Can I File a Third-Party Lawsuit After a Construction Injury?
September 21, 2018Posted on: September 21, 2018
Over 150,000 construction employees in the United States suffer job-related injuries every single year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The construction industry has high rates of workplace fatalities and injuries due to negligent employers and other parties. Most employers are responsible for construction accidents related to hazardous job site conditions, improper safety practices, poor training, and defective tools and equipment. Some construction accidents are caused by third parties. These are parties who do not have an employee-employer relationship with the injured worker.
What Is a Third-Party Injury Claim for Construction Injuries?
If a party other than a construction employee’s own employer was responsible for or had a role in that worker’s injury, that other party could be a defendant in a third-party personal injury claim.
In construction site accidents, third parties could be a negligent property owner, contractor or sub-contractor, equipment manufacturer or operator, or the manufacturer of any defective construction and safety tools.
Some common construction injuries that result from a third-party’s negligence include:
- Electrical injuries
- Falls from dangerous heights (roofs or ladders)
- Injuries from workers using faulty equipment or construction vehicles
Many times, in construction accidents, the reason behind the injury might not be immediately clear to the injured employee. If you or a loved one were harmed in a construction accident, then you should speak with an attorney who has experience with third-party personal injury claims. Contact Ramey Law P.C. today for more information and a free confidential consultation.