Determining Liability in a Construction Accident
Because being a construction worker is one of the most dangerous occupations in America construction accidents are a fairly common occurrence. Thousands of workers suffer all kinds of construction accident injuries on job sites, ranging from falls and electrocutions to being injured due to interactions with large pieces of equipment and all types of human error.
The Challenge For A Construction Accident Lawyer
If a worker is injured or killed on a job site, they or their heirs may be compensated if negligence can be proven against one or more parties.
The challenge for a construction accident lawyer is to determine who is actually liable for the accident. At a large job site, there may be many possible accountable parties:
The General Contractor
When a property owner turns over the management of a job site to a general contractor, the contractor then assumes responsibility for the safety of workers on site.
A general contractor will normally retain several specialist sub-contractors to perform certain functions, such as electrical, steelwork, concrete or plumbing services. The sub-contractors bear a certain degree of responsibility for job site safety as well.
Engineers and Architects
If a project is designed and poorly planned on the drawing boards, that could translate into problems when the project is actually being built. Engineers and architects can be held liable for project shortcomings in instances such as these.
Manufacturers of backhoes, bulldozers, cranes and largemachinery must design and build products that can safely be used on job sites. When faulty equipment is put into service and injuries or death results, manufacturers can also be held liable as well.
With so many different parties involved in a job site, it is easy to see why when determining who is actually at fault and to what degree can take years to figure out.
Work With A Baton Rouge Construction Accident Lawyer
Williamson Fontenot Campbell & Whittington, LLC proudly serves Baton Rouge and nearby Louisiana communities. The construction accident lawyers at WFCW can help you to determine who is liable and how best to approach a construction accident lawsuit.