Whether you are holding a nail gun or driving a fork lift, construction equipment can cause serious harm if it doesn’t work properly. If the tools provided to you on a construction job caused your injury, you might wonder who is responsible. How do you know whether to sue the company that made the equipment, or the person who provided it to you?

To figure out who might be liable for your damages, you’ll want to find out what caused the equipment to hurt you. Did your injury happen because of a design defect, or was it poor upkeep? The answer to this question can show you who might be responsible.

Injury due to a design flaw

Manufacturers can be held responsible for injuries caused by defective or dangerous products. If a ladder can’t support your weight and collapses underneath you, it might be due to a design defect or manufacturing error. You may be able to seek damages from the company that made the ladder.

Malfunction because of poor maintenance

If the ladder worked perfectly normally but ended up broken, the owner of that ladder has a responsibility to fix it before you use it. It doesn’t matter whether the ladder belongs to your employer or the owner of the property you are working on—it must be labeled as dangerous and not used until it is fixed.

Construction injuries might leave you unable to work. Medical bills can make your financial situation even worse. You might be worried about how you’re going to handle the cost of your injury.

You have the right to seek compensation for your injury. No matter who is at fault, you might be able to recover damages for your lost wages, treatment costs and emotional pain. An attorney can help investigate the cause of your accident and figure out who you might be able to hold liable.