Oklahoma Construction Accident FAQs
How do I assert my rights to a safe workplace?
If you feel that your workplace is unsafe, your first step should be to make your site supervisor aware of the danger, then follow up in writing. If you are unsuccessful in getting the safety hazard corrected, you can file a complaint at the nearest OSHA office.
If I am injured while working on an Oklahoma construction site,
can I get more than just workers' compensation?
Your financial recovery against your employer may be affected by workers' compensation laws, but other parties may be legally responsible for your injuries, including contractors, property owners, or equipment manufacturers. Your recovery from those parties will not be affected by workers' compensation laws.
Who is liable if a person is injured by debris from a construction site
while walking on a public sidewalk next to that site?
In some situations, the victim will be able to recover damages from the construction company, which has a duty to take reasonable steps to keep public sidewalks near its construction site free from debris. If the company fails to remove such obstructions and someone trips and falls, the company may be liable. Construction companies should also tell pedestrians they could get injured if they stray from the sidewalk. If a company fails to place barriers and warning lamps by a building pit, for example, it may be responsible if anyone falls into it and gets injured.
Is it necessary for someone to witness
my construction accident in order to sue?
No. If your version of the construction accident, at the site, in the hospital and in testimony and no one has directly contradicted your statements, you may still be able to recover money damages for your injuries even though there were no witnesses.
I was injured while working on a large Oklahoma construction project.
Can I sue the person who owns the property?
This depends on the amount of authority over the work that the property owner exercised, and the amount of control he or she had over the property itself when the injury occurred. The property owner may be liable for some or all of your injuries.
I was injured on the job, and an investigation
showed that my employer violated OSHA regulations.
Will this help my case?
The answer will depend on whether the violation caused your injury, and where your case is heard. Some courts have held that violation of an OSHA regulation is plain negligence where an injury resulted.
Are all on-the-job injuries covered by workers' compensation?
Most are. The workers' compensation system is designed to provide benefits to injured workers no matter whether an injury is caused by the employer's or employee's negligence. But there are certain limitations.
Who is responsible for making sure
that the construction site where I work is safe?
The property owner, general contractor, and sub-contractors are typically all responsible for ensuring the safety of workers at a construction site. The extent of each party's responsibility will vary depending on your case.
Should I consult an Oklahoma lawyer to discuss my construction injury claim?
Absolutely. Your claim may involve complex issues concerning party liability, compliance with safety regulations, engineering, etc. A lawyer who is experienced in the area of construction accident liability will make sure that you receive the legal remedy to which you may be entitled to.
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