Orlando Construction Accident Attorneys
Construction sites can be dangerous and unpredictable, even if you follow directions and wear all the right safety equipment. However, this does not mean that your employer is exempt from all liability in the event of an accident.
If you have been injured in a construction accident, you may be entitled to compensation! Contact our construction accident attorney in Orlando for a free evaluation of your case.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
Attempting to complete a complex job under pressure is a recipe for disaster. Unfortunately, it is common to see employers put their budgets and work schedules above all else. Some common causes of construction accidents include:
- Lack of proper protection on elevated structures.
- Exposed electrical cables or components.
- Mechanical failures in equipment.
- Tripping hazards, such as debris, which can cause slip and fall accidents.
- Explosions and chemical spills.
- Slippery surfaces
- Lack of or inadequate safety measures.
- Defective machinery.
Many of these accidents occur due to poor safety conditions and can cause severe injuries. If you feel that the conditions in your construction area are unsafe or you suffered an injury due to the negligence of an employer, contact us!
Frequent Types of Construction Accident Injuries
Injuries from construction accidents are frequently catastrophic and life-changing and include:
- Severe burn injuries.
- Broken bones or torn ligaments.
- Internal injuries.
- Neck, back and spinal cord injuries.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
- Chronic diseases due to exposure to toxic materials.
4 shocking Construction Accident Statistics
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics…
- The construction industry accounts for 6% of all injuries resulting in lost workdays.
- About 10% of construction workers are injured at work each year
- Injury rates were 24% higher in construction than across all other industries on average in 2020.
- In 2020, there were 174,100 cases of injuries in the construction sector.
Don't wait until it's too late to contact a lawyer if you notice a problem with your construction site!
What compensation can I receive if I suffered a construction accident injury?
As a worker, you have the right to perform your job in a safe space, as set forth in the guidelines of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If you had an accident while working on a construction site, chances are you are eligible for one of these legal claims.
Workers' Compensation Claim: In Florida, employers are required to provide insurance to their employees. Your expenses, such as surgeries or therapy, will most likely fall under the coverage, even if you caused the accident through your own carelessness.
Third Party Liability Claim: If a third party, such as the owner of the construction site, a supervisor, or a tool manufacturer, caused the accident, you can take legal action to make that party responsible for covering your total costs, such as medical expenses, lost wages, damages, and more.
Wrongful Death Claim: If a third party causes the death of a construction worker, either through action or negligence, the victim's family may file a wrongful death lawsuit to collect damages on behalf of the deceased.
In short, a person injured during a construction accident may be able to pursue compensatory damages that include:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Loss of wages (current and future)
- Funeral expenses
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering.
- Home modifications that might be needed to overcome the injuries.
- Loss of quality of life.
Can I Sue My Employer for a Construction Accident?
Normally, this is not possible. While workers receive accident protection through their Workers' Compensation Insurance, employers receive legal protection. In other words, it is a no-fault system. However, there are some exceptions.
For example, if you suffered an injury (even a non-physical one) and you suspect that your employer intentionally caused it, you can take the case to court.
If you are unsure about the circumstances of your case, call us for a consultation.
Is there a time limit to file the lawsuit?
Yes, different statute of limitations may apply depending on the cause and/or the negligent party of the injury, which is why you should contact attorneys Jason Recksiedler and Caroline Fischer from First Choice Law immediately.
What do I need to win this type of case?
In construction injury cases, the most important thing is to demonstrate there was a breached duty of care and that injuries were a consequence of that breach. In tort liability, a duty of care means that a person or entity (the property owner, for example) has a responsibility to prevent you from suffering unreasonable harm or loss. Duty of care can represent many things, such as keeping an area clean, properly maintaining tools, and so on.
How can a construction accident lawyer help me?
Filing a lawsuit and dealing with insurance companies is complicated. Add to that dealing with other issues, such as medical expenses or your own injuries, and things can quickly spiral out of control. Having an experienced team of lawyers investigating the event and dealing with the paperwork is the best way to focus on what matters most: your well-being.
Contact our Construction Accident Attorneys
Construction accident cases are complex are require extensive and specialized knowledge to be handled properly. Our personal injury attorneys are ready to review your case for free, advise you, and pursue fair compensation if you have a case. Both Jason Recksiedler and Caroline Fischer are highly experienced and have helped many clients in the past. Jason is certified as an expert in trial law by the Florida Bar. Call us today to speak with our Florida Bar-certified, experienced workers' compensation attorneys in Orlando. We are available at 321-999-1111 twenty-four hours a day. You can also send us an email or fill out the online form located on this page and we will contact you shortly.