FLORIDA WORKPLACE INJURY ATTORNEY -ADVOCATES USA
Why Should I Contact A Construction Accident Attorney?
You go to work at the construction site every day as a responsible worker, following the proper precautions, wearing the correct safety gear and you adhere to policy and procedures, but you still end up being involved in a construction accident. After all, there is no place that is 100% safe and even though you did everything right, you still suffer from injuries. Construction sites can be very dangerous and injuries are bound to happen especially since heavy machinery and sharp objects are involved, however it doesn’t mean that some construction accidents could have been prevented. Many parties can be involved at a construction site including property owners, contractors, project managers, manufacturers and suppliers and determining who is at fault for your work injury can be difficult.Construction Accidents have complex liability issues and you need an experienced lawyer to help you with these claims. Advocates USA can help you navigate through the worker’s compensation system and or pursue a lawsuit on your behalf. You shouldn’t go up against insurance companies alone; after all, your injury could have been caused by the negligence of someone else. We have the resources to fight against the insurance companies who denied you the compensation you are rightfully owed.:
What Are Common Causes of Construction Accidents?
There are many ways construction accidents can occur even for the most safety conscious worker. OSHA requires all employers to obtain certain permits, adhere to policy and procedures, conduct and implement safety training, and conduct regular inspections of the construction site all in an effort to minimize workplace accidents. Failure to adhere to safety procedures as well as faulty machinery can result in construction accidents. The most frequent causes of accidents Advocates USA see are:
- Crane accidents
- Lack of training
- Violation of Policy and Procedures
- Inadequate safety precautions
- Falling Material or debris
- Chemical Spills
- Electric shock
- Scaffolding falls
- Lacerations from sharp objects
- Slip and falls
- Trenches that are not braced
- Defective machinery
Construction Accidents can result in significant injuries and can lead to many different other kinds of injuries. Even workers who practice proper protocol can still suffer serious damage to their bodies. Common injuries we often see from construction accidents include:
- Head trauma
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Brain injury
- Loss of limbs or digits
- Cuts or lacerations
- Hearing loss
- Damage to vision
Who Can Be Held Liable For My Construction Accident in Florida?
In Florida, if the construction company employs one or more employees, worker’s compensation is required and are usually provided immunity to personal injury lawsuits. However, employers who acted with intentional or egregious behavior, the employer is open for a lawsuit. Since a construction site involves many third parties, the liability of the accident could be placed on the following:
Owners of the construction site: Construction owners have liability over the property itself rather than the work that is actually being conducted.
General and sub-contractors: It is the duty of contractors and subcontractors to ensure the construction site is free of reasonable hazards and construction workers are adhering to safety protocols and procedures according to OSHA. If one fails to do so could result in a lawsuit.
Architects and Engineers: They must follow the duties that were outlined in the contract with the construction company. Architects and engineers need to follow policies and procedures and ensure they are in compliance with codes. Failure to comply and follow through with their outlined duties, they could be held liable.
Manufacturers: Any company involved in distributing a product including retailers, wholesalers or manufacturers can be held liable if their product was defective and caused injury.
Prime Contractors: Work that was solely written in the contract of responsibilities or work that was delegated to the subcontractors that they have responsibility for can be held liable for injuries.
How Advocates USA Can Help You In Construction Accidents
Since construction sites can involve a number of parties, it can be difficult to find out who was liable for your personal injuries. Through a thorough investigation of the construction site, medical records, statements of witnesses and other parties involved in the accident can help identify liability. After conducting our investigation, your attorneys at Advocates USA will be able to best determine who is liable and the best avenue to pursue your construction injury case. Construction accident injuries are often severe and can cause a significant financial burden, and physical and psychological trauma for both you and your family. The injuries sustained in such an accident can impact you for a lifetime. By filing a lawsuit against the negligent party for damages sustained, you may be able to recover compensation:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses for past and future treatments
- Loss of wages and future earning capacity
- Wrongful death
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Punitive damages.