Harmed By A Neighbor's Contractor?
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Aug 23, 2011 in Advice
Who's liable for an injury caused by a contractor working on someone else's property? What if debris from a neighbor's home, or power lines get knocked by a backhoe onto your property, causing you or someone else to be hurt on your property? Who's at fault?
In general, a contractor has to keep liability insurance, and is responsible for the safety of a job site. While it could be very helpful for the purpose of harmony in your neighborhood if you approach your neighbor to inform them that you have no hard feelings toward them—you just need reparations for your injuries—it is important to speak with a personal injury attorney first, and carefully document any conditions on the site which led to your injury.
Take pictures, save your medical reports, and get the business card or other contact information of any emergency personnel or utility workers who come to the scene of the accident.
Call an Indiana personal injury lawyer for a free consultation, and they'll walk you through the workings of personal injury law in the state, as well as help you to figure out the different players in the case and what the next step will be. It can be difficult enough to sort through medical expenses and try to get well, in addition to moving along with your daily life, but it's important to stay calm, consult with a legal expert, and put your best foot forward. You owe it to yourself.