How Is Fault Determined After a Construction Accident?
Depending on the size of any given construction project, there could be hundreds of various subcontractors working under one general contractor. In turn, that general contractor operates under a project owner. Because the scope of a construction project can be so vast, it can make determining fault in a construction accident all the more difficult. As you consider liability with a construction accident lawyer, review each member of a project to uncover how he or she contributed to or caused your injury.
Consider the Project Owner’s Insurance
In some cases, project owners can be at fault for construction injuries even when they aren’t directly involved with the work at the time of the accident. The project owner is also required to have an insurance program in place due to the countless dangers surrounding a job site. Your attorney will examine the project owner’s insurance policy if you’ve been injured on the job and are looking to recover compensation.
Look Into the General Contractor and Subcontractors
The general contractor must provide safety measures for all the subcontractors that they hire. For most construction accidents, the general contractor is typically at fault, mainly because they didn’t keep the job site safe or inform contractors on potential hazards. The subcontractor can also be liable for injuries that occur at their section of the job site. They too must follow the same safety procedures as the general contractors.
Designers and Manufacturers
The designers are responsible for conducting inspections at the job site. Designers must ensure the project is being built following the code regulations, which can cause injuries when it isn’t. With manufacturers, the equipment that contractors use must always be running correctly to avoid injuries. When a manufacturer’s equipment is defective, the manufacturer can become the at-fault party from a construction accident.
Construction accidents can lead to missed wages, medical bills, physical damages, and much more. If you’ve been injured during a construction project, contact The Law Office of Carl Maltese to begin a free case evaluation. Our team of experienced construction accident lawyers will help you determine fault after your accident and can identify construction insurance requirements. Call us today at (631) 543-8811 to learn more about our firm and personal injury practice areas.