If you are injured while working on a construction site, there might be many more options available to you than you might think.
It takes the collaborative effort of many different people to erect a building. It all starts with building plans and blueprints created by the architect. Then construction crews get to work actually building. There are construction workers, site foremen, general contractors and various subcontractors all involved in the building process. With so many different people working together to create a new or renovated structure, construction sites are often very busy places.
Busy construction sites can pose the potential for causing personal injuries to workers on the site. There are so many people on an active construction site and so many large pieces of construction equipment and heavy machinery, in addition to large quantities of building materials and tools, which need to be transported to various locations around the building site, that it is quite possible that someone could get hurt. If you are injured while working on a construction site, there might be many more options available to you than you might think.
- Making a claim against your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy. If you are a construction worker, you are likely an employee of a company that has workers’ compensation insurance. You are not suing your employer when you file a workers’ compensation claim. Rather, your employer has workers’ compensation insurance for situations in which employees get hurt on the job.
- There might be a possible claim against the general contractor of the work site. The general contractor is tasked with overseeing the operation and management of the construction site. As such, if you are hurt while working, you likely can pursue a claim against the general contractor of your work site.
- There could be a claim against the company at fault for the injury. If an injury was caused by a faulty piece of equipment that was rented from a third party company, you might have a claim against the third party company. Whether you are able to pursue a claim against a third party will depend on the facts surrounding your case, but it is good to know that this might be an avenue of compensation available to you.
- If harm was caused as a result of the architect’s building plans, you might have a claim. Architectural drawings must comply with certain standards and must be accurate. If there is something wrong with the architect’s drawings, which ultimately causes an injury to occur, then the architect might also be liable to you, the injured party.
- A subcontractor might be at fault for the harm that was caused. You might also be able to pursue a subcontractor if they are at fault for causing the injury.
Why Speak With a Construction Injury Attorney?
If you have been injured while working on a construction site, there may be a variety of sources of compensation that you could pursue to make you whole again. Which options are available to you depends upon the facts and circumstances surrounding how you were injured. It is in your best interest to contact an experienced construction site injury attorney to discuss your case, as the attorney can assist you in determining what compensation is available to you.