Who Is Liable for a Construction Accident?

If you were recently injured in a construction accident, you may have the legal right to multiple forms of financial compensation. When a construction accident happens, there are numerous individuals or entities who could be considered legally responsible for what occurred.

The reliable legal team at OnderLaw can provide the vigilant advocacy and tireless legal representation you require from day one of your case. Our trusted construction accident attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve to heal and move forward from your injuries while fighting to ensure all responsible parties are held accountable for their negligent actions that hurt you.

Potentially Responsible Parties for Construction Accidents

Factors that may lead to an assessment of liability in a construction accident case include:

  • The chain of events that led to the accident
  • The party or parties who were in control of the job site
  • Any equipment or machinery that was in use at the time
  • The presence of any hazards or dangerous conditions on the site
  • Whether or not someone failed to observe their legal duty of care

Construction accidents tend to involve many moving parts and parties, with responsibility for specific sections of the job site falling to specific crews and companies. As a result, determining liability in construction accidents tends to be complex. Potentially responsible parties could range from contractors and subcontractors to one or more construction companies to members of the crew.

Common causes of accidents on construction sites include:

  • Falling debris
  • Poor safety measures
  • Collapsed structures
  • Machinery incidents
  • Inadequate protective equipment and training

We can investigate liability for your injuries by reviewing incident reports, evidence, witness statements, and other details that could show whether a person or company’s actions or negligence may have caused your construction site incident.

Recovering Compensation for Construction Accident Injuries

Most companies in Missouri are required to carry workers’ compensation coverage, and construction companies have to provide these benefits even if they have just one employee. So, you may be owed some form of workers’ compensation benefits through your employer for the injuries you have suffered.

Workers’ compensation benefits can pay for short- or long-term disability benefits, depending on the nature and extent of your injury, as well as your medical bills. Short- or long-term disability benefits would be based on 66 2/3 percent of your average weekly earnings, subject to certain state caps. However, employers and their insurance companies frequently try to deny or devalue these claims or even say that the injury is unrelated to work. Our proactive team of attorneys at OnderLaw can help you collect the medical evidence and other supporting documentation required to bolster a rock-solid case for any workers’ compensation benefits that apply to your claim.

While you typically can’t sue your employer for injuries sustained on the job, if a third party played a role in your construction accident, the good news is nothing prevents you from filing a lawsuit against them. A personal injury lawsuit could help you collect compensation for your pain, suffering, and other losses that workers’ comp doesn’t address sufficiently.

We Can Investigate Who Is Liable for Your Recent Construction Accident

Time limitations apply to workers’ compensation and personal injury claims, so it is wise to promptly speak with an attorney about protecting your legal rights. Although you have two years to file a formal workers’ compensation claim in Missouri, you have just 30 days to notify your employer when you are injured on the job.

In terms of personal injury claims, multiple factors can impact the filing deadline, but most cases must be filed no later than five years from the date of the accident. Our experienced construction accident lawyers at OnderLaw can explain your rights to workers’ compensation coverage or personal injury compensation. We can get to work investigating liability for your construction accident and all forms of financial recovery available.

Contact OnderLaw today to schedule your confidential and free case review with a trusted construction site injury attorney.