Q Who’s to blame if a construction accident killed my husband?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, construction is one of the most dangerous professions in the United States. Faulty machinery, unpredictable demolitions, risks of electrocution, and falling injuries are all common dangers that construction workers must face on a regular basis.
However, to pay the bills—these risks must be taken. Your husband assures you that safety protocols are in place and that he is always cautious. Therefore, he goes to work every day, leaving you hoping that he will return unscathed. But what happens if he doesn’t? What will you do, and who is to blame?
Guilty Parties of Construction Site Deaths
Unfortunately, even with strict safety regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, thousands of fatal construction accidents occur every year as a result of incompetence and neglect.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that approximately 900 construction employees die each year—leaving their families wondering what really happened. Regrettably, discovering where the guilt and truth lie can become complicated due to the numerous parties involved.
Construction sites generally have multiple companies involved within a single project where liability can be placed. Depending on the type of accident, an experienced lawyer can argue that fault can ultimately lie with one or more of the following:
- Equipment manufacturer. If the cause of the fatal accident was a result of faulty, broken, or damaged equipment—including machinery, scaffolding, and construction tools.
- Contractor. If a contractor fails to keep workers safe, is oblivious to possible dangers, or deliberately puts them in harms way, an accident that results from his incompetence can be considered his fault.
- Construction site owner. When a construction site isn’t properly maintained, or equipped with proper safety protocols, the owner of that site can easily be blamed for accidents.
- Construction worker. When an accident is a direct result of human error, he could be liable for damages as well as prosecuted for involuntary manslaughter.
- Employer. Improper training, maintenance, and upkeep of employees, machinery, and safety protocols can lead to tragic accidents in which an employer will be subject to blame.
Getting Help Building a Better Future
Dealing with the loss of a loved one can feel like a complete emotional collapse, broken by grief, confusion, and uncertainty. Although everyone handles grief differently, you can still use a helping hand to get the answers they need to start rebuilding their future. That’s where we come in. Contact us today for a free consultation about your rights to pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of your loved one’s tragedy. Your family doesn’t deserve to be left in the aftermath of someone else’s poor decisions. Call now to get the support and justice you deserve.
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