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What You Should Know About the More Common Construction Accidents in Florida

If you are a construction worker who has recently sustained an injury while on the job, you may be entitled to compensation. Here is everything you need to know about the more common construction accidents in Florida and what to do if you are injured.

Common Causes of Construction Accidents

Construction accidents can prove complicated because there can ultimately be several liable parties involved. We find that the liable party for these injuries is a negligent supervisor or management in many cases. However, other injuries can be caused by defective equipment.

No matter how you are injured on the job, there is a good chance you are entitled to compensation for those injuries and other damages.

What to Do After a Construction Accident

If you have been injured at your construction job, you should immediately notify your supervisor. If anyone witnessed the accident, it is imperative that you collect their name and contact information. You should also take photos of the area where the accident happened and the conditions that may have caused the accident.

You also need to seek medical attention immediately. This step is important when it comes to filing your compensation claim. Once this is done, contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you navigate what can prove to be an overly complicated process.

Workers’ Compensation vs Third Party Claims

In many cases, an injured construction worker can obtain workers’ compensation benefits, which will help cover the cost of their medical bills and lost wages. However, workers’ compensation benefits may not always be enough. When this happens, the injured party can file a third-party claim.
When you file a third-party claim, you are essentially suing a third party for the injuries rather than your employer. Additionally, you can also sue manufacturers, property owners, and independent contractors.

Liability for Construction Accidents

Some of the more common construction site accidents include falling debris, heavy equipment, elevated heights, chemicals, fires, explosions, and physical exertion. Common injuries include traumatic brain injuries, lacerations, paralysis, severed limbs or appendages, spinal cord injuries, fractures, burns, and even death.

When determining who is liable for construction site injuries, you must consider the location of the accidents, the conditions at the time of the accident, and the equipment involved.

You must also determine if the equipment was being used properly at the time and if management was present. Most of the time, an employer is blamed for these injuries.

However, if the injury was caused by a third party like a safety manager, contractor, subcontractor, construction site foreman, architect, or engineer, then a third-party claim may need to be filed.

If you have recently been injured on a construction site, you may be entitled to compensation. Seek counsel from an experienced personal injury attorney who understands the process and knows what needs to be done so you can recover compensation.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

What You Should Know About the More Common Construction Accidents in Florida

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
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