Third Party Liability in Construction Site AccidentsApril 11th, 2013 by 1800thelaw2
Construction sites can be dangerous places to work, to visit, and even to walk by. Anyone who works in construction or has been on a site knows that are a number of hazards everywhere you look – from heavy machinery, dangerous power tools and falling debris to scaffolds, ladders and exposed electrical wires. With so much activity happening at a construction site on any given day, the dangers can be difficult to control. The presence of third-party subcontractors on a site can make operations even more hazardous.
Fortunately, if you get hurt on a construction site due to the negligence of a third-party subcontractor, you have the right to file a third-party liability personal injury lawsuit against them. There are many different types of third-party subcontractors that could be liable for your injuries, including architects, engineers and manufacturers of construction machinery or equipment.
Third-party liability in construction site accidents arise when:
- A person or organization owed you a duty to be careful
- That person or organization did not take the necessary protections or did not adequately advise you of potential dangers
- You get injured because of their negligence
Even if you receive workers’ compensation benefits under your employer’s insurance, you can still file a third-party liability claim. Workers’ comp may cover your medical bills, but with a third-party liability claim, you could also receive compensation for pain and suffering.
If you or someone you know gets hurt in a construction site accident, and you suspect it is the fault of a third party, talk to a workers’ compensation lawyer at 1-800-THE-LAW2. Our lawyers can tell you if you have a case right over the phone.