Daytona Beach Construction Accident Lawyer
Construction work is dangerous, and accidents and serious injuries occur regularly within the industry. Accidents occur frequently, and often those accidents result in serious injuries. This is in part due to the construction industry being one of the United States biggest employers, employing approximately 5.6 million people on commercial, residential, and civil engineering projects. Construction work is one of the dangerous and unfortunately deadly sectors to work. In 2012 there were 817 construction related fatalities and 3.7 people per 100 workers were injured in construction accidents according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The fact that construction sites are dangerous however, does not mean construction workers are without recourse in the event of a construction site accident in Florida.
When you or a loved one have been injured in a construction accident, Florida law provides channels for you to seek compensation. In the event of a construction accident the victim and/or their loved ones may be entitled to compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident contact our Daytona Beach construction accident lawyers today at 866-785-5470 for a free legal consultation.
Some of the most common types of construction accidents include construction site falls, crane accidents, scaffolding accidents, workers being run over by operating equipment, electrical accidents, trench collapses, fires and explosions, and welding accidents. Each of these mishaps can be equally tragic and equally deadly, and each of these accidents can be completely avoided through effective safety measures.
Construction site owners and their contractors have a legal duty to keep the work site safe, but many construction sites are often unnecessarily dangerous and are not in compliance with the required safety protocols, which require owners and contractors to provide safe working conditions, proper safety equipment, take all proper safety precautions and to make sure that workers have had sufficient training for the task they are performing. Often contractors, developers and investors are more concerned with making a profit than with the safety of their workers.
A Florida construction site accident may occur due to negligence on the part of the employer or construction worker. If you are a worker at a construction site, the company may be held liable even if you were partially responsible for your accident and injuries, usually unless you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. For a person visiting or walking by a construction site, you may be able to hold a construction worker or the construction company liable for any injuries you sustain due to falling objects, a slip and fall accident or other occurrence which was the result of negligence. This may qualify as a premises liability claim.
In addition to death, construction accidents can have other severe consequences. Construction accidents often result in spinal injuries or damage to other major joints such as knees and shoulders, sometimes causing disfigurement or loss of function. Treatment and rehabilitation for these types of injuries can be long and costly. Injured workers are sometimes unable to work and support their families for the rest of their lives, creating an especially long and challenging situation for people. In most cases, workers’ compensation insurance is not enough to cover the bills.
If you have suffered a serious injury or lost a breadwinner, your family could still suffer severe financial hardship. In addition, workers’ compensation does not provide any compensation for noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering. In exchange for providing workers’ compensation, employers are generally protected from being sued by employees who are injured or killed on the job. However, there are times when employees or their family members have the right to sue:
- If the employer did not subscribe to workers’ compensation
- In cases of fatal accidents, if the employer is guilty of gross neglect
- If the injury or death was caused by a third party
The Daytona Beach construction accident lawyers at Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A. will carefully review your case and determine all parties who may be liable. Our decades of experience allow us to build exceptionally strong cases and maximize the compensation available to our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident contact our office today at 866-785-5470 for a free legal consultation.