Jacksonville Construction Accident Lawyer

If you or your loved one has been injured in a construction accident in Jacksonville, you may be eligible for significant financial compensation through a workers’ compensation claim or a third-party lawsuit. Our Jacksonville construction accident lawyers can identify all the avenues of compensation available to you and help you receive the highest dollar amount available. Experience makes all the difference. Call us today at (904) 549-6434 to put our experience to work.

Our award-winning personal injury law firm in Jacksonville can help you file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury lawsuit so you can focus on your recovery without the burden of dealing with your employer or an insurance company.

We have recovered more than $2 billion in settlements and verdicts on behalf of injured accident victims. Our results are no accident. We have been protecting you and your family since 1979. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Our Attorneys Won’t Back Down Until You Get the Results You Deserve

We have over 45 years of experience helping construction workers recover substantial compensation for worksite injuries. We are a client-centric law firm with more than $2 billion in successful case results that came about through caring, understanding, and hard work.

We are committed to putting clients first. When you choose our construction site accident lawyers in Jacksonville, FL, you’ll have a team of hard-working attorneys and paralegals working around the clock to recover the compensation you deserve. We have an open-door policy to ensure you can always reach your legal team with questions and concerns, and we will call you often to tell you about your case and check on your well-being.

We’ll Handle the Insurance Company

Workers’ compensation should provide a convenient, easy way for workers to obtain medical care and a continuation of income while they recover, but employers and insurance companies often stand in the way by denying benefits or paying too little. You don’t have to take no for an answer. When you choose our construction site injury lawyers at Farah & Farah, you can count on us to do the following and more:

  • Analyze your case to determine your options for recovering compensation
  • Deal with your employer and the insurance company for you
  • Calculate the compensation you’re owed and demand full payment
  • File a workers’ compensation petition if your claim for benefits is denied
  • If your case is eligible, file a lawsuit and fight for you in court

Our Clients Are Pleased With Their Results

We have received thousands of glowing client testimonials, including the following:

I love this firm!! Bruce Feifer was so very helpful. He took over my workers' comp case, and in a very short matter of time, he had my case finished with money for future doctors and medications I may need. I am so pleased and I would recommend Bruce to anyone who may need help with workers comp. He always kept me informed, and that means a lot. He seemed to genuinely care about my case.

I just want to extend a heartfelt warm thank you to Farah & Farah and the wonderful people they have working for the company. Going through my first workers' comp settlement has been a breeze, thanks to Tiffany Giordano and Estonna Garrett. Tiffany was extremely helpful, patient, and kind throughout the entire process. I am extremely satisfied with the ending results of my settlement and having a great team to work with me. Thanks again to the amazing Tiffany, Estonna, and Farah & Farah team. They really got the job done!!

I contacted Farah & Farah to represent me in a worker's compensation lawsuit. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The people there are professional, dedicated, courteous, compassionate, highly skilled, and very knowledgeable. From day one, I had complete confidence in my attorney, Bruce Feifer, and his support staff. My claim was settled quickly, and I am very satisfied with the amount I received. I would definitely recommend Farah & Farah to anyone needing a law firm for legal representation.

Workers’ Compensation for Construction Accidents

Most injured construction workers can recover workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation in Florida covers medical care and some of your lost wages. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, so you do not have to prove that your employer caused or contributed to your accident.

The wages you can recover are based on your average weekly wage during the 13 weeks preceding your accident. These benefits are known as disability or impairment benefits. The amount you receive will vary based on the degree of your disability and how long your disability will last, as shown in the table below.

Degree of Disability Duration of Disability Wage Replacement Benefit Duration of Benefits
Total disability Permanent 66.67 percent of your average weekly wage Until you reach 75 or longer if your disability prevents you from qualifying for Social Security
Total disability Temporary 66.67 percent of your average weekly wage Until your disability ends, becomes a partial disability, or is diagnosed as permanent
Partial disability (Permanent impairment) Permanent 75 percent of your average weekly wage if you earn less than you could before - reduced to 50 percent if you earn an amount greater than or equal to your average weekly wage Varies based on your permanent impairment rating
Partial disability Temporary 80 percent of the difference between 80 percent of your average weekly wage and the wages you can earn with your disability Until you return to full capacity or your injury is deemed permanent

If your loved one has died from a construction accident, your family may qualify for death benefits, which include funeral costs and the workers’ lost wages. Contact our Florida workers’ compensation lawyers in Jacksonville today for a free case evaluation.

You May Qualify for Compensation Through a Third-Party Claim

Some construction accidents are caused by parties other than the employer. In such cases, you may pursue a lawsuit against the responsible third party, such as a negligent property owner, the manufacturer of a defective product, a negligent contractor, or a negligent motor vehicle driver. Claims against someone other than your employer are known as third-party claims.

In a third-party claim, you may be able to recover damages for your pain and suffering and financial damages beyond what workers’ compensation pays. One important difference between workers’ compensation claims and third-party claims is the necessity to prove fault. In third-party claims, you must prove the third party was at fault.

Product Liability Claims

You could pursue a product liability claim against a manufacturer or distributor if the accident resulted from a defective product or equipment. Unlike other third-party claims, you don’t have to prove negligence to recover compensation. Product liability claims only require that you prove that the product was defective and you suffered harm while using it as intended.

Qualifying defects include manufacturing errors, design flaws, inadequate instructions, or insufficient warnings. Products with defects that frequently cause construction accidents include ladders, safety harnesses, scaffoldings, heavy machinery, and power tools.

Common Causes of Construction Accident Injuries

OSHA has determined that the four most common causes of construction accidents are falls, falling objects, getting caught between objects, and electrocutions at construction sites. We have also represented clients who have suffered the following types of injuries:

  • Chemical burns
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Strains and sprains
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Toxic exposure
  • Repetitive use injuries
  • Forklift accidents
  • Fires and explosions
  • Saw accidents
  • Violence

No matter the cause of your construction site accident, you deserve compensation when you get injured at work. Our construction accident injury lawyers are dedicated to helping those who need it most. Call a construction accident lawyer in Jacksonville today at (904) 549-6434 to schedule a free consultation.

Jacksonville Employers Have a Legal Duty To Guard Employee Safety

Construction companies are legally obligated to maintain safe workplaces and implement effective accident prevention programs. To comply, employers must do the following:

  • Perform regular safety inspections of job sites, materials, and equipment.
  • Identify and tag unsafe tools and prevent employees from using them.
  • Only allow qualified employees to operate equipment and machinery.
  • Provide personal protective equipment to employees in hazardous conditions.
  • Provide safety training to employees based on the specific hazards present.
  • Meet safety standards for ladders, scaffolds, rope descent systems, and power platforms.
  • Ensure electrical equipment is free of known hazards.
  • Keep floors clean and dry.
  • Provide guard rails or toe-boards around elevated areas to prevent falls.

When Can I File a Construction Accident Lawsuit?

Employers covered by workers’ compensation are generally exempt from lawsuits when construction workers get hurt on the job, but exceptions exist. If your employer failed to carry workers’ compensation insurance at the time of your accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the employer. The law also allows lawsuits against employers that intentionally harm construction workers or knowingly expose them to danger without informing them of the risks.

You may also be able to sue an employer if you were injured while performing work as an independent contractor. Most construction workers are employees, even if they receive a 1099 instead of a W-2. Florida’s workers’ compensation law strictly applies independent contractor status only to those who operate separate businesses. Employers who misclassify workers to evade workers’ compensation requirements can face felony charges.

However, even if workers’ compensation covers you, you may still be able to sue the third parties that cause or contribute to your injuries. Our Jacksonville construction accident attorneys will seek to maximize your compensation. One of the most important ways to accomplish this is to investigate all of the underlying causes of your accident so we can identify liable third parties.

What Is the Advantage of Filing a Construction Accident Lawsuit?

Construction accident injuries are often severe, painful, and debilitating. They can change your life forever. You may be unable to care for your own needs, care for your family, or enjoy the same activities you could before. Workers’ compensation falls short of covering all your financial losses and provides no compensation for lost quality of life.

A personal injury lawsuit allows you to recover additional damages, including the following:

  • Costs of domestic services you can no longer perform
  • Personal care services
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disability
  • Loss of bodily functions
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Emotional distress

Can I File a Lawsuit If a Construction Site Accident Caused a Loved One’s Death?

You may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit if your loved one has died from a construction accident. However, the determination depends on whether your loved one was restricted to workers’ compensation or you have grounds for a third-party claim.

If the employer carries workers’ compensation, you can apply for death benefits through workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation pays up to $150,000 in death benefits to eligible family members and up to $7,500 in funeral expenses.

If the employer failed to carry workers’ compensation, intentionally harmed your loved one, or knowingly subjected your loved one to dangerous working conditions, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the employer. Whether or not you have grounds to file a lawsuit against the employer, you can also file a wrongful death lawsuit against any third party that caused or contributed to the accident.

In a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida, you may qualify for the following damages and more:

  • Loss of your loved one’s probable lifetime income
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of comfort, guidance, support, and advice
  • Funeral and burial expenses

Our compassionate Florida wrongful death lawyers in Jacksonville can help you file your wrongful death claim and provide caring support during this difficult time.

Call Our Construction Accident Attorneys in Jacksonville, FL, Today

You don’t have to settle for less than you deserve. Our skilled construction accident attorneys in Jacksonville, FL, are ready to fight for you. We handle all claims on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless we win, and we treat every client with honesty, dignity, and respect.

Call us today at (904) 549-6434, and let Team Farah go to work for you.

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