Liability in Construction Accidents in Middlesex County, NJ
Workers on construction sites are entitled to protection from harm due to reckless or careless errors. When they happen, these types of mistakes are commonly known as negligent errors. A negligence accident occurs when a person or business fails to use reasonable care under the circumstances to avoid causing reasonable harm to a foreseeable victim.
This means that construction workers, contractors, subcontractors, and other individuals at a worksite could be negligence if they unnecessarily expose others to an avoidable risk of harm. This includes the “fatal four” type of accidents such as dropping a tool from a height, electrocutions, improperly building or supporting scaffolding, or causing crushing accidents.
It is not only the individual person who causes the damages that could be liable. If the negligent individual who caused a worker’s bodily harm was employed by a business, that business may be liable under the doctrine of respondeat superior. This doctrine generally allows a victim to hold a business liable for the negligent actions of an employee within the scope of their duties.