What parties might be held liable for a construction accident?

It is common knowledge that construction is particularly dangerous work for Florida employees. While most companies do everything they can to avoid construction accidents, they can still occur. Someone who becomes injured could suffer a traumatic brain injury, paralysis or even amputation, which could impact their quality of life and whether or not they are ever able to be employable again.

The party that is liable for accidents that occur at a construction site depend upon a number of factors, which can include the scale of the construction project, the owner of the land where the project is taking place, the design and the equipment used, among others. For example, if the owner of the land retains control during the project, they may be held legally responsible for any accidents that occur depending upon the type of accident. If an accident occurred because an engineer failed to observe the progress to ensure that there was compliance with the specifications of the plan, they may be held responsible.

Certain contractors may also be held liable depending upon the circumstances. For example, a general or sub-contractor must legally identify hazards and warn workers of those hazards. If they fail to do so and someone suffers an injury, they may be liable. If an accident occurred as a result of faulty machinery or other equipment, the owner of the equipment or the equipment provider may be found to be liable.

Because there are so many people and specialized circumstances involved with a construction project, it is often recommended that someone who was injured in a construction accident seek legal advice from an attorney. They may determine who can be held responsible based on the organization of the project and based on how the injury actually occurred. If another person is found liable, the injured person could potentially seek compensation for medical costs and lost wages.

SourceFindLaw, “Construction Injury Overview“, October 30, 2014