Who is Liable for Construction Accidents?
According to the International Labor Organization statistics, at least 108,000 laborers are killed on-site every year. This represents nearly a third of all work-related fatal injuries. Compared to people working in other occupations, construction workers exposed to hazardous workplace conditions are frequently more involved in accidents.
After a workplace injury, it is essential to find out who is responsible for the accident and take the necessary steps. Consult a construction accident attorney to ensure the at-fault party covers your injuries and medical expenses.
Determining who is responsible
On a construction site, different factors could contribute to an accident. Sometimes, it can be difficult to pinpoint which party is at fault.
Certain people could be liable in the event of construction accidents. The list includes architects, engineers, contractors, and landowners. Construction-related accidents can also occur due to equipment failure, and liability would be determined based on what caused the equipment to malfunction.
A California personal injury lawyer can analyze your case to uncover all necessary information about your injury to hold the person or company accountable for your injuries and losses.
The following questions will help you identify the entity liable for your injury.
1.Where did it happen?
Provide more specific information about where the accident happened. Is it an on-the-job accident? Which location of the construction site did it occur?
The number of accidents that have occurred in this area in the past should also be looked into. This can be pretty insightful, helping you bring to light a record of poor safety. Such information can then be used to claim compensation from the liable party.
2. What safety plans are in place?
To ensure the health and safety of workers on a construction site, employers must provide a safe environment and take necessary precautions to meet specific safety regulations. The site owner is responsible for any accidents if no safety measures exist.
3. What equipment was used?
If equipment malfunctions and the manufacturer or those in charge of maintenance are deemed at fault, they could be responsible for damages.
4. Was the equipment properly utilized?
In the case of a construction accident, it is important to know if the equipment was correctly utilized before the accident happened.
The contractor is responsible for ensuring that all workers using the equipment are adequately trained before they start any work. If they were not trained, the contractor might be held accountable for any injuries or accidents that may happen.
If someone misuses the equipment or refuses to follow the safety regulations and it leads to your injury, they may also be liable for compensating you.
5. Who managed the project at the time of the accident?
The parties that were involved in the management of the site when the accident occurred must be identified. This includes supervisors who could be held responsible for accidents that happened as a result of their mistakes.
6. Who is the site owner?
You may need to pursue other options like holding the construction site owner responsible. A person who is injured on a property due to the owner’s negligence may sue the owner for damages.
The owner may be liable if they allow a contractor to provide hazardous working conditions on their property.
How a California construction accident lawyer can help
With no professional to guide you, a construction accident victim can be taken advantage of and receive minimal or no compensation because they are not well-versed in the intricacies that complicate construction accidents.
We’re here to help you navigate through this confusing process with ease. With years of experience, Lionsgate Law Group, APC has multiple cases for our clients.
We know what it’s like to be in your shoes and understand all the struggles you’re going through. Lionsgate Law Group has helped construction workers and their families recover millions in damages from negligent contractors, subcontractors, and other responsible parties.
We are always happy to answer any questions you may have about our services, so feel free to reach out to us for an obligation-free chat.