There are many potential dangers at play on a construction site. There is heavy equipment, heavy loads, complex machinery, and people working from great heights. The property owner, contractors, subcontractors, and equipment manufacturers have a responsibility to keep the construction site as safe as possible for construction site workers. When safety regulations are violated and these parties have failed in their duty to keep workers safe, people are injured and are sometimes sustain serious and lasting injuries. While you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, you may also be entitled to recover compensation under a third party claim. Contact New York construction site injury attorney Michael LoGiudice to explore your options for how you can potentially recover monetary compensation for your construction site injury.
Does Anyone Investigate After a Construction Accident?
When an accident occurs on a construction site and a worker or workers sustain injuries as a result, there are several interested parties who will investigate the incident. For instances, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal organization that promulgates safety regulations for different industries such as the construction industry. After a construction site accident, OSHA will almost always investigate with a particular focus on what safety regulations may have been violated and led to the accident that resulted in worker injuries.
New York state and local officials will also likely investigate after a construction accident. For instance, the New York City Department of Buildings will often investigate accidents on construction or demolition sites. These government officials are charged with keeping construction workers safe on the job. If a construction site accident left workers injured, they are going to want to know what happened, what should have been done, and what will be done in the future to prevent such an accident from occurring once again.
While employers are exempt from most lawsuits involving injured workers, the employer or construction company in charge of the site where the accident occurred will likely conduct an internal investigation in order to prevent further liability exposure. They will additionally want to find out what went wrong in order to hopefully prevent the same type of accident from occurring in the future. Other potential responsible parties, such as a contractor, subcontractor, or property owner, may also hire independent investigators all looking to protect themselves from lawsuit exposure.
You, as the injured party, also have the right to mount your own investigation. You have the right to hire a knowledgeable New York construction accident attorney to investigate the incident. All of the other investigations going on are to protect the best interests of someone else. Beginning your own investigation will help protect you and your own legal rights. Your attorney will not only investigate what really went on in causing the accident that led to your injuries, your attorney will also be able to advise you on your legal rights and possible avenues to recover monetary compensation for your injuries.
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Other parties will start their investigations and work to protect their best interests right away. Do not delay in contacting experienced New York construction site injury attorney Michael LoGiudice so that you can start protecting your own rights.