When a loved one in Pennsylvania is the victim of a fatal workplace accident, it is usually possible to file a workers' compensation claim. Is also possible to recover damages from other parties? Sometimes it is. This blog post will describe certain kinds of construction injuries and whether parties other than the employer may be liable.
One common injury suffered on a construction site is injuries from falls. Sometimes, falls can be blamed on faulty equipment such as scaffolding, harnesses or ladders. In these cases, depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to hold liable the manufacturer or supplier of the faulty equipment. These parties have a duty to provide reasonably safe equipment. If they breach their duty, they may owe damages to the victim.
Another common construction site injury is injuries from faulty equipment. For example, heavy equipment - such as a forklift - could be improperly manufactured or improperly maintained by a rental company or servicer. Construction sites can be full of potentially faulty equipment, such as nail guns, saws or even dumpsters. In these cases, the negligent party could be liable in a negligence suit. Product liability is one theory under which a liable party could be held responsible under the law.
When a workplace injury results in death, it may be possible to file a wrongful death suit against parties such as equipment manufacturers and suppliers. There may be other liable parties as well. A wrongful death attorney can examine the facts of a situation and make a preliminary estimation of who could be liable and what damages could be available.