Construction Accident:

Determining Fault

Determining fault in construction accidents can be a very complicated task. Larger construction projects typically require a greater degree of delegation and therefore involve a large number of individuals who could potentially be liable for a construction site accident. The degree to which any party is liable is generally determined by the amount of control they have over the site and the work being done.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction site accident, our construction injury lawyers can determine which parties can be held accountable for your suffering. To explain your case to a construction lawyer today, fill out our free case review form.

Third Party Defendants in Construction Lawsuits

Individuals involved with the construction site who may, depending on the circumstances of the accident, bear some degree of liability include:

  • The property owner
  • Architects and other design/engineering professionals
  • General contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Prime Contractors
  • Construction site managers
  • Manufacturers and suppliers of machinery, equipment, and materials
  • Insurers

With proper investigation, a construction accident attorney can determine if a third party, including those listed above, are at-fault for a construction accident. If so, the construction accident victim may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.

Responsibility for Construction Site Accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) establishes regulations governing the safety of employees in the workplace. On a construction site, the prime or general contractor must ensure these regulations are followed to help keep the construction site safe. Prime and general contractors are primarily responsible for the safety of employees because they typically monitor and coordinate construction projects and provide equipment that is shared among workers and sub-contractors.

When a prime contractor outsources work to a subcontractor, this individual also becomes responsible for the safety of the construction site. The subcontractor is also then required to ensure that their part of the construction project functions in accordance with OSHA regulations. However, the prime contractor is still partially responsible, so both parties may be held accountable in the event of a construction site accident. For example, if a prime contractor is building a shopping mall and hires a subcontractor to construct the food court, both parties are responsible for the safety of all those building the food court, regardless of who hired the workers.

Construction Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been injured on a construction site, our construction litigation lawyers will examine your case to determine the cause of your accident. Upon investigating your claim, we can determine whether a third party, such as a subcontractor, manufacturer or property owner, is at-fault for your construction site accident and therefore liable for any resulting damages. Our aggressive, yet understanding, approach to construction litigation helps us hold negligent parties accountable, while ensuring our clients are receiving compassionate representation.

Our construction law lawyers have handled countless claims stemming from construction site accidents, including electrical accidents, scaffold accidents, and forklift accidents. We have developed compelling arguments to explain how a third party is responsible for our client’s injuries. Our construction accident attorneys also ensure our clients receive maximum compensation for these injuries by working with a team of medical experts who can help explain the negative effects that worker’s particular injury will have on their mental state, career and finances. To find out if a construction lawyer can help you recover compensation for your suffering, fill out our free case review form on the right.

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