If you have suffered injuries in a construction accident, you may be wondering what parties you can sue for your injuries. There are many potential parties that can be held responsible for your on-the-job injury. They include the property owner, general contractor, sub-contractor, architect-engineer and equipment and materials supplier.
The number of liable parties will depend on how large and sophisticated the construction project is. This is because some construction projects are based on general contract relationships, while some larger projects are handled by construction management organizations.
Potentially Liable Parties in Construction Accidents
The following are potential parties who may be held liable for injuries at construction sites:
Construction site property owners:
Property owners must maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. If someone gets injured on their property because of a potentially harmful condition, they may be held liable if they knew or should have known of the dangerous conditions. However, if the property owners turned over control of their premises to independent contractors, they may not be liable.
General contractors and sub-contractors:
General contractors and sub-contractors must provide their workers with a reasonably safe environment. They also have a legal duty to warn workers of any potential defects or hazards inherent in the work they perform. Their duty extends to the hiring of reasonably competent employees and ensuring that all workers comply with safety regulations. If they are negligent and workers get injured, they may be held liable.
Engineers and architects:
Engineers and architects have a duty to ensure that construction work is carried out in compliance with plans and specifications. They are also responsible for site inspections to ensure compliance with code regulations.
Additionally, they must follow certain accepted standards in performing professional services during the design and construction phase of the project. They can be held liable if they fail to meet these standards.
Construction machinery or equipment manufacturers:
Manufacturers have a duty to design and manufacture products that are reasonably safe to use. They can be held liable if they manufacture defective machinery or equipment that causes injuries to workers.
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