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Who’s Responsible for a Construction Site Accident?

construction workers on top of a job site

Construction workers face many hazards on the job, including great heights, heavy machinery, electrical materials, and more. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), these hazards contribute to the fatal injury rate for the construction industry being higher than the national average for all industries.

A construction site accident can be devastating and leave workers with permanent injuries. In the wake of such an accident, workers and their families may be left with mounting costs in medical bills and lost wages. Learn who may potentially be held liable for the costs of these damages.

Recovering Compensation After a Work Injury

In some cases, injured workers will recover compensation through their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. This is known as the “exclusive remedy rule,” since it can sometimes be the only option for compensation after a work injury.

There are, however, situations where an injured construction worker may file a personal injury lawsuit (either in conjunction with or instead of a workers’ compensation claim) to recover funds. These situations may include the following:

  • A third-party on the job site injured a worker. In this case, the injured worker may potentially sue the third-party (and/or their employer) and hold them liable for their damages.
  • A defective piece of equipment led to an accident and injury. In this case, the injured worker may sue the equipment’s manufacturer or distributor for damages through a products liability claim.
  • A driver harmed a worker in a road work zone. In this case, the injured worker may sue the driver for speeding or driving otherwise negligently through the work zone.

Injured in a Construction Site Accident? Contact Us Today

If you or someone you love was injured in a construction site accident, our experienced Los Angeles trial attorneys can help you identify any and all liable parties and recover maximum possible compensation.

Call Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP at (866) 634-4525 to schedule a free consultation.