Construction accidents can be very serious and can result in major injuries. If you’ve been hurt in a construction accident, having an experienced workplace rights lawyer can make recovering compensation less stressful.
The number of people responsible for overseeing construction projects seems to grow each year. As projects increase in size and complexity, so does the number of people who are responsible for workplace safety. From tool and equipment suppliers, to property owners, to architects, engineers, and designers, there is a long list of people or companies who may be liable for a workplace injury.
If you or someone you love has been injured on a construction site, there may be a variety of parties that can help pay for the injuries and related expenses. By speaking with one of the experienced employee rights attorneys at The Perecman Firm, PLLC, you will be able to better understand your rights and which parties might be liable for the injuries you or your loved one has suffered.
Who May be Legally Responsible for Construction Accidents?
If any one of the following parties violated OSHA regulations or acted negligently, they may be responsible for compensating a worker who has been injured as a result.
- Engineers and Architects – Before a construction project can begin, these skilled professionals are responsible for setting up the project. Once the project has started, they may be responsible for overseeing certain aspects of its progress and ensuring industry standards are being met. If construction workers are hurt as a result of a failure to meet industry standards, the engineers and architects may be liable.
- Equipment Suppliers & Manufacturers – If a person or company supplies a job site with defective equipment, they may be liable for injuries that result from the use of the defective equipment.
- Contractors – There are many different contractors on large job sites. General contractors, sub-contractors, and Prime contractors all share different responsibilities and liabilities. From complying with OSHA safety standards, to ensuring quality of workmanship, contractors can expose themselves to liability in many different ways.
- Property Owners – The owners of the buildings or the land on which construction takes place are responsible for ensuring the property is reasonably safe. If they don’t meet that responsibility and a worker gets injured, the owner may be liable. This liability can change if the owner gives control of the property to a construction supervisor or independent contractor.
- Insurance Companies – Most construction sites (especially large ones) involve some form of insurance. Insurance companies may take financial responsibility on behalf of anyone who may be legally responsible for causing an injury. If someone gets injured on the site, chances are that an insurance company will get involved at some point. Insurance companies and their agents can be difficult to deal with; getting a knowledgeable construction accident lawyer can help.
The number of parties who may be responsible for paying for your injuries is long and complex. Reach out to a construction accident attorney at The Perecman Firm, PLLC to find out how we can help you. Our lines are open 24 hours a day and the initial consultation is free. Protect yourself and your family and call us today.