Construction Site Accidents
The personal injury attorneys at Rosenberg McKay Hoffman work to secure compensation for people who have been injured due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of others, including representing construction site workers who are injured on the job because of a negligent third party.
Third Party Liability in Construction Site Accidents
Construction workers face many dangers from industrial accidents at the worksite, including ladder falls, forklift and crane accidents, electrocution, scaffolding accidents, and more. Many people think that workers' compensation is the exclusive recourse for workers injured on the job, but this is not necessarily so. There are many instances when the accident is the fault of a third party not directly connected with the employer. In these cases, the injured worker may file a lawsuit against that third party and recover for the negligent conduct which is responsible for the injury.
There are numerous examples of third party liability on a construction site. If defective products are delivered to the site and cause injury, the injured worker can sue the manufacturer or distributor of the product, whether it was defectively designed, defectively manufactured, or contained inadequate instructions or safety warnings for its safe use. Dangerously unsafe or defective products may include power tools, heavy equipment and machinery, or ladders and scaffolding. Many products should contain automatic shut-offs, safety guards, and warnings around pinch points, hot surfaces, and other danger areas. The lack of proper safety features may render a product defective, and the manufacturer can be strictly liable for damages caused to the employee.
An accident occurring on unsafe premises of another is another example of third party liability. The owner of the site may be responsible for creating or failing to remedy a dangerously unsafe condition, or for failing to provide adequate warnings of dangers it knew or should have known about.
General negligence of third parties is yet another source of liability. For example, a worker may be involved in a car accident while off-site, picking up materials and supplies for instance. Or a third party may drive onto the site to deliver supplies and injure another through careless or reckless driving.
Hawaii Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys
At Rosenberg McKay Hoffman, our lawyers have decades of experience recovering compensation for the injured and their families in personal injury and wrongful death claims. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a construction site accident or other industrial accident, it is worthwhile to discuss what happened with an experienced attorney, who can help you determine whether you have a claim against a third party for negligence. We offer a free initial consultation to help you in this determination. In Hawaii, contact Rosenberg McKay Hoffman.