Even a properly managed construction site with properly maintained equipment on it can be a dangerous environment.
The heavy duty equipment, large objects and potentially dangerous heights on construction sites mean that injuries can be completely debilitating if not deadly. Statistically speaking, the construction industry in Florida is one of the most dangerous in the state. Construction workers are one of the most likely types of employees to be injured or killed on the job and about 30% of construction site deaths are somehow related to a fall. Other causes of construction site injuries in Florida and Tampa include: getting caught between objects, being crushed by heavy objects, being struck by a tool or object, electrocution and collapses of structures or cave-ins.
Why Are Construction Injury Claims Different?
With construction injury lawsuits there might be more than one party who is responsible for the injury or loss and there are also different types of claims associated with the case. Each type of claim may require different approaches so it’s important to hire a lawyer who is familiar with constructions site injury lawsuits. Some of the most common types of claims associated with these cases include:
- Wrongful Death
- Workers’ Compensation
- Personal Injury
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
An experienced construction site injury attorney will be able to advise you as to which types of claims should be pursued so that you don’t miss out on any compensation that you’re entitled to.
Let’s suppose you were injured using a faulty piece of equipment – it’s possible that there may be a case for a product liability claim against the supplier who sold the equipment or the manufacturer who made it. However, if your employer knew the equipment had issues and instructed you to use it anyway, your employer could be liable as well.
Don’t Wait to Speak with An Attorney
The state of Florida gives you 4 years to file a personal injury claim, but in a construction injury case there are many reasons why you should take action immediately. For instance, if you’re eligible for workers’ compensation benefits then you must notify your employer of your injury within only 30 days. Also, sometimes you may be required to see a certain physician. If you don’t act quickly, you could lose any compensation due to you from a workers’ compensation claim. Additionally, since construction sites are constantly changing environments, it may become very difficult to gather valuable evidence the longer you wait.
If you’ve been injured or a loved one has been killed in a construction accident, reach out for help right away.