Construction sites are inherently hazardous, and accidents can happen despite strict safety measures and regulations. When a construction worker is injured on the job, they often assume that workers’ compensation is their only recourse for compensation.
While workers’ compensation is a crucial safety net, there are situations where a third party’s negligence plays a significant role in causing construction accidents. Let’s look at these five common third-party causes of construction accidents and the importance of seeking legal guidance to secure the compensation you deserve.
Owners and Architects
The responsibility for providing a safe construction site extends beyond contractors and workers. Owners and architects must ensure the site’s design and plans prioritize safety. If a design flaw or oversight leads to an accident, the owner and architect could be held liable for negligence.
Construction work involves using various equipment and machinery, such as cranes, scaffolding, and power tools. Manufacturers must produce safe and properly functioning equipment. When defective equipment causes an accident, the manufacturer can be held accountable for the injuries.
General contractors play a pivotal role in overseeing construction projects. They are responsible for ensuring a safe worksite, coordinating safety measures, and ensuring subcontractors comply with safety specifications. If they fail in these responsibilities and an accident occurs, they may be liable for any resulting harm.
The general contractor hires subcontractors to perform specific tasks on the construction site. They, too, have a duty to provide a safe work environment for their employees. If a subcontractor’s negligence contributes to an accident, they can be held responsible.
Equipment Maintenance Companies
Regular maintenance and inspections of construction equipment are crucial for ensuring safety. Companies responsible for maintaining and servicing equipment can be liable if their negligence leads to equipment malfunctions, contributing to an accident.
It’s important to understand that workers’ compensation benefits typically cover medical expenses and some lost wages but do not provide compensation for pain and suffering. When a third party is responsible for a building site accident, pursuing a personal injury claim against them can result in additional payment that considers the emotional and physical suffering caused by the accident.
Suppose you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, and you believe that a third party’s negligence played a role. It is essential to consult with experienced legal professionals like Conley Griggs Partin LLP. Our team specializes in construction accident cases and can help you determine if you have a valid claim against a liable third party.
At Conley Griggs Partin LLP, we offer a free initial consultation and work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid if we secure compensation for you. Additionally, construction accident claims have statutes of limitations, so it’s crucial to act promptly to protect your rights.
Don’t let a construction accident leave you suffering both physically and financially. Contact us today to discuss your case and explore your options for obtaining the compensation you deserve.
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