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Can I Sue the Property Owner or General Contractor in a Construction Accident?

Litigating cases involving injuries stemming from a construction accident are very complex because of the recent changes in the law.  In order to protect your claim and get full compensation for your construction site accident, you should speak with an attorney who has successfully handled construction accident cases.

If you are an employee of a subcontractor and get injured at work, you may be able to sue the property owner and/or the general contractor if:

  1. The property owner or a general contractor retained control over certain details of the work and exercised that control in a way that affirmatively contributed to plaintiff’s injury.
  2. The property owner or general contractor supplied unsafe equipment that affirmatively contributed to the accident.
  3. The property owner undertook a duty to provide certain specific safety precautions on the job site, precluded other contractors from addressing that safety issue and then failed to fulfill its duty, which affirmative contributed to the injury.
  4. The property owner is aware of a concealed condition that poses an unreasonable risk of harm and others could not have known of the dangerous condition while carrying out their independent duty to inspect the area where work is to be performed.

Wrongful Death Claim

If you are a family member of someone who was killed in an accident at a construction site – whether they were a bystander or a worker, you may have a wrongful death claim. If the death of your family member was preventable than there is a good chance that your attorney can help in recovering compensation by holding negligent parties responsible.

In 2011, over 700 fatalities were reported for construction accidents. Falls were the greatest cause of worker deaths, followed by electrocutions, getting struck by an object and being caught in/between (OSHA Data).