Construction site accidents can have a variety of causes, and more than one party may be liable for any injuries caused by an accident. A recent construction accident in Danbury shows the importance and complexity of identifying the responsible party.

According to newspaper reports, a construction worker suffered a head injury when he was struck by a concrete truck pump boom. Preliminary reports state that the boom malfunctioned, although the exact nature of the malfunction was not described. At this point, the accident raises more questions than it answers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has commenced an investigation because the accident occurred on a construction site.

One of the first questions is the identity of the injured man’s employer. The employer will be required to pay workers’ compensation benefits regardless of which party is at fault. Next, what was the nature of the defect that caused the accident? Was the boom truck owned or operated by an entity other than the injured person’s employer? If so, that party may bear liability if the accident was caused by inadequate maintenance of the boom or poor training or supervision of the boom operator. Or perhaps the boom truck was rented by a subcontractor whose employee was not trained in how to operate the boom?

Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a construction accident whose exact cause may be unclear may wish to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney for an evaluation of the case. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide a useful evaluation of the case and the law and facts that will determine its outcome. If the accident was the fault of a party other than the employee’s employer, a capable workers’ compensation attorney can provide advice on both recovering workers’ compensation benefits and commencing a third-party action against the responsible party.

Source: NBCConnecticut.com, “Man Injured in Construction Accident in Danbury,” Jan. 11, 2018