Contractor negligence is just about every homeowner’s nightmare. There are entire websites dedicated to rating and reviewing contractor performance and safety. We hope to get word-of-mouth recommendations from friends. Fewer things are scarier than inviting a contractor in to do serious structural work on your home. At the very least, we expect these contractors to be safe and deliver a finished product as promised. Unfortunately, that just isn’t always the case. What if somebody gets injured due to a contractor’s negligence? What if there’s an equipment accident or the work isn’t done up to code? There are so many possible ‘what if’ situations where home improvement and construction are involved. If you or somebody you love has been the victim of contractor negligence, contact an experienced personal injury attorney about your case as soon as possible.
Where contractors and construction are concerned, negligence is just about any type of action or lack of action that results in a failure to use or apply a reasonable duty of care. In a legal sense, negligence happens when that action or inaction leads to damage or injury to another person. When you hire a contractor, you expect a reasonable duty of care that is congruent with a professional level of construction. You expect for the jobsite to be safe. You expect for all laborers and subcontractors to be safe, well trained and competent. When a contractor fails to meet even the most basic of standards, such as the reasonable duty of care owed to you, and somebody gets hurt or damage to a structure occurs, that contractor could be held liable. Listed below are a few various types of contractor negligence.
Various Types of Contractor Negligence
- Lack of safety training for employees and workers
- Negligent selection of laborers
- Inadequate supervision of workers
- Poor instruction for employees
- Lack of communication between workers and subcontractors
- Defective construction
- Lack of safety gear for laborers
- Equipment accidents
- Subcontracting out particularly dangerous or technical work
- Inadequate experience
- Delegating inappropriate tasks to untrained workers
- Failure to obtain required permits
- Failing to observe and follow all safety regulations
- Improper charges
- Reckless behavior
- Cutting corners to cut costs on materials and labor
- Lack of safety equipment on the jobsite
One of the most serious problems associated with contractor negligence is a lack of safety on the workplace. Nothing is scarier than a contractor who cuts corners where safety is concerned. Not only does that put workers, laborers, employees and other professionals at risk, it puts their families at risk of losing a loved one and an important income earner. If you or somebody you love has been injured on the jobsite because of a negligent contractor, you need to get in touch with a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your case.
What About Subcontractors?
In many cases, subcontractors can be held liable for damages due to negligence. Contractors have a duty to ensure all jobs on their projects are done safely. Subcontractors also have a duty to ensure their worksites are safe and all jobs are done to specifications and safety regulations. Just because a job has been subcontracted out, that doesn’t mean that the quality or safety standards should fall. In some cases, the general contractor can also be held liable, even if the initial negligence occurred at the subcontractor level. If there is a question about negligence and liability surrounding subcontractors, you need to speak with your personal injury attorney immediately.
Another huge problem homeowners face is damage to property. If your contractor or subcontractor was negligent in any way during the construction process, there’s a good chance you could be looking at damage to property. This is an especially large problem with buildings or projects aren’t up to code. Not only can this cause thousands of dollars in damage to your property, it can also be a safety issue. Whether it was roof work, a bathroom addition or a kitchen remodel, you expect your contractor to deliver on at least a minimum of safety standards and a reasonable duty of care.
When to Call a Personal Injury Lawyer
A negligent contractor or subcontractor can be a nightmare. The last thing you need is to be wondering how you’re going to pay for property damage or medical bills. If you or somebody you love has been injured or suffered property damage due to contractor negligence in the Jackson Metro Area or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for an immediate free case consultation.
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