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August 7, 2020

Who Is Responsible for My Construction Accident in New Orleans?

Working in construction is a dangerous job. Accidents can happen on construction sites because of negligence, and workers can suffer severe injuries. Although workers compensation insurance financially protects some employees, not all construction workers have that protection. Even if you’re protected under workers comp, there are some situations in which you can sue for your injuries.

It’s important to know who or what caused your construction accident in New Orleans. Identifying the at-fault party will help you determine how best to move forward with your case. If you need help proving negligence, you can speak with a New Orleans construction accident lawyer from Smiley Law Firm, LLC.

A Product Manufacturer

If you’re injured on a construction site because of a defective product, such as a faulty nail gun or a defective tractor, then you can sue the manufacturer of the product for damages. You can bypass workers comp in these situations because a third party caused your injuries.

The Property Owner

If you’re injured on the construction site because the property owner was negligent in removing or warning workers of a hazard, then it’s possible to sue the property owner under premises liability law. Liability of the property owner will depend on how much control the owner has over the construction site, so it’s important to discuss your case with an experienced attorney. 

The Contractor

Contractors of construction sites have an obligation to keep workers safe under the guidelines of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). Contractors must also hire employees who are competent enough to perform the job safely. A contractor may be held liable if you’re injured because of negligence by another worker or because of unidentified hazards on the job site. 

Contact a New Orleans Construction Accident Attorney

Suing for a construction accident can be complex. It’s important to speak with a lawyer so you can prove negligence and file your claim correctly. To schedule a free consultation with a New Orleans construction accident lawyer from Smiley Law Firm, LLC, fill out the contact form below or call 504-894-9653.

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