If you have recently had construction work performed on your home or you live in a new high-rise apartment building that was just constructed, you are probably enjoying the views and new appliances. However, what happens when you become injured due to faulty pipes, poor construction work, or unsecured heavy objects? Construction contractors are responsible for building your home and ensuring it is safe for you to live in prior to giving you the okay to move in. If your home is not safe and you become injured, you can hold the contractor liable for negligent acts in a personal injury case.
Many personal injury cases are filed due to construction defects and other issues that arise once construction is completed. Below, we will explore some important things you should know about your personal injury case.
What Kind of Accident Can Cause a Personal Injury?
There are many types of construction accidents that can cause an injury–from a block falling and hitting you in the head to falling over a balcony because the wall was not high enough. Any type of injury that could have been prevented by the contractor is considered a personal injury and you can receive compensation for it.
Who Is at Fault in a Construction Accident?
Determining who is at fault may take a bit more than looking at the surface. While you may be quick to blame the contractor, it is possible that the contractor is not the one at fault. Often, engineers, architects, and third party vendors are responsible for accidents that occur after a construction job is completed. Once you have determined who is at fault, you can begin your personal injury claim.
What Must You Do When Damage or Injury Occurs?
According to the Nevada Chapter 40 Actions and Proceeding in Particular Cases Concerning Property, or NRS Chapter 40, you are required to notify the contractor of the problem. You must give the contractor the opportunity to fix the problem before you can seek court action against them for any damages or personal injury cases. The contractor should fix the damage in a reasonable amount of time to provide you with a safe residence. If a contractor is notified by a third party or one of their subcontractors about a defect in the property, the contractor must let the residents or owner of the property know immediately.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
If you are injured due to the negligence or oversight of a contractor, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages sustained. You should hire a personal injury lawyer right away to discuss the process with them and go over your case. You should document and take pictures of your injuries or damage to show the extent. Construction workers and contractors have a duty to protect residents from unsafe buildings and structures. When they fail to do so, they may cause serious injuries or death to you or your loved ones.