Construction work can be dangerous, even if you and everyone else on site with you act as responsibly as possible, and especially if someone near you instead acts with reckless or careless disregard for your safety as well as their own. If you are currently dealing with a serious injury that arose from a situation like this, you likely know all too well how debilitating construction accidents can be not just physically, but also financially and psychologically.
Fortunately, you may have grounds to demand civil restitution for your losses. Our dedicated injury attorneys at Berkowitz Hanna are here to help. From building an evidence-based claim against the specific people to blame for your injuries to identifying and demanding a fair amount of money for all your ensuing damages, a skilled Connecticut construction accident lawyer can be an irreplaceable ally throughout your case.
A large part of construction work involves the manipulation of heavy materials like lumber, stone, and steel with heavy machinery like forklifts and cranes. These materials and machines can pose a serious risk to workers. A substantial number of construction-related injuries in Connecticut involve a worker or site visitor being hit by a falling object, or from falling themselves off of scaffolding or some other high surface. Other examples of construction site accidents that can often be traced back to a specific person’s misconduct include:
In many situations, a lack of proper protective equipment, training, or supervision on-site is a contributing factor or even the primary cause for a construction injury, which could impose civil liability for that injury on various people involved with hiring and managing workers at the site. A Connecticut construction accident attorney can review the circumstances leading up to a specific incident and offer guidance about who might be at fault for it.
While there are a few exceptional circumstances under which a company may hold “strict liability” for producing a defective product or piece of machinery, most construction injury claims center around “negligence.” A negligence claim involves proving through a preponderance of available evidence that a specific reckless or careless act directly led to the accident occurring.
It is often important to be prepared to show that an injured person was not partially at fault for causing their own construction injury through their own negligent behavior. This is because of the “modified comparative fault” system codified under Connecticut General Statutes §52-572h, which prohibits any person who holds over 50 percent of the total fault for their own injury from recovering any civil compensation for that injury. Any lesser share of “comparative fault” held by someone injured in a construction accident can still be held against them as a proportional reduction from their final damage award.
Working with a seasoned construction accident attorney in Connecticut is crucial in avoiding unfair accusations of fault. A lawyer can ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Even if you know that someone else’s negligence is the only reason you are dealing with a serious construction-related injury now, holding them legally liable for their actions can be far from simple or straightforward. Support from an experienced legal team is critical.
You have access to the custom-tailored legal support you need from a dedicated and dependable Connecticut construction accident lawyer at Berkowitz Hanna. Call today to set up your free initial consultation.