Construction Injury Accident Liability | Eisenberg Law
Who Is Liable In A Construction Injury Accident? Injuries are common at Wisconsin construction sites and when they occur the injured workers might ask who, if anyone, is liable for their injuries. Determining liability in a construction injury accident can be complex and multi-faceted and there are many layers and levels of protection for both workers and employers, but with help from an experienced personal injury attorney, injured workers can get the compensation they are due. Workers’ Compensation Benefits The first benefit that comes to mind when you’ve been injured at work is workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation benefits cover medical expenses and some lost income. Workers’ compensation claims only require the worker to demonstrate that an injury occurred while at work. They don’t assign liability or blame for the accident. Workers’ compensation benefits usually include the caveat that the worker cannot sue the employer. Liability For Construction Injury Accidents Many accidents are simply accidents. There is no one to blame and the injury may be chalked up to simple bad luck. At other times, another party may be responsible or liable for a construction injury accident. In those situations, an injured worker can file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party, as long as it is not the employer. This does not preclude them from also filing for workers’ compensation.
So, Who Can Be Held Liable For A Construction Accident Injury?Many people, including:
- Construction site owners
- General contractors
- Equipment manufacturers
- Third-party people or businesses that contributed to the injury due to negligence or gross misconduct
Types Of Construction Injury LawsuitsThere are many different types of construction injury lawsuits. The type of lawsuit depends on the circumstances surrounding the injury or accident. Construction injury lawsuits may fall into any of the following categories:
- Personal Injury Lawsuits.
- Product Liability Lawsuits.
- Wrongful Death Lawsuits.
Compensation And Construction Injury LawsuitsFiling a construction injury lawsuit makes it possible for an injured worker to try and recover damages in the form of financial compensation for their injuries. Damages may be awarded for:
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Loss of livelihood in the case of injuries that affect your ability to work
- Pain, suffering, and emotional trauma
- Punitive damages