Construction Accident Law

We all know that construction is a very difficult job and poses risks to the workers on construction sites.  In fact, the pressure for quick construction is so high that often safety measures are compromised.  In the U.S., a large number of accidents take place on construction sites causing innumerable deaths and injuries.  When such accidents happen, the construction accidents law of the United States applies.

Construction accidents law

According to this law, there are various kinds of injuries for which victims can claim compensation:

  • Amputation
  • Deafness
  • Blindness
  • Fracture
  • Paralysis

Construction accidents may take place due to any of the following reasons:

  • Negligence of the worker resulting in his own injury
  • Fault in the equipment used for construction
  • Defects in the products used for construction
  • Inadequate safety measures adopted by the contractor
  • Inadequate training provided to the workers
  • Negligence of other workers

Provisions of construction accidents law

According to the law, sometimes, injured workers are entitled only to the workers’ compensation.  They cannot claim for injuries they suffer.  Those not limited by workers compensation can recover their dues from any of the responsible parties.  This could be the owner of the site, the architect or the contractor.  If the accident is caused due to malfunctioning or defective equipment, the manufacturer is considered as the responsible party.

The injured party can file a claim for the following damages:

  • Medical bills
  • Loss of wages
  • Pain and suffering

Suing for injury caused due to construction accidents can be a complicated affair as the victim may not be aware of the nuances of the construction accidents law.  It is better that the victim or his family approach a personal injury attorney who will file a suit and claim damages.

To avoid court battles, it is better that architects and contractors follow all the safeties rules and ensure that no harm comes to any of the workers.  Similarly, the owner of the site should also ensure that he has done all that he reasonably can, to avoid construction injuries on his site.

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