scaffolding falls to
electrocution, the construction industry experiences a high volume of injuries each
year due the dangers related to this field of work. Our New York City
personal injury attorneys understand how difficult it can be to determine
the right legal action to take if you are injured in a
construction accident. In order to properly file a workers’ compensation claim or personal
injury claim, we must identify who is at fault or liable for your injuries.
Individuals or companies which may be liable for a construction injury
or death include the following:
Construction site owner. Their responsibility is based on the manner in which the accident transpired
and the kind of job being conducted at the time of the incident. Despite
not being directly involved in the accident, a construction site owner
is typically found to be at fault in most cases, such as fall from great heights.
General contractor. The general contractor is required to ensure that the construction site
conditions are safe, as well as hire competent workers. Additionally,
they are obligated to inform workers of any potential hazards or existing
dangers on the site.
Subcontractor. Typically they have the same legal responsibilities as a general contractor,
such as providing a safe work environment, hire competent workers, and
make sure employees obey the safety regulations. However, they are mainly
accountable and in charge of a specific area of the construction site.
Equipment or machinery manufacturer. Because some accidents are caused by defective machinery or inadequate
safety warnings, the manufacturer can be responsible for damages and harm
from their equipment, since the injury resulted from the product itself.
Architects, designers, and engineers. They’re liable for whatever is stated on their contract with the
construction site owner. Designers must ensure that the building is constructed
correctly based on the plans and code regulations through routine inspections.
Architects and engineers must perform their duties and services in accordance
to specific standards. Any failure to fulfill their duties that results
in an injury can mean that they are at fault.
Insurance company. According to state laws, construction site owners must provide several
types of insurance to their workers. If a worker is injured on-site and
wants to recover compensation, it’s imperative to have a lawyer
on your side to carefully examine the insurance policies.
If you have been injured in a construction accident,
contact Belushin Law Firm, P.C. and request a
free case evaluation today.