Construction sites have amassed a reputation of being one of the most dangerous workplaces in Connecticut. Certainly, the nature of the job itself is hazardous, as it entails using heavy machinery, power tools, and tasks performed at significant heights. There are also instances where someone or an entity other than your employer may be responsible for some of the dangers found on a job site, and in this case, it is possible to file a third-party lawsuit against them.
Understanding a third-party claim
A third-party claim is when you, as the injured worker, pursue a lawsuit against someone other than your supervisor or employer. This could be another contractor working at the job site, a manufacturer of machinery involved in the accident, or any other person or entity whose negligence may have led to your injuries. It is important to note that filing a third-party claim does not absolve your employer from responsibility; you can still pursue a workers’ compensation claim or sue them if they were also partly at fault.
How it works in Connecticut
In Connecticut, filing a third-party lawsuit following construction accidents begins with acknowledging the party responsible for your injury. This could be anyone, including a subcontractor, a machinery manufacturer or even a property owner. Then, you’ll have to gather crucial evidence to substantiate your claim, like photographs of the accident site, medical reports, witness statements, or any other related documents. Simultaneously, it’s important to monitor and document your injuries, treatments, and any associated costs.
With your documentation in order, you can file a lawsuit in the Connecticut civil court. Please remember that Connecticut has a statute of limitations, which generally allows for two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. Moreover, the state uses comparative negligence laws, so the court can take your own negligence into account and adjust the amount of damages you can receive from the claim accordingly.
Understanding the ins and outs of third-party construction claims in Connecticut can be complex, but it’s a crucial step toward securing your rights as a worker. If all goes well, you may receive a settlement that covers your medical costs, lost wages and possible pain and suffering.