Construction sites can be dangerous places, particularly if they aren’t managed properly or equipment isn’t maintained in good working order. Because of the heavy equipment and materials, the heights often involved and other factors, construction injuries are often quite serious—even catastrophic.
Florida Construction Accidents
In Florida, construction is one of the most dangerous industry for workers. Construction workers are more likely than workers in most other industries to be injured or killed at work. About 1/3 of construction site deaths involve falls.
Other common causes of construction site injuries in Tampa and throughout the state of Florida include:
- Being struck with an object
- Between caught between heavy objects or in a collapse or cave-in
The seriousness of construction injuries depends on a range of factors such as the type of injury, the height from which a worker falls, and how quickly medical assistance is offered. The party or parties responsible for damages suffered as the result of a construction injury also vary.
Florida Construction Injury Claims
One issue that may be confusing in a construction injury case is that there are not only multiple parties who may be wholly or partly responsible, but there are also different types of claims which may require differing approaches. If you’ve been injured in a Tampa-area construction accident or you’ve lost a loved one to a fatal construction accident, it’s important that you speak with an attorney experienced in construction injury cases.
Possible Construction Fatality or Injury Claims
Every construction injury case is different, but some of the most common claims associated with accidents occurring on construction sites include:
- Workers’ compensation
- Product liability
- Personal injury, including premises liability
- Wrongful death
In some situations, your personal injury lawyer will advise you to pursue more than one of these claims, as circumstances may combine to create the risk to the employee.
For example, a piece of faulty equipment may cause the injury or death, giving rise to a product liability claim against the manufacturer of the equipment and the supplier from whom the equipment was purchased. But, if the general contractor knew that the equipment was hazardous and instructed its employees or contractors to use it anyway, the contractor may also be liable.
Talk to a Tampa Construction Accident Lawyer
In Florida, you have four years to file a general personal injury claim. However, in a construction accident, there are several important reasons to seek legal advice immediately.
First, workers’ compensation claims are subject to different rules. To be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in Florida, you must notify your employer of your injury within 30 days, and may be required to see a particular physician. If you don’t get the guidance you need to act quickly, you could be barred from pursuing a workers’ compensation claim.
Even where those strict time limits don’t apply, it is important to get help as soon as possible. Construction sites change from day to day, and gathering evidence will become increasingly difficult (or even impossible) as time passes.
In short, don’t delay. If you’ve been injured or a loved one has been killed in a construction accident, reach out for help right away.
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