the right to file a worker's compensation claim and receive a monetary award that covers their medical costs completely along with other damages resulting from the incident such as lost income.
Unfortunately, the weight falls on insurance companies to pay for these costs. As you can imagine, insurance providers don't stay in business by gladly paying out claims. So they go out and hire expert adjusters who will find ways of denying victim's claims or reducing the dollar amount paid.
An experienced construction injury attorney will be able to combat the insurance company's tactics, fighting for every cent that victims and their families deserve. A construction injury lawyer will also be able to determine if a lawsuit can be filed in conjunction with the claim, allowing victims to attain a larger compensation that will ease the stress and financial burden that a workplace injury can bring."