Have you been seriously hurt in a construction site accident in Tampa, FL? You may be entitled to workers’ compensation and damages from any negligent third parties who caused your accident. However, recovering the compensation you deserve isn’t always easy.
Catania & Catania, P.A. has fought for the rights of injured construction workers for more than 28 years. Call our law firm today to schedule a free case review with a Tampa construction accident lawyer who cares about you.
How Catania & Catania, P.A. Can Help You After a Construction Accident in Tampa
Injured workers are usually eligible for workers’ compensation to cover medical bills and lost wages after an accident. However, don’t count on the workers’ compensation process being easy. Even if your claim is accepted, the insurance company may minimize the severity of your injuries and claim you can return to work when you cannot.
An experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer can fight to get you the full value of your damages and the time you need to recover from your injuries.
Catania & Catania, P.A. is an award-winning personal injury law firm in Tampa, Florida. We have been recognized with the 2020 Silver Client Champion Award and the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent rating. Our small law firm gives you the personal attention and resources your case deserves.
Here is what our law office can do to help you after your construction site accident in Tampa, Florida:
- Provide dependable legal advice
- Handle all communications, paperwork, and court filings
- Investigate your accident to identify any parties who may be liable
- Work with top experts for testimony about your damages and the severity of your injuries
- Fight back against insurance company tactics to limit your benefits
- Negotiate on your behalf for the fair compensation you deserve
Catania & Catania, P.A. will leave no stone unturned in pursuing the full compensation you are entitled to. Contact our law firm for your free consultation with a Tampa construction accident lawyer to find out more about how we can help you.
How Common Are Construction Accidents in Tampa, FL?
Construction sites are one of the most dangerous workplaces in Florida. Construction deaths soared 140% in Florida between 2011 and 2018. According to the Department of Labor, 101 construction workers were killed in Florida in 2018 alone.
Nationwide, nearly 20% of all work-related deaths occur in construction. Over the course of a 45-year construction career, a construction worker faces a 75% chance of suffering a disabling injury and a 1 in 200 chance of being killed while working.
What is My Tampa Construction Accident Case Worth?
The value of your construction site accident case depends on many factors. The most important factor is whether you can pursue compensation through a third-party lawsuit or if you are limited to workers’ compensation. The workers’ comp system has many benefits, but it caps wage and disability benefits and does not allow you to seek non-economic damages.
If you can pursue a third-party lawsuit, the value of your case will depend on the severity of your injuries and how your quality of life will be impacted. Insurance coverage limits and your contributions to the accident (if any) will also affect the value of your case.
Contact our Tampa personal injury attorneys for a free case review to discuss what your case may be worth.
Types of Construction Accidents We Handle in Tampa, FL
At Catania & Catania, P.A., we represent injured construction workers in all types of injury cases.
Contact our law office if you have been hurt in any of the following accidents:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Electric shock and electrocution accidents
- Crane accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Construction fall accidents
- Accidents involving falling objects
- Defective equipment accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Fires & explosions
- Car accidents
- Toxic exposure
We have represented injured workers for more than 28 years. Contact us today to discuss your case and what we can do to help you.
What Compensation Can I Recover After a Construction Accident?
After a construction site accident, injured workers are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
You may be entitled to the following:
- Medical benefits to pay for reasonable medical expenses
- Wage benefits to replace about two-thirds of your average weekly wages
- Disability benefits to replace wages for a permanent disability
- Death benefits for surviving family members
Unfortunately, workers’ compensation may not fully compensate you for the financial losses you have suffered. Likewise, you cannot recover non-economic damages through workers’ comp for your pain, suffering, and anguish.
Under the workers’ comp system, you cannot typically sue your employer for your injuries. However, you may be eligible to pursue damages from a negligent third party, including a property owner, general contractor, subcontractor, manufacturer, engineer, or a driver in an auto accident.
You can recover additional damages through a third-party claim, such as:
- Lost wages
- Medical costs workers’ comp won’t cover
- Personal losses such as reduced quality of life, scarring or disfigurement, pain, suffering, distress, and anguish
Catania & Catania, P.A. will carefully analyze your case to determine if you are eligible to file a third-party lawsuit. We will help you pursue the full value of your case to preserve your quality of life and get the care you deserve.
Am I Entitled to Compensation if I’m Being Blamed for a Construction Accident in Florida?
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system that entitles you to benefits for your work-related accident—even if you were at fault. However, your level of fault for the accident can affect your third-party personal injury claim.
Florida uses a comparative fault system in personal injury cases. You can recover damages if you were partially at fault for your accident. However, your damages will be reduced to account for your share of blame.
The insurance company may try to shift blame to reduce their liability for your injuries. Contact Catania & Catania, P.A. if you are being blamed for your accident to fight back against these tactics.
We Will Fight for the Damages You Deserve for Your Construction Accident Injuries
Construction accidents often result in life-changing or fatal injuries. At Catania & Catania, P.A., we are committed to seeking the full compensation you deserve for the injuries you have suffered.
We represent construction workers who have suffered:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Back injuries
- Crush injuries
- Eye injuries
- Hearing loss
- Burn injuries
- Nerve damage
Do not let the insurance company minimize the severity of the harm you have suffered. Call Catania & Catania, P.A. today so we can fight for the fair compensation you need.
What Causes Most Construction Accidents in Tampa, Florida?
Construction workers face hundreds of hazards on the job, from heavy machinery and power tools to toxic exposure and fall hazards.
About 60% of fatalities in construction site accidents are caused by one of the “fatal four”:
- Struck by object
- Caught between or in object
In 2018, Florida construction workers were killed in the following types of construction accidents.
- Falls, slips, and trips: 40 fatalities
- Transportation accidents: 23 fatalities
- Electrocution: 13 deaths
- Falling objects or caught between objects: 13 deaths
- Toxic exposure: 7 fatalities
- Fires or explosions: 3 deaths
Construction sites are inherently dangerous, but most injuries and deaths on the job are avoidable. Construction workers are frequently hurt due to OSHA violations and safety risks, such as a lack of fall protection, unguarded machinery, and trip hazards. Workers may also be hurt by defective or poorly maintained machinery or equipment.
How Long Do I Have to File a Construction Accident Lawsuit in Florida?
After a workplace accident, you have a limited amount of time to seek the compensation you deserve.
You are required to report your accident to your employer within 30 days in most cases. If you fail to give proper notice, your workers’ comp claim can be denied.
A separate statute of limitations applies to a personal injury lawsuit related to a construction site accident. You have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent third party.
Do not delay pursuing your case. Valuable evidence may be lost, and your case may be weakened. Call Catania & Catania, P.A. today so we can begin building your case.
Contact a Tampa Construction Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
The financial burden of a devastating construction accident should not be on your shoulders. Contact Catania & Catania, P.A. today for a free consultation with a Tampa construction accident lawyer to discuss your case.
We work on a contingency-fee-basis, with no attorneys’ fees paid out-of-pocket for the legal representation you deserve.