When you work in a regulated sector of the construction industry, on an official job, your boss should have all the necessary insurance documents to provide you with medical care and ongoing help if you suffer an accident.
But many construction jobs don’t work this way. If work has been hard to come by and you’re strapped for cash, you may be tempted to take on casual jobs which offer cash in hand. If this happens, and you’re injured whilst working, are you eligible for any protection at all?
The answer is yes. Even if you’re not working to a formal contract, you have rights – the same rights as any member of the public on a construction site. Even if you can’t prove that you were hired to work there, and your boss denies it, your boss may be liable for you having been on the site (and therefore vulnerable to injury) in the first place.
Unless adequate notices were posted up warning you that it was a dangerous place to be, you may be able to make a claim regarding the hazard you were subjected to.
Construction accident lawyers specialize in helping people in all sectors of the industry. They realize that many people need to resort to casual work and, whilst they are naturally unable to condone it, they can help you to find ways of claiming for damages even in this situation.
They can advise you on finding witnesses to help identify unscrupulous bosses and they can make use of laws designed to stop ordinary members of the public from being placed at risk.
If you don’t have a contract which enables you to prove that your boss made you do dangerous work, that means you don’t have a contract which licensed your boss to ask you to enter a hazardous area or work with machinery not normally used by the public.
If you’ve been injured and it wasn’t your fault, it doesn’t matter why you were on the construction site, so you don’t need to worry that your working practices will get you in trouble. Construction accident lawyers are there to help anyone who needs it, and they’re there for you.