Florida Construction Accident Attorneys
The health and safety of employees and visitors at a construction site is critical. A construction accident can jeopardize an affected worker’s health for the rest of their life. The high cost of medical bills and other expenses can make it challenging to make ends meet after a construction injury. Some people may even experience injuries that limit their ability to earn a living wage.
Construction site injuries can be caused by accidents, negligence, willful misconduct, or worker irresponsibility. For example, a collapsed scaffold, crane accident, falling debris, industrial explosion, exposure to a hazardous chemical, or a defective piece of equipment can cause severe injury or death.
Farah & Farah represents construction workers who have been injured at their workplaces. Our Florida personal injury lawyers speak for people who have been hurt while visiting a construction site. Every person on a construction site has a right to expect safe conditions. If you have experienced an injury on a construction site in Florida, contact Farah & Farah for your free, no-obligation case review.
What Happens If an Accident Happens At a Construction Site?
Accidents can occur at construction sites from negligence, defective equipment, lack of training and worker error. Any injuries that occur at the work place need to be reported to a supervisor or the construction manager who will then alert the workers’ compensation insurance company to start a file.
The injured worker will be given the name of a doctor to visit at no charge to the employee. If the injury is extensive enough to require a trip to the emergency room, the construction worker must notify the hospital staff that he or she was injured at work and provide the phone number of the insurance company. Any injury should be reported immediately; however, a construction worker has up to 30 days to report it. The workers’ compensation insurance company needs to authorize any additional medication, tests, hospitalization or rehabilitation. If an employee cannot return to work, he or she will receive either temporary partial or temporary total disability benefits.
Florida workers’ compensation protects the company owner from a lawsuit by the injured worker. However, in certain cases, others can be held accountable if negligence or a defective product was involved.
Causes of Construction Accidents
A construction site usually has many hazards around the premises. These include heavy equipment, dangerous materials, and precarious surfaces. Despite these risks, construction sites can be kept safe with regular safety inspections that prioritize worker welfare.
However, some construction companies bypass following proper safety rules to expedite the project timeline and maximize profit. These negligent companies create unsafe environments that put the health of employees, contractors, property owners, supervisors, and innocent bystanders at stake. Their irresponsibility can cause severe injury or even death.
Here are some common construction accidents:
- Crane accidents
- Electrical accidents
- Falling objects
- Forklift accidents
- Industrial explosion
- Heavy equipment failure/user error
- Improper tool use
- Misuse of safety implements
- Power tool mishaps
- Roofing accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Struck by accidents
- Slip and falls
- Welding accident
Construction Site Accident Injuries
Serious and fatal injuries can happen in any industry. It is up to the property owners and construction managers to ensure the safety of the workers at the site. An injury from a workplace accident can be painful and time-consuming. Injuries from construction accidents include:
Third-Party Liability in Construction Accidents
Although liability for a construction accident may seem localized to a job site, in reality, the owners, contractors, architects — and even equipment manufacturers — may be liable for damages.
Higher-up management has an obligation to provide safe working conditions. Their responsibility includes ensuring that safety is a concern by establishing that appropriate provisions are in place, posting warnings of site hazards, exhibiting caution while working, listening to job safety concerns, and instituting hiring guidelines that promote everyone’s safety. When a worker receives improper training, it puts all of the workers at the construction site at risk for injury.
Likewise, construction equipment companies are responsible for providing safe products. And when these products are defective or dangerous, they can cause injury. Even on the safest job site, improperly made construction equipment can cause significant havoc. When equipment fails to meet specific criteria, then the manufacturers of that equipment may be held liable for damages.
OSHA’s Place in Construction Accidents
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency that creates and enforces workplace safety regulations. OSHA protects construction workers w/ regulation to enforce safety requirements and minimize injuries. In many construction injuries, an OSHA investigation will reveal violations of their protection rules. When employers ignore OSHA regulations, they should be held responsible for their negligence.
Trust Farah & Farah with Your Construction Injury Claim
Although severe and fatal injuries can happen in any industry, injuries on a construction site can cause catastrophic loss. You have a legal right to recover your damages after an injury. Whether your injury was the result of a subcontractor who didn’t secure a ladder or from a malfunctioning concrete mixer, you deserve to get full justice for your injuries.
Choosing the right construction accident attorney can make all the difference. Unfortunately, securing a proper settlement is a challenging task. Negotiating with insurance companies and invested parties involves a thorough understanding of the law. You need a law firm with experience winning cases for clients.
If you or a loved one has experienced a catastrophic construction site accident in Florida, you deserve compensation for your damages. Speak to a Florida construction accident attorney at Farah & Farah about your case. Contact Farah & Farah today for your free no-obligation case review.