Determining Liability in Construction Accidents
Determining liability in construction accidents usually depends on a number of factors. Large scale construction projects tend to involve a variety of individuals such as the site's landowner, contractors, material suppliers, and engineers. Smaller scale projects, on the other hand, may only involve a small group of people. Therefore, liability may ultimately depend on the size and complexity of the project.
When attempting to determine the liability for injuries sustained in a construction accident, it helps to understand each party's responsibilities at the site. In the case that a construction accident occurs, any of the following parties may bear total or partial responsibility:
Architects and Engineers
Construction Site Owner
General and Sub-Contractors
Manufacturers of Machinery or Equipment
The person in charge of ensuring that OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) regulations are complied with may also be held liable.
When an innocent bystander suffers injury as the result of a construction accident, he/she may also be eligible to recover damages by filing a personal injury claim. See our section on personal injury lawsuits to learn more about 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 eligible to receive compensation for your pain & suffering . A qualified attorney can help you understand your legal rights and determine the best course of action.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
There are plenty ways in which
a person can suffer injury at
a construction site.
are the most common, constituting
nearly two-thirds of all construction
accidents. Other common causes
falls, electrocution, and improperly
What To Do If You've Been Injured in a Construction Accident
Seek medical attention for your injuries.
Report your injury to your employer or the construction site manager immediately.
Obtain the contact information of any witnesses who may have been present.
Try to preserve as much evidence as possible. This may include taking photos of your injuries, the site where the injury occurred, and saving any tools or equipment that may have been involved.
Keep a copy of all important documents including correspondence with doctors, attorneys, and insurance adjusters.
Do not negotiate with any liable without first consulting an experienced attorney.