The construction industry is consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous professions in the United States and is normally in the top two for the amount of fatal injuries. In addition to fatalities facing construction workers, they also face a much higher risk of sustaining injuries in general. While some injuries are obvious what is not always clear is who is responsible for a construction site accident and injury.
There are numerous complex liability issues anytime there is a construction accident. Therefore, after an accident you should not wait to contact an attorney who can help you recoup for your losses. For more than twenty years Ken Kieklak has been representing injured workers throughout Arkansas.
Causes of Construction Accidents
Determining who or what was responsible for an construction accident is not always as clear as we would hope, which can make establishing liability in a construction accident an uphill task. However, do not be discouraged we have the experience and qualifications to help you in your construction injury case.
Common construction site accidents include:
- Scaffolding falls
- Electric shocks
- Chemical spills
- Crane accidents
- Falling materials, such as rock or brick
- Head, neck and spinal cord injuries
There are many ways a worker may be injured while working as part of a construction crew. For example, workers who are required to climb tall ladders may fall, or a worker could be struck by a large piece of machinery, and still other workers may be subject to repetitive stress injuries. No case is too large or difficult for our office.
Who Can be Held Liable for Construction Accident Injuries?
Construction sites are normally very active, with workers buzzing about, contractors, managers, and of course heavy equipment moving around. However, it is not always clear who is responsible for an accident and who can be held liable for an accident after it occurs. Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law is familiar with the construction industry and understand that despite this line of work being dangerous it does not mean that you should be left injured and without help. We will work with you to discover who is liable for your injury and have the knowledge and experience to bring a case on your behalf. After years of representing injured workers throughout Arkansas and here in Springdale we have worked to establish liability for the following parties:
Construction Site Owners – In these cases, liability for a construction site accident often depends on the amount and degree of control that the site owner has over the construction site and or the premises. This is measured in light of the amount of control over the actual work being performed.
General and Sub-Contractors – Under OSHA guidelines both general contractors and sub-contractors have a duty to provide workers with a reasonably safe construction site. In addition to this, they also have a duty to warn of any hazards or hazardous conditions on the site. For example, a general or subcontractor would have to warn construction workers that they were working with a hazardous material such as asbestos. General and subcontractors also are responsible for ensuring that work is being performed safely and that all safety regulations are being followed. When an injury on a construction site occurs, the failure of a contractor or subcontractor to perform these duties may allow an injured worker the opportunity to seek compensation for their losses.
Prime Contractors – Prime contractors are a crucial part of many construction sites. Generally, a prime contractor is responsible only for a specific task that is normally identified in a written contract. However, in some instances they will delegate work to subcontractors, however they can be held liable if there are injuries during their tasks.
Architects and Engineers – In many construction sites you will not see the architects and engineers responsible for making the construction plans, however, in some instances and on some construction projects these parties will be on sight. In those instances, the architects and engineers have a duty to observe progress and ensure compliance with plans and relevant code regulations. To determine whether an architect or engineer may be liable for an injury, it is necessary to establish which duties were outlined by their contract with the construction company.
Manufacturers – Any party in the chain of distribution of a defective product, including manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers, may be held liable if a defect in their product causes an injury.
Contact Springdale Construction Accident Attorney Ken Kieklak Today
Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law is familiar with the inherent dangers facing construction workers.
For more than 20 years Ken Kieklak has stood up for hard-working people who have been injured through no fault of their own. To schedule your free and confidential personal injury consultation call (479) 316-0438 or contact us online.