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Who Can Be Held Responsible for a Construction Accident?


If you were recently injured in a construction accident, it is important to understand who might be held liable for it. Given that construction sites often have multiple parties involved in the execution of a project, it is possible for more than one party to be held liable for any injuries sustained in an accident, depending on the circumstances of your case. Some of the most common construction site accidents include falling from scaffolding, exposure to contaminants or toxic chemicals, unsafe or improper use of dangerous equipment, electrocution caused by faulty wiring, or being struck by heavy equipment.

Determining Liability

In some cases, liability might fall upon the construction site landowner, depending on the amount of control he or she might have over the construction site. If the landowner relinquishes control of the property to a contractor during construction, however, he or she cannot be held legally liable. If a contractor has control of the property during construction, he or she has an obligation to ensure the safety of all employees. This means the premises should be reasonably safe and any dangers or hazards must be made known to all employees, so they can safely perform their duties.

However, if injuries were caused by a defective part or dangerous design in a machine or piece of equipment, none of the aforementioned parties would be held responsible for an employee’s injuries. Instead, responsibility would fall upon the manufacturer of the equipment.

Regardless of who might be responsible for your injuries, it is critical to seek the experienced legal advice of a personal injury attorney to help guide you through what can oftentimes become a rather complex and confusing situation. If you choose to handle this yourself, you risk the possibility of an insurance company attempting to take advantage of you in an effort to keep you from obtaining the compensation you deserve.

Charleston Construction Accident Attorneys

At Pierce, Sloan, Kennedy & Early LLC, our team of Charleston attorneys make it a priority to keep our clients informed of their rights and legal options as they move forward with their case, answering any questions they might have along the way. If you were injured while working on a construction site, reach out to our firm today to obtain the representation you deserve.

Call us at (843) 968-0886 to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our team.

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