Construction Accidents

What to Do If You’re in a Construction Accident

construction accidents in floridaWhen workers are injured on construction sites, they are covered under federal Workers Compensation law. However, Workers’ Compensation is not always enough to cover the extent of loss suffered by a worker who sustained an injury or may have even died as the result of an accident on the job. Companies employing workers in the construction field are required to carry Workers’ Compensation insurance, even if just one worker is employed. This is a no-fault system that covers most accidents, injuries, illnesses or deaths that might occur on the job. However, there are limits to the amount covered. There are also rules related to when injuries must be reported to employers, and or how long a worker has to file a claim.

In some cases, companies or individuals are liable for the construction site injury due to negligence, including primary contractors, construction companies, engineering firms, equipment manufacturers or leasing companies, as well as any other party that can be shown to be at fault for the resulting accident. All of this adds up to the need for you to seek the services of a lawyer when you are involved in an accident.

So What Should You Do?

The personal injury attorneys at the Eltringham Law Group help you understand your rights under federal Workers’ Compensation laws, as well as seeing that you get what you deserve when Workers’ Compensation isn’t enough or other parties are liable for your injury.  Rules surrounding Workers’ Compensation can be confusing. Insurance companies, employers and third parties alike may try to deny culpability or minimize the benefits you are entitled to by claiming that your injuries were not sustained on the job or that they are less serious than you claim. They may try to intimidate you or confuse you with legalese. Eltringham Law Group’s personal injury lawyers can help you navigate this process and make sure you get the best care possible.

Construction Accident Lawsuit Cases

Thousands of construction accidents in Florida each year leave workers severely injured or even result in permanent disability or death. While not an exhaustive list, some causes of construction accidents include:

Construction Accident Lawsuit Cases
  • Falls
  • Crane accidents
  • Scaffolding malfunctions
  • Faulty machinery
  • Vehicle malfunctions
  • Inadequate training
  • Improper safety measures
  • Exposure to toxic materials
  • “Cutting corners” to save money
  • Dangerous work environment

Construction Accident Injuries 

Construction accident injuries can run the gamut from relatively minor scrapes and bruises to catastrophic outcomes such as loss of limbs, paralysis or death. Injuries from construction accidents may include:

When you have been involved in a Florida construction accident, you may be eligible for compensation to cover your medical expenses (current and future), rehabilitation and long-term care, lost wages or loss due to an inability to work, funeral expenses (if there is a fatal construction accident), pain and suffering, and other punitive damages. When your injuries are severe and limit or prevent you from returning to work, a construction accident lawyer from our firm can help you get the compensation you deserve.

What to Expect Following Your Construction Accident

When you choose the Eltringham Law Group to represent you following a construction accident involving personal injury, property damage or death, here is what you can expect to happen:

  • We offer free consultations so you can get all your questions answered and can spend time talking directly with an experienced attorney about your rights and expected outcomes.
  • Leave all the work to us. We will be in contact with doctors, hospitals, witnesses, insurance providers, police, attorneys and anyone else necessary to settle your claim. We will thoroughly investigate your accident and will build a solid case so that you are more likely to be awarded additional compensation from insurance companies or other parties.
  • You focus on you. Whether you are still recovering from injuries or are simply dealing with the stress and anxiety that is common following construction accidents, now is the time to focus on your own needs while you leave the details of your case in the hands of experienced attorneys that will get the job done right.
  • We work on a contingent fee basis. This means that you don’t need to lay out any money up front in order to have our injury attorneys work on your case. We don’t get paid unless we recover a financial settlement or jury award for you.

To schedule your free consultation or for more information about accidents involving construction work-sites or at any place of work, contact the Eltringham Law Group at 561-338-0420.

Common Legal Questions About Construction Accidents

If you have been involved in a construction accident, whether minor or severe, you likely have many questions that need to be answered. Some of the most common questions include:

If you have been involved in a construction accident, it’s important to report your injuries to a supervisor and/or on-site manager. Your incident should be thoroughly documented with the appropriate staff members such as human resources and/or an on-site manager. You should also gather the names and contact information for any witnesses. Take photographs of the location of the incident, as well as any equipment involved and other physical evidence of the injury. Immediately seek medical care as necessary and call our attorneys to help you in this difficult situation.

Most employees/workers assume that workers’ compensation coverage is always available, but that is not always the case. In the construction industry, employers with one or more employees must carry insurance for each employee. Employers must also ensure that subcontractors carry workers’ compensation for their employees. There are also different requirements for out-of-state employers who have employees working in Florida. As you can see, it can be a very complicated matter, so be sure to speak with one of our attorneys at the Eltringham Law Group to review your unique situation.

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If you are involved in a construction accident while on the job, workers’ compensation may be your only choice for recovering any sort of compensation. There are federal and state laws that can prevent an injured victim from filing a civil lawsuit for any damages/injuries related to the construction accident. However, there can be benefits to filing a workers’ compensation claim instead of a lawsuit. You can discuss your incident with one of the experienced attorneys at the Eltringham Law Group at no cost.

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Call the Eltringham Law Group today at 561-338-0420 for these and any other personal injury questions you may have.