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How do you determine liability for a construction site injury?

Construction projects in Massachusetts, whether they are small projects or major commercial developments or highway construction, have a lot of working parts. Construction workers often face various dangers and hazards in that work environment. It could be the outside elements, working at great heights or working near or with large equipment and tools. If proper training and safety equipment are not provided, this could result in a serious or even fatal construction site injury.

While the construction industry is crucial for society, it is also one that results in construction workers suffering major injuries. While some causes of work site accidents are obvious, such as faulty equipment or employer negligence, others are rather complex. This can make it difficult to discern who is liable for the injuries and damages suffered by a construction worker.

How do you determine liability for a construction site injury? When it comes to determining cause and liability, it is important to assess the regulations governing that construction site or type of construction. If an employer is not complying with state and federal health and safety regulations or occupational regulations, this could help prove liability.

It is also important to consider the management of the construction project. There could be various contractors and subcontractors, making it challenging to determine who is at fault or if all parties could be held accountable. In these matters, it is important to determine what degree of responsibility and control was given over a certain area of the project that led to the injury.

Once cause and liability are sorted out, it is crucial that an injured worker consider ways to address the losses and damages incurred by the incident. Workers' compensation is a benefit afforded to injured workers, helping them offset financial hardships caused by medical bills and lost wages.

Source: Injury.findlaw.com, "Construction Injury Overview," accessed April 25, 2016

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