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Who Is Legally Responsible for My Construction Accident?

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By Michael LoGiudice
Founding Attorney

Construction sites are dangerous places. There is heavy machinery, great heights, toxic substances, and electrical hazards, among other things. Despite its dangers, construction companies still have an obligation to maintain safe working conditions for employees. Site managers have a responsibility for maintaining safe conditions on the property. There are numerous parties tasked with ensuring that construction workers have the safest possible working environment. When someone fails to uphold the responsibility to maintain safe conditions on the construction site, tragic consequences may follow. Lapses in safety measures can easily lead to severe injuries or even fatalities on a construction site.

Who is Legally Responsible for My Construction Accident?

There are many potential parties who may be held legally responsible for causing a construction accident. Some of the most common liable parties, include:

  • Site owners
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • General contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Site managers
  • Foremen
  • Equipment and material suppliers
  • Equipment and material manufacturers

Who will be held legally responsible in a construction accident case will depend on who is liable for the accident. Liability will depend on a number of specific factors relating to the incident itself. It will be important to look at things like the conditions of the accident site. The construction site property must be properly maintained. Without proper maintenance, a worker may be injured and the party tasked with maintaining property conditions on the site may be held legally responsible for any resulting accidents.

In many construction site accidents, equipment is involved. There is a wide range of equipment present on a construction site at any given time. In some accident cases, equipment may have malfunctioned. In others, operator error may have resulted in an accident. When equipment malfunctions, the party legally responsible for a resulting accident may be the party tasked with inspecting and maintaining the equipment. In the alternative, the responsible party could be whoever sold or manufactured the equipment. If the accident was the result of the equipment being misused, then the operator of the equipment may be found legally responsible.

It is also important to determine who was in control of the site and the equipment when the accident occurred. Managers and supervisors on a construction site are often found at least partially responsible for construction site accidents. They play an integral role in helping to ensure safe conditions on a construction site. Any oversights on their part could easily result in an accident occurring.

New York Construction Accident Injury Attorney

If you were involved in a construction site accident, you may have suffered a serious injury. Construction sites are dangerous places and when people fail to uphold the requisite safety standards, people are hurt. If you have been injured in a construction site accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and associated losses. New York construction accident injury attorney Michael LoGiudice will explore every avenue of recovery and work to ensure that you are fairly compensated. Contact us today.

About the Author
Michael LoGiudice handles all personal injury and medical malpractice claims. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School (1997) and has many verdicts and settlements totaling in the tens of millions of dollars.
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