Representing Construction Accident Victims
Construction is one of America’s oldest industries, and is still going strong today with hundreds of thousands of employees working in the field. They range from civil engineers, to construction workers, to welders, to mason workers, and many more different positions. The construction zone is a hazardous work environment where one thing going wrong can lead to serious injuries for one or more people. Construction workers in Florida can get hurt on the job, our experienced construction accident lawyers can sort through your case and get you either workers compensation or a personal injury lawsuit. The Miami Injury Lawyers are well-versed in construction accident law and will get you the compensation you deserve.
Recently, Miami, and Florida in general, has seen an increase in construction projects. There has been an increase in the development of high rise condominiums, commercial buildings, and other various construction projects. Naturally, that has made the number of construction zone injuries increase as well. If you have been injured or your loved one died in a construction zone accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. Contact The Miami Injury Lawyers for a consultation today in order to find out if you are owed compensation for your damages.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), every years there are about 150,000 injuries happen as a result of construction workplace accident; with the leading cause of injuries as falls. Typically, those who suffer from construction workplace injuries are from ages 25-34 and they suffer an injury to their back or spine. The second most common injury suffered are head injuries, which often result in a traumatic brain injury. The BLS also reported that in 2008, 44% of the workplace fatalities in Florida came from construction zone accidents.
OSHA Safety Regulations
The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970 is a set of safety regulations, followed by most states, that apply to work done at construction sites. Typically, the company that is in control of the job site is responsible for enforcing OSHA regulations. The penalty for violating OSHA regulations varies from state to state and range from $0 to $126,749. If you are filing a lawsuit after a construction workplace injury, you only need to show that an OSHA regulation was violated, resulting in an injury.
On top of OSHA regulations, property owners, general contractors, or whoever else is working on the project will have their own set of regulations. The regulations can be general or specific and they are put in place to in an attempt to decrease the risk of a workplace injury. If these regulations are violated, it can support a claim for a personal injury lawsuit against a third party
Common of Construction Workplace Injuries
The Miami Injury Lawyers have been trying construction workplace accident cases for decades. Some of the most common construction accident injuries the Miami injury Lawyers have come across are:
- Construction Injuries
- Scaffolding falls
- Falls from ladders
- Injuries case by falling objects
- Crane accidents
- Accidents and injuries caused by defective or malfunctioning equipment
- Contractor negligence
Whether you were injured as a result of contractor negligence or because you fell from scaffolding, the Miami Injury Lawyers can help you. Our team of attorneys and professionals will help you seek the maximum compensation possible from all responsible parties.
What Damages Can Workers Cover After Construction Accidents
Construction site injuries tend to be more difficult to recover damages for than a typical personal injury case. In many cases, a judge will only want to award workers’ compensation to a particular individual. Here in lies a problem. Workers’ compensation is not usually enough to cover the cost of medical expenses, pain and suffering and your lost wages. In addition to the limited amount of compensation you will receive from workers’ compensation, workers’ compensation is not always available.
In these particular cases, our team will begin to pursue any responsible parties that are not the owner. These other parties may include, but are not limited to, general contractors, property owners, manufacturers of equipment, construction managers, architects, engineers, and more. One example is, if you are on a scaffolding and wearing a safety harness, but you fall and the safety harness does not support your fall resulting in an injury, you can file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the safety harness.
Steps to Follow After a Construction Accident
If you have been injured in as a result of a construction accident, here are a variety of things you can do to protect your legal rights; they are:
- Get medical attention for your injuries
- Report the injury to your employer and note the name and position of whom you informed
- Get the names and contact information of witnesses
- Try to preserve any evidence of your injury. You can do this by taking pictures of where you were injured or by holding onto the equipment you were using when you were injured.
Contact Us Today
The number of construction sites in Miami continues to grow daily. Unfortunately, so does the number of construction workplace accidents. If you have been involved in a construction workplace accident that leaves you injured and unable to work, you may be entitled to compensation for damages case by the accident.The damages can include lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses.
The team of attorneys at The Miami Injury Lawyers are experienced and have tried a great number of workplace accident injuries. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to begin the process of determining the amount of compensation you are entitled to.