Construction Accidents: Everything to Know
The construction industry has the highest number of injuries compared to any other occupation. Sometimes construction accidents happen, and if they happen to you or a loved one, you need to know your legal rights.
Each injury and circumstance is different, therefore it's important to gather all the details for your personal case to determine who is at fault and any compensation you're owed.
Hiring an experienced construction accident lawyer can help you out every step of the way in this difficult time.
Who's Responsible for Construction Accidents?
Some parties to look at include:
- Your employer
- Independent contractors on site
- Manufacturers of the tools/equipment you were using to cause injury
- General contractor
- Owner of the property
- Coworkers handling machines or tools poorly to cause injury
Each case is different, which is why speaking to an experienced attorney is essential.
Details To Know About Your Accident
- Where did the accident occur? Construction workers' locations change day-to-day. Where the accident took place is a main concern. (Ex. In a vehicle, business office, on a roof)
- What were the conditions of the job site? We need to know if the work place was up to legal standards. If conditions weren't being maintained correctly, whoever controls or cleans the ground is at fault.
- What equipment was involved? Any tools or vehicles involved and where they were bought/sold. If maintenance wasn't up to code, the party responsible for maintaining it is at fault.
- How was the equipment used? If the equipment was misused, or another coworker was encouraging misuse, they will share responsibility for injuries.
- Who had control over the site and equipment? If multiple parties supervise the site, it's important to see who had authority over the equipment and site when the injury occurred.
- Who do you work for? In a lot of cases they employer is at fault, be sure to know who your employer works for if he's an independent contractor.