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Updated: 6/17/2003 5:49 pm
Injuries that take place on a construction site generally involve employees or contractors and are handled as workers' compensation claims. In some cases, if the injury is caused by negligence on the part of the general contractor, the building site owner, or by some party other than the actual employer, an additional suit may be filed against that company. There are strict federal and state regulations concerning safety on construction sites, and any failure on the part of the site owner or contractor to observe these regulations may provide grounds for a liability suit. This is also the case if the injury was caused by a product defect or an equipment design fault, in which case a product liability lawsuit may be able to be filed. Since workers' compensation generally only covers medical expenses and loss of wages, an additional lawsuit may enable an injured person to claim additional compensation for pain and suffering. Other construction cases may involve people injured while simply passing by a construction site. In such cases, the site owner and contractor may be found liable as a result of violations of safety regulations, insufficient warnings to passers by, or other negligence. Construction and contracting companies are obliged by law to exercise due diligence in providing adequate warning signage, and in taking any other reasonable steps to protect the safety of workers on site and passers by. If you've been involved in an accident on a construction site, contact an attorney.

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