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Who Is Responsible For My Construction Accident?

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Daniel J. O'Brien
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If you have been injured in a Philadelphia construction accident, there are a number of people who may have played a role in your accident and resultant injuries.

This can include the site's landowner, design and engineering professionals, contractors (including general, prime, and sub-contractors), construction managers, and equipment and material suppliers. Liability will depend on the particular project and the events that led to your specific construction accident.

Remember that if you accept Workers' Compensation after a Philadelphia construction accident, you lose the right to sue your employer or any fellow employees, even if they were directly responsible for your injuries.

Generally speaking, large commercial construction sites involve dozens, or hundreds, of people. Various individuals are employed to manage and delegate responsibility. In accidents on these types of sites, an investigation may be needed to find out who was ultimately responsible for your construction accident.

Depending on who was in control of the site, and the details of the accident, a third-party may be held liable for: 

  • Unsafe work practices;
  • Unsafe equipment;
  • Unsafe working conditions;
  • Failure to control the job site; and/or
  • Product liability.

In many cases, related third parties, such as architects or manufacturers, may also be held responsible for a site's unsafe design or equipment. This is particularly relevant in cases where you are not able to bring a case against your employer, but must instead pursue a third-party lawsuit.

If you have recently been injured in a Pennsylvania construction accident, you may be eligible for compensation in a personal injury claim. Learn more by visiting our article library. 

Hiring a Pennsylvania Injury Lawyer

Recovering from your injuries and returning to your life is much more difficult if you're weighed down with accident-related expenses. A Pennsylvania injury lawyer can help you fight for a fair settlement after a Philadelphia construction accident. Contact White & Williams LLP today for a free, no obligation consultation on your case. 1-877-944-8396

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