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Construction Accident Benefits Can Include More than Workers’ Compensation
Our workers' comp attorneys and investigators look at all parties involved in a construction accident
Construction workers face some of the most dangerous working conditions of any industry. The attorneys at SiebenCarey provide experienced representation for persons who have suffered personal injuries or wrongful death as a result of a construction site accident. Construction accidents can occur on residential property, commercial property, or at industrial construction sites. When someone is injured or killed on or near a construction site, the owner or general contractor or a subcontractor may be liable for any injuries sustained.
A construction site accident can be extremely serious, and may cause permanent disability, loss of a limb, blindness, head injury, fractured or broken bones, amputation, scarring and wrongful death. Often the medical bills will be large, and there may be a long period of disability and lost wages. Workers’ compensation may pay for some of the medical bills and lost earnings, but workers’ compensation cannot adequately compensate an injured worker for permanent losses and disability arising from a serious construction accident.
However, you may have been injured by another employer at the same work site, or by another participant in the construction process such as an architect or engineer. In such cases, you may be able to sue the other parties responsible for the injuries.
Whether a particular participant in the construction process may be liable for your injury depends on the legal duty that person owed to you. Usually, those duties are determined by the contracts among the various parties. For example, an architect is usually not responsible for workplace safety, so the employee of a subcontractor cannot hold the architect responsible for injuries resulting from an unsafe job site. However, if the architect has agreed to be responsible for workplace safety, the architect may be liable.
Even if construction project participants are not liable to workers, either because they aren't employees or because there is no contractual duty to them, they may still be liable if they know of an actual dangerous condition and fail to give proper warning of the danger. Special rules usually apply as well to especially dangerous activities involved in a construction project, such as working with explosives or dangerous volatile substances.
Our work injury attorneys represent bystanders who are injured in construction site accidents, drivers injured as a result of highway construction accidents, as well as construction site workers who are injured on the job. Our clients include laborers, carpenters, electricians, iron workers, crane operators, plumbers, masons, painters, sheet metal workers, welders, heavy equipment operators, and all other construction trades. Under state and federal laws and regulations, contractors and site owners are responsible for providing a reasonably safe work environment, and there are special laws in place to protect those who work in high places, such as on a scaffold, ladder or structural steel. Workers in all trades are exposed to a variety of dangerous conditions at work sites due to negligent and dangerous conditions and practices of architects, general contractors, subcontractors, product manufacturers, equipment suppliers, and others.