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How to Determine Construction Accident Liability


Construction jobs are one of the ten most dangerous careers in the United States according to 2018 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Injuries are frequent on construction sites, yet it can be difficult to determine who was responsible for them when it comes time to file for workers’ compensation. This is because construction sites are full of moving parts and may involve many different people and companies working together in one place.

If you or a loved one is hurt while working on a construction site, it’s important to understand who is liable when you file a claim in order to maximize your benefits. Our Fort Worth construction accident lawyers can help.

Who Is Responsible for a Construction Accident?

The entities who are typically fully or partially responsible for a construction accident are:

  • The owner of the property where construction is taking place
  • Contractors and/or subcontractors
  • Engineers
  • Electricians
  • Architects
  • An equipment manufacturer, if the accident was caused by an equipment malfunction or defect
  • The scaffolding company
  • One or more insurance companies

Construction accidents can be minor, but they can also result in catastrophic injuries, permanent disfigurement or disability, and even wrongful death. Therefore, it is crucial to know who or what caused your accident when you file for workers’ compensation benefits. Those benefits may be your only way to maintain a sustainable lifestyle after your accident, but they may be denied if you don’t have a clear picture of how exactly you were hurt.

Determining liability can be a difficult task, which is where hiring a lawyer comes in. An experienced construction accident attorney who understands Texas workers’ compensation laws can help you sort out your incident, file the necessary paperwork, and get you the compensation you are entitled to. A lawyer will investigate the scene of the accident to determine what happened to cause your injuries. Having a lawyer by your side throughout the process is especially beneficial if you are trying to recover from serious injuries while filing a claim at the same time.

If you have suffered an injury from a construction accident in Fort Worth or anywhere else in Texas, contact us at the Law Office of James M. Stanley. We can help you successfully gain workers’ compensation benefits while you focus on recovery. Request a free consultation to learn more.

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