In most construction accidents, construction workers are the ones who get hurt. However, other people can be injured in a construction accident including:
- Delivery persons
What are some common causes of construction accidents?
Construction sites have inherent dangers, but many of the hazards can be minimized and some should not exist at all. Common causes of construction accidents includes:
- Defective tools
- Defective heavy equipment
- Failure to train and monitor employees
- Inadequately secured materials or structures
- Messy jobsite
- Defective or improperly assembled scaffolding
- Inappropriate behavior of visitors to the site
- Inappropriate behavior of coworkers
- Miscommunication between coworkers
- Employer negligence
- Failure to meet OSHA safety standards
- Building design or engineering defects
- Defective materials
As a construction worker, should I file for Workers’ Compensation or file a personal injury lawsuit for my injuries?
Employees who are injured on the job should file for Workers’ Compensation right away. Only employees are entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. If you are unsure whether you qualify, you should talk to an experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney. The sooner you file, the sooner you can start receiving the benefits that you and your family need to make ends meet.
A Workers’ Compensation claim is an insurance claim, not a lawsuit, and you do not have to prove fault to be entitled to benefits. Workers’ Compensation pays for medical expenses and a portion of your lost income. The amount of money you can receive each week to replace your lost income depends on whether you are totally or partially disabled. The length of time that you can receive weekly payments depends on whether your disability is temporary or permanent.
A personal injury lawsuit typically pays more than Workers’ Compensation. Under Workers’ Compensation law, you cannot sue your employer, but construction accidents often involve third party lawsuits in addition to Workers’ Compensation claims. Third parties may be held responsible for accidents caused by defective tools or equipment, defective materials, engineering defects, and other underlying causes of construction accidents.
If you have lost a loved one in a construction accident you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation death benefits and/or compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.
Who can be held responsible for construction accidents?
Construction accidents can happen on very small or very large sites. When accidents happen on large can complex job sites, determining who is responsible can become very complicated. Construction accidents can have multiple responsible parties including:
- Construction site owners
- General contractors
- Prime contractors
- Equipment manufacturers
- Materials suppliers
If you have been injured in a construction accident in Florida, please contact Orlando Workers’ Compensation attorney David Best, P.A. to find out if your and your family are entitled to benefits today.