Construction sites pose many dangers to workers and bystanders alike. Construction workers are subjected to a high level of risk on the job, as they are often involved in potentially dangerous tasks such as lifting heavy objects, operating large machinery, and performing job duties at elevated heights. Still, proper protocol and safety practices can significantly decrease the risk of injury. When someone causes a preventable construction accident through negligence, he or she may be liable for the victim’s injuries.
Liability in Construction Accident Cases
When a construction accident causes harm to an employee, workers’ compensation laws will generally apply. There are, however, cases in which the worker can also obtain economic recovery from other parties who may be deemed liable, such as companies that manufacture defective construction equipment.
When a bystander suffers injury as the result of a construction accident, he or she may also be eligible to recover damages by filing a personal injury claim.
Whether you’re a construction worker or merely a bystander who has suffered injury as the result of a construction accident, you may be entitled to economic recovery for your losses. Our attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and determine the right course of action for you.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
There are perhaps innumerable ways in which a person can suffer injury on a construction site. Some of the most common causes of construction accident injuries and fatalities include falls, electrocution, and improperly braced trenches.
When attempting to determine liability for injuries sustained in a construction accident, it helps to understand each party’s responsibilities at the site. When a construction accident occurs, any of the following parties may bear total or partial responsibility:
- Site Owners
- General and Sub-Contractors
- Architects and Engineers
- Manufacturers of Construction Machinery or Equipment
- OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) compliance officer
Know Your Rights after a Construction Accident
If you have suffered an injury as the result of a construction accident, you are responsible for proving your case against the liable party(s). It is always wise to seek competent legal counsel after a construction accident to ensure that your rights are protected. Contact our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.