From workers to innocent people who happen to be passing by, construction accidents can result in devastating injuries to various parties. If you have been seriously injured while you were near a construction site, then you might be entitled to financial compensation. Keep reading to find out who can be held liable for your damages if you decide to take legal action.
The Construction Site Owner
When it comes to filing a lawsuit against the owner of a construction site, their level of liability will depend on how much control they have over the site where your injury occurred. For example, the person who owns the site might not be liable if they put control of the property in the hands of another contractor at the time of your injury. In this instance, the contractor who took possession of the property can be found liable because they have an obligation to ensure the safety of individuals invited to the property.
Architects & Engineers
The professional architect or engineering company that oversees that a construction project or building must make sure it is designed safely and practically. These professionals have a legal obligation outlined in their contracts, including meeting and adhering to precise safety standards. An architect or engineer who fails to uphold their contractual or professional standards can be sued for damages that resulted from their negligence.
General & Sub-General Contractors
Like construction site owners, contractors hired to peerfom jobs must ensure the safety of workers and visitors to the site. This means the premises needs to be reasonably safe and should have posted warnings for any potential or dangerous hazards or defects that might harm individuals in the vicinity. When hiring contractors, the hiring-party has a legal duty to use reasonably competent and able employees and must make sure all of their work is compliant with all safety regulations.
Have You Been Seriously Injured at a Construction Site?
If you or someone you know has sustained an injury at a construction site in Southern California, you need to consult with an experienced lawyer at our firm to determine which party to take legal action against so you can recover the compensation you need to pay for your recovery during this difficult time.
We understand that the complexities of construction site accident claims can be confusing and overwhelming if you don’t have a law degree. That is why we are here to provide you with qualified legal advice and guidance that you need to protect your interests and fight for the compensation you deserve.
To schedule your case consultation with Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, please give us a call today at (800) 462-7160. We are here to take your call 24/7.