The liability of an owner or contractor of a construction project stems from their legal duty to provide a safe work environment. This duty has been extended as far as holding owners and contractors strictly liable for injuries incurred on projects that are considered inherently dangerous, such as demolotion projects.

In order to win a lawsuit for construction liability, a plaintiff must establish:

1. The defendant retained the right to control any part of the work.
2. The defendant was negligent in the manner in which it exercised or failed to exercise its right of control.
3. The plaintiff suffered an injury.
4. The defendant’s negligence proximately caused the plaintiff’s injury.