Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Liability for Construction Site Injuries

Construction is among the most dangerous industries in the nation, as these workers put themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis at job sites. The injuries sustained by construction workers can range from minor to catastrophic, depending upon the type of accident. Accidents on construction sites frequently involve:

  • Falling from scaffolding and other heights
  • Trip, slip, and falls
  • Lifting and repetitive motion injuries
  • Defective and unsafe equipment
  • Electrocution, fires, and explosions
  • Machinery accidents
  • Falling debris, equipment, or materials
Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established numerous rules and regulations to protect employees on job sites, thousands of construction workers are injured each year. When a construction worker is seriously harmed on the job, who is at fault for their injuries and expenses?

Determining Fault in Construction Accidents

Fault could potentially be attributed to multiple parties for a construction site accident. Liability will be determined based upon the factors that led to the incident, the level of control each potential party had over the job site, and the level of control each potential party had over the work that was being done when the accident occurred.

Depending upon each party’s legal responsibilities and duties, the following individuals could be held liable for a construction worker’s injuries:
  • Owner of the construction site
  • General and sub-contractors
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Prime contractors
  • Manufacturers of equipment or machinery used on the site
  • Each party’s insurer
If you were hurt in a construction accident, you could greatly benefit from hiring an experienced injury attorney to handle your case. Your attorney can determine which parties may be liable for your injuries, determine if any OSHA violations occurred, and build a comprehensive case that seeks maximum compensation for your suffering and expenses.

De Castroverde Law Group is a family-run firm that aggressively fights for the rights and interests of accident victims in Las Vegas. If you were injured on a job site in Clark County, NV or the surrounding areas, get in touch with our highly-reviewed firm to discuss your legal options!