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What to Do If You’re in a Construction Accident
When 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:
- 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:
- Head and/or traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Joint and musculoskeletal injuries
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Eye injuries / Vision or hearing loss
- Broken bones
- Loss of limbs
- Illnesses from toxin exposure
- Permanent disability
- Wrongful Death
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.
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: