Constructions sites are home to some of the most dangerous working conditions in any industry. Construction professionals face all sorts of perils on a daily basis. Whether working on a small, home-remodeling project or a large commercial building, construction professionals need to be aware of hazards. If the site isn’t properly maintained and clear of debris, someone could become seriously injured.
According to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 3,929 of all worker fatalities in the private sector happen on construction sites.
The main causes of death are:
- being hit by objects;
- getting caught in machines; and
- getting caught in between objects.
OSHA regulations require employers to offer and maintain a workplace that is free of hazards and ensure all employees have safe tools and/or equipment. If you are not supplied with the proper equipment to do a job and you are injured, you can (and should) seek legal representation to sort out the issue.
An attorney with experience in construction accidents can help you seek the full compensation you deserve.
Construction Accident Liability
If you are injured on the job, who is responsible for compensating you for your injuries? The general contractor is generally responsible for safety on a work site. However, depending on the size of the project, the liability could fall on the shoulders of many.
Each subcontract the general contractor signs (for use of equipment and supplies) makes it clear if the subcontractor owes any obligation to the general contractor for liability from construction accidents.
Factors that determine who is liable for an accident include:
- the status of the injured person on the project; and
- where the accident took place on the premises.
When to Contact a Construction Accident Attorney
The doctrine of negligence per se is the violation of any law meant to protect the public, which can be applied to any violation of OSHA regulations. If you believe your injury is a result of one of these violations, you should contact a construction accident attorney to help you build your case.
A personal injury attorney with experience in construction accident cases can help you seek the full compensation you deserve after an accident, including coverage for your pain and suffering and/or lost wages. They can also help you seek to obtain compensation for any mental and physical anguish you may have experienced as a result of the ordeal.
Call Eliot Reiner, APLC
Our Sacramento attorney has over 28 years of experience practicing construction accident law. He is a former insurance defense lawyer who is dedicated to seeking the results you deserve. Together, our entire team strives to provide honest and affordable representation to victims of construction accidents.
Contact our firm online or call us at (916) 778-3228 for a case evaluation.