Construction sites are dangerous places where serious injuries regularly occur. Both private citizens and construction workers on the site can experience serious, life-changing injuries due to even a minor oversight. If a construction accident results in serious injuries, you will likely require immediate medical attention, which isn’t only expensive but also requires you to take time away from work. The end result is that construction accidents not only cause victims to suffer physical injuries but can also cause long-term financial hardship.
At the Neumann Law Group, our principal, Kelly Neumann, is an award-winning injury lawyer with extensive experience handling construction accidents. Ms. Neumann has consistently settled more than $3 million in personal injury cases each year for the past several years. Our Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Traverse City construction accident lawyers are ready to get to work on your behalf.Construction Site Injuries Impacting Private Citizens
If you are a private citizen injured on a construction site, you may be able to sue the construction company, and possibly also the owner of the site, for negligence. You will need to prove a duty of care, a breach of duty, causation, and actual damages. As a private citizen, your ability to recover damages under a premises liability theory depends on your status as a visitor.
Under the legal theory of premises liability, landowners owe a duty to use reasonable care to protect people legally on their property from unreasonable risks of harm based on dangerous conditions about which they know or reasonably should know. However, a lesser duty is owed to trespassers.Construction Worker Injuries
If you are a construction worker who is injured in a workplace accident may be your exclusive remedy against your own employer, you may be able to sue another individual or entity that is liable for your injuries, provided they are not your employer.Who Is Liable for Construction Accidents?
Usually, a principal contractor is not liable for negligent acts or intentional torts committed by independent contractors (or subcontractors) they employ. However, there are exceptions in which you can sue a principal or general contractor. The common work area liability theory allows you to sue for injuries that you sustain due to a dangerous condition or defect that exists in a work area that a number of workers share on a construction site. A general contractor may be liable for failing to implement safety measures to avoid observable and serious risks of injuries in areas where multiple workers are active.
To recover under the common work area liability theory, you would need to prove that the defendant is a general contractor who had supervisory and coordinating authority over the construction site, you were injured in a common work area that is shared by employees of more than one subcontractor, there was a readily observable danger in the common work area that could have been avoided, and it created a great degree of risk to many workers.Contact an Experienced Construction Accident Attorney in Grand Rapids, Traverse City, or Detroit
At the Neumann Law Group, we offer experienced legal representation to construction site accident victims. If you suffered serious harm at a work site, our construction accident attorneys are immediately available to listen to what happened and clearly explain your options. Our Traverse City personal injury lawyers represent injured people in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Wyoming, Saginaw, Muskegon, Midland, Holland, Dearborn, Warren, Petoskey, and communities throughout the Upper Peninsula. Our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys also can assist victims in Massachusetts and California. Contact us at 800-525-NEUMANN or via our online form to schedule a free consultation. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless and until we can connect you with the compensation you deserve.