• May
    17
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Construction Site Accidents

    When You Can And Can’t Sue

    There are a lot of benefits to working in the construction industry. In addition to earning a good wage, you also get the advantage of working outside and the pride of building something tangible. Unfortunately, along with the perks of the job come dangers. Construction sites are notorious for being filled with hazards, and construction site accidents happen every day. If you’ve been injured in a construction site accident, you need to know your legal rights, and specifically when you can and can’t sue.

    The first thing you need to do know is that filing a personal injury lawsuit against your employer is generally not an option. Because employers generally carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees, your immediate claim against them will be to file for workers’ compensation benefits, which will pay for your medical expenses and for a portion of your lost wages. If you believe that your injury was a result of negligence, your ability to file a personal injury lawsuit is restricted to certain third parties. This can include subcontractors who may have been working on the same site or vendors who may have provided defective supplies or equipment. You may also be able to file a lawsuit against the owner of the property on which you were working.

    The entities that your personal injury attorney will look to as being legally responsible will depend upon the type of injury that you’ve suffered. If your construction site accident involved being struck by heavy machinery or being injured by a vehicle, then the person driving the vehicle could be sued; so can their employer if they work for a different company than you. If the incident was the result of a brake failure then the vehicle manufacturer or the company that manufactured its parts can be pursued legally, or even the company responsible for maintaining the vehicle or equipment.

    Employees who are injured in construction site accidents are extremely limited in the legal action they can take against their employer, but there are many opportunities to hold others responsible for negligence. In order to make sure that you have the ability to seek legal action against those who contributed to your injury, put yourself into the capable hands of an experienced personal injury attorney.

     

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