Complexities of Construction Site Accident Responsibility
Construction sites are often quite complex in terms of determining responsibility. The number of different companies that can share some responsibility for working conditions on the site can be quite large. There may be contractors and sub contractors as well as the landowner, engineers and equipment parts suppliers and manufacturers.
While workers compensation is due to anybody who can prove negligence by their employer, third party claims can be made against any other company that may be shown to be responsible for at least part of the construction site working environment that may have resulted in the accident.
This reinforces the suggestion that any construction site accident victim should seek out an accident attorney as soon as possible. This will ensure that you get the settlement you need.
Comparative Negligence in Portland
The Portland legal system allows for “comparative negligence”. This basically allows for a situation in which both a worker and one of the companies involved in the site both have some degree of responsibility for the accident. The worker is awarded compensation in proportion to the perceived blame attached to him or her. In other words, if the worker is deemed to be 50% responsible for the accident, then he or she will only receive 50% of the compensation that might have been obtained if they were totally innocent.
As with all accidents, the earlier a claim can be initiated, the more likely it will be successful. This is even more important in the case of construction site accidents because the site itself is subject to constant change. This means that evidence that might have been available to help sustain a claim two weeks ago may not be present today.
Typical construction site accident and injuries are due to:
- Falling off scaffolding
- A heavy object falling off a crane
- Inexperienced heavy machinery operators
- Exposed trenches or holes
- Mishandling of welding equipment
- Poor on-site supervision
Fatalities and serious injuries are common on construction sites and include:
- Brain injury
- Broken bones
- Spinal injury
- Neck injury
- Loss of a limb
- Loss of sight and hearing
Compensation for Your Construction Accident Injuries
If you have suffered an injury while on a construction site, you are entitled to seek Workers’ Compensation. This does offer a small amount of money to help to cover your losses but it will not go far enough to compensate you for all your personal suffering and financial hardship. The recovery time for various injuries can vary but in many cases an injury received on a construction site is often far worse than annoying cuts and bruises. A long recovery time will mean putting pressure on your family both financially and emotionally.
At The Law Offices of Jon Friedman, we have had years of experience calculating the financial costs of suffering for victims of construction site accidents, like yourself. If you have been injured on a construction site you should not hesitate to contact us to find out if we think you are entitled to compensation from your employer or another person who was responsible your suffering.