If you are a construction worker who was recently injured at work, you may be entitled to compensation. Here’s everything you need to know about the most common construction accidents in Florida and what to do if you’re injured.
Common causes of construction accidents
Construction accidents can prove to be complicated because several liable parties can end up involved. We find that in many cases the liable party for these violations is a negligent supervisor or management. However, other injuries can be caused by defective equipment.
Regardless of how you get injured at work, there’s a good chance you’re entitled to compensation for those injuries and other damages.
What to do after a construction accident?
If you were injured while doing construction work, you should notify your supervisor immediately. If anyone witnessed the accident, it is imperative that you record their name and contact information. Also take photos of the scene of the accident and the circumstances that may have caused the accident.
You must also see a doctor immediately. This step is important when it comes to making your claim for compensation. Once that’s done, contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you navigate this potentially overly complicated process.
Workers Compensation vs. Third Party Claims
In many cases, an injured construction worker can receive industrial injury benefits to help defray the cost of their medical bills and lost wages. However, occupational accident insurance is not always sufficient. In this case, the injured party can file a third-party action.
When you bring a third party lawsuit, you are essentially suing a third party for the injuries and not your employer. You can also sue manufacturers, owners, and independent contractors.
Liability for construction accidents
Some of the most common construction site accidents include falling debris, heavy equipment, heights, chemicals, fires, explosions and physical exertion. Common injuries include traumatic brain injury, lacerations, paralysis, severed limbs or limbs, spinal cord injuries, fractures, burns, and even death.
When determining liability for jobsite damage, you must consider the location of the accident, the conditions at the time of the accident, and the equipment involved.
You must also determine whether the equipment was being used properly at the time and whether management was present. Most of the time, an employer is held responsible for these injuries.
However, if the breach was caused by a third party such as a safety manager, contractor, subcontractor, site manager, architect or engineer, a third party lawsuit may need to be filed.
If you were recently injured at a construction site, you may be entitled to compensation. Get advice from an experienced personal injury attorney who understands the process and what needs to be done to ensure you can receive compensation.