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Generally speaking, if you are injured while working a construction job, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, including payment of medical expenses and some compensation for lost income. Workers’ compensation construction-9-1230280 (1)benefits typically prohibit a construction worker from suing their employer; however, a workers’ compensation claim only requires the employee to show an injury occurred while on the job. There are certain circumstances, though, where other parties may be liable for construction injuries, which may result in the ability to file a third-party lawsuit in conjunction with a workers’ compensation claim. Some of the most common accidents on a project site are caused by falling from heights (scaffolding, rooftops, ladders) and being struck by a falling load or object.

Construction Injury Liability: Who is Responsible?

Liability in a third-party construction injury lawsuit may include the construction site owner, the general contractor, a sub-contractor, the manufacturer of faulty equipment and any other third-party that contributed to the injury due to negligence or gross misconduct. An important factor in construction injury liability for site owners and contractors is the degree of control that they have in a particular environment. The degree of control the construction site owner and contractors have over the premises and the work being conducted help determine if, and to what extent, they may be responsible for an injury that occurs on a construction site and under their supervision.

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What Is Premises Liability?

Premises Liability Introduction

Premises liability laws hold land and property owners legally responsible for accidents and injuries that occur on their property as a result of unsafe conditions, poor property upkeep, or any other act that leads to failure to ensure the safety of individuals on the premises.

Slip and fall accidents are the classic example of a premises liability case; however, a variety of other injury claims also fall under the purview of premises liability law. Examples include dog bites / animal attacks, construction accidents, security negligence, wrongful death accidents, assault and battery, accidental drowning, occupational injuries, broken bones, and many others.

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Sustaining Injuries on Construction Sites

Work in the construction industry is physically demanding and incredibly dangerous. Varied terrain, unpredictable weather, and ever-changing surroundings are a few of the many factors that can cause construction-related injury. Falls from scaffolding or ladders, injury from falling debris, machinery accidents, and electrocution are all examples of what can happen when something goes wrong on a construction site, either as a result of an accident or due to negligence.

Construction Injuries are Common

It goes without saying that the injuries in the construction industry can be severe. Sprains, strains, broken bones, and even death can occur. When occupational injuries and illnesses are reported, one of the key measures of injury severity is the median number of days spent away from work per each injured case. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011, the construction industry ranked third, with a median number of 14 days spent away from work due to injury. Only the mining and transportation industries ranked higher.

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