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Third Party Liability in Construction Accidents

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 150,000 construction workers sustain job-related injuries each year. Workers’ compensation insurance covers most of these accidents. In general, if the injured party is at work, that injury can be the basis for a workers’ compensation claim. However, if a third party, such as an equipment manufacturer, property owner, or subcontractor is responsible for the injury, a third party liability claim may be made.

What Kinds of Accidents Involve a Third Party?

Construction site accidents have a wide range of causes. Poor training, incomplete safety practices, dangerous construction sites, and defective equipment can all contribute to workplace accidents. Also, most construction sites include workers from multiple contractors. Responsibility in construction accidents can be hard to establish, so it is best to work with an experienced attorney to help you understand your case.

There are many kinds of critical injuries that may justify a third party personal injury claim. These include:

  • Falls from scaffolding, ladders, or roofs
  • Injuries caused by defective, or insufficient safety equipment
  • Electrical injuries
  • Accidents caused by third party negligence (a wide range)
  • Injuries caused by defective construction equipment
  • Accidents caused by hazardous conditions that a subcontractor or property owner did not warn about
  • Injuries caused by faulty demolition plans

There are many more examples of accidents that may necessitate a third party liability claim. In any case, proving liability can be a difficult challenge. For instance, an attorney must understand the complexities of product liability law. As a result, thorough research and expert testimony are often needed in these cases.

Another potential barrier for third party liability cases is in proving the construction site’s condition on the day of the accident. Also, worksites are always changing. Those who bear responsibility for the site may have corrected the dangerous conditions after the accident. Dated photographs, OSHA investigation results, and testimony from co-workers can all play into cases like these.

Recruit an Attorney Who Understands Workers’ Comp and Third Party Liability

Workplace injuries put a heavy burden on workers who deserve to do their jobs in safe conditions. Construction sites contain many hazards that can result in a wide range of injuries. Although workers’ compensation benefits help employees with most costs associated with their injuries, there are some cases where a third party can be held accountable for additional damages.

Every case is different. So reach out to a knowledgeable and experienced attorney who can help you navigate your specific situation. I offer free case evaluations to help people understand the steps they can take to protect themselves and their families. Contact us online, or call today.

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