Contractors can sometimes be held liable for injuries suffered on a construction site if their negligence played a role in causing an accident to occur. When a contractor is hired to oversee a construction site project, they are generally liable for providing all the materials, equipment, etc. that is needed to get the job done. In the event they make a worker perform an unsafe task or provide them with unsafe defective equipment, they can be held accountable if the worker suffers injuries.
Examples of Contractor Negligence
A contractor may be accused of being negligent in any of the following situations:
- A contractor required an employee to perform a strenuous task that is usually done with machinery. As a result, the employee suffered an injury. If a task requires the use of a vehicle or other type of machine yet a contractor makes a worker perform the job without it knowing it could potentially cause them to sustain an injury, the injured worker may be able to sue them for damages.
- A contractor provided defective equipment to workers causing one or more to suffer an injury. Construction sites are among some of the most dangerous places to work. That is why construction workers must be provided with the proper safety equipment and tools needed to perform their job with as little risk as possible. If a contractor knowingly allowed one or more employees to use defective equipment which led to an accident occurring, those who sustained injuries may hold the right to sue the contractor.
Filing a lawsuit against a contractor is one way an injured construction worker can potentially recover compensation for things like:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Mental anguish
In the event the contractor was not certified as a contractor by the state or licensed to conduct business, he/she can be held liable for providing an injured party with three times the actual compensatory damages the victim is awarded given they win their case.1
A construction worker may also be entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim if they work for an employer who provides coverage. Workers’ compensation generally provides injured workers with medical and wage replacement benefits, allowing an injured worker the opportunity to seek the medical treatment they need and receive a portion of the wages they were earning while they are out of work recovering.
Should an Injured Construction Worker Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
If an injured construction worker is interested in finding out if they have a case and what it is worth, they should connect with a Live Oak, FL personal injury attorney. Koberlein Law Offices has a team of dedicated and knowledgeable personal injury lawyers who are eager to help injured construction workers obtain the compensation and medical benefits they deserve after sustaining an injury on a construction site.
Injured workers can learn more about their legal rights by contacting Koberlein Law Offices at any of their office locations listed down below.
Koberlein Law Offices can be reached at:
855 SW Baya Drive
Lake City, FL 32025
118 Ohio Avenue N, Suite A
Live Oak, FL 32064
8443 SW 14 Lane
Gainesville, FL 32607