Fort Lauderdale Construction Accident Lawyers
Construction sites pose many dangers to workers and innocent bystanders alike. Construction workers are subject to high level of risk as they are often involved in potentially dangerous tasks such as lifting heavy objects, operating large machinery, and performing job duties at elevated heights. Still, proper protocol and safety practices can decrease a worker or bystander’s risk of injury. When someone causes a preventable construction accident through negligence, he or she may be liable for the victim’s injuries.
When a construction accident causes harm to an employee, workers’ compensation laws will generally apply. There are, however, cases in which the worker can also obtain economic recovery from other parties who may be deemed liable such as companies that manufacture construction equipment that prove to be defective.
When an innocent bystander suffers injury as the result of a construction accident, he or she may also be eligible to recover damages by filing a personal injury claim.
Whether you’re a construction worker or merely a bystander who has suffered injury as the result of a construction accident, you may be eligible to receive economic recovery for your losses. Our attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and determine a course of action.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
There are perhaps innumerable ways in which a person can suffer injury at a construction site. Scaffolding accidents are the most common, accounting for nearly two-thirds of all construction accidents. Other common causes include: falls, electrocution, and improperly braced trenches.
When attempting to determine the liability for injuries sustained in a construction accident, it helps to understand each party’s responsibilities at the site. In the case that a construction accident occurs, any of the following parties may bear total or partial responsibility:
- Site Owners
- General and Sub-Contractors
- Architects and Engineers
- Manufacturers of Construction Machinery or Equipment
- OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) compliance officer
Know Your Rights
If you have suffered injury as the result of a construction accident, you are responsible for proving your case against the liable party(s). This usually requires the help of a qualified attorney. It is always wise to seek competent legal counsel after a construction accident to ensure that your rights are protected, especially since a statute of limitations applies to all workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Contact us for a consultation with a knowledgeable injury attorney.
Florida Construction Accident Attorney FAQs
What should I do if I have been in a construction accident?
If you have been involved in any sort of construction accident, your safety is the most important consideration. We advise that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. For any potential construction accident case, it’s important that you have a doctor diagnose any injuries and get necessary treatment started quickly. Write down your recollection of the accident and, if you can, take photos of the accident scene. Contact a construction accident attorney at VG Law Group as early in the process as possible, so we can ensure evidence is properly documented and witnesses are interviewed.
Who is liable for an accident at a construction site?
In the case of construction accidents, the liable party is dependent on your particular circumstances. If the accident was caused by negligence or a failure to follow safety protocols or keep the space maintained, the property owner will be held responsible. However, there are other people that may be also held responsible. For example, if a construction manager knew of a condition that was unsafe, and that was a contributor to the accident, he or she could be held responsible as well.
To learn more about who might be liable in your particular situation, contact the construction accident attorneys at VG Law Group, and we’ll walk you through the process.
Are construction workers covered under workers’ compensation insurance?
Yes, construction workers are covered under workers’ compensation insurance. If a worker is injured, he or she is examined by a doctor approved by the insurance company. Workers’ compensation insurance pays for all medical costs.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you are not also eligible to file a construction accident personal injury claim. The experienced construction accident attorneys at VG Law Group will help you navigate your case and ensure you get the settlement you deserve.
What are injuries that typically occur at construction sites?
Accidents that typically happen in the construction field are due to defective equipment, hazardous chemicals, falls, and negligence.
These factors often result in injuries such as the following:
- Head trauma
- Fractured or broken bones
- Cuts and abrasions
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Loss of hearing
- Loss of vision
- Neck trauma
What damages can I recover in a construction accident suit?
Typically, construction accident cases aim to compensate victims for medical expenses, rehabilitation, and loss of income due to work absences. If the accident has resulted in the loss of a loved one in a wrongful death case, additional damages can be compensated for. The value of your particular case will depend on how much in damages you have suffered as a direct result of the construction accident. Contact the construction accident attorneys at VG Law Group to learn more about what your particular case might be worth.