Construction is one of the most hazardous industries to work in. Sure, workers are equipped properly (most of the times, that is) and take all the precaution measures possible, but that doesn’t mean that they are completely on the safe side.
The commonest accidents that lead to injury or even death are: electrocutions, being struck by objects, falling and being crushed by pieces of equipment, vehicles, etc. In certain cases, workers can file lawsuits against the companies they work for, but things aren’t as simple as they might think.
Workers can sue you only if they were injured while 1) wearing the protection equipment and 2) respecting the precaution measures presented to them upon employment.
Why can’t they do this? It’s simple: the accident/injury they’ve suffered was no one’s fault but your very own.
When Can They Sue?
Let’s assume that you’ve hired an electrician and that you didn’t provide him with the necessary isolating equipment or that you failed to assess what voltage he was going to work with: in this case, yes, the worker can easily file a lawsuit against you.
Same thing goes for the following scenarios:
- The vehicles on the construction site were maneuvered by unskilled people that hadn’t been screened in this regard
- Objects that could’ve fallen were not secured into place
- The other employees were not qualified to work on the site and they created a dangerous work environment
- The tools he was given were not suitable for the job
- He was compelled to do a job he wasn’t allowed to do due to a condition/illness
- He was overworked
- He was given a job he wasn’t qualified for
The thing is, whenever construction workers get into accidents and are subsequently injured, they think of filing a lawsuit as quickly as they get up from the ground.
They don’t seem to process the fact that the accident might have occurred because they weren’t careful enough or didn’t care at all about the work procedures. It is very important that workers know when to file lawsuits and when to review their behavior and focus on the construction site.
The main idea is that you will definitely brush off the lawsuit if the one who sues you was injured because he wasn’t wearing the protection equipment or he was trying to impress his coworkers by climbing on a roof without any safety cables on him.
All construction accident attorneys will be on your side.
Being the subject of a lawsuit isn’t very peachy. The slight thought that you might lose your company or credibility (basically one and the same) can do some weird tricks on your mind.
Workers are compelled by law to comply with safety regulations. If they don’t and they get injured, their employer isn’t responsible for their medical costs. Review the facts in the case if you’re sued and get a good lawyer that’s specialized in construction accidents lawsuits. He’ll get you out of the predicament.