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Was contractor assaulted or hurt on the job? Questions remain

Police in Manchester are said to be continuing to investigate an incident that left a construction worker bloody and in need of hospitalization. Initially it was thought that the man had been assaulted by another construction worker, but officials now say it appears to have been an accident.

The change of story raises questions, not the least of which is whether the worker may have been injured on the job. If he was, then he may be due workers' compensation. But the uncertainty over exactly what happened could result in any claim being stalled by the insurance provider. It is always advisable to seek the help of an experienced attorney where there is lack of clarity.

Police in this case say the events that prompted them to be called happened Thursday morning. It happened at the address of an apartment building where it appears some sort of reconstruction was underway.

When officers arrived, they cordoned off an area that included an alley way that runs between the apparent worksite and a neighboring building. A picture of the scene, though, shows blood-stained snow and plywood at the front of the building, outside the cordon.

At the time of this posting, detectives are said to be on the case. Officials have not released any other information. Even the names and ages of the injured person and the other construction worker involved are being withheld.

A spokesman for the police says that, despite reports that there had been an apparent fight, it now seems to have been an accident of some kind. The official says it's too soon to say what happened.

Source: New Hampshire Union Leader, "Police say construction worker's injuries were from accident, not assault," March 20, 2014

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