When you suffer a serious injury on a construction site, a Tampa construction accident lawyer at the Feldman Legal Group can be your best ally. Our experienced personal injury attorneys fight for our clients to get them maximum compensation for the many costs they are facing.
There is so much that can go wrong on construction sites. Work-related falls, defective equipment, and a host of other dangers are constant threats in a construction worker’s work environment. When a worker suffers an injury and is denied adequate payment for their damages, they deserve an advocate who knows how to get results.
The Feldman Legal Group has a reputation for providing aggressive, dedicated legal representation for our clients.
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WHY HIRE A CONSTRUCTION INJURY LAWYER?
The last thing an injured construction worker needs is the prospect of facing a legal fight alone. To get the compensation you deserve, you will encounter complex laws and processes, all while dealing with companies that know what they’re doing and are likely hostile to your demands for payment.
When you hire an experienced Tampa construction accident attorney, you let the other side know that you will not be overlooked. Your attorney will investigate the causes of your injury, determine who is at fault, and make sure they are held responsible for the many costs you are facing.
HOW MUCH MONEY CAN I GET IN MY CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT CASE?
No two cases are the same. One construction worker’s accident case might be worth thousands of dollars, while another’s might be worth millions. Attorneys look at many factors to determine how much their clients’ cases are worth. They will review the expenses you have incurred because of your injury and evaluate the future costs you might face so they can demand payment that accurately reflects your costs.
To get a clearer understanding of what your construction accident case is worth, you should speak directly with an experienced construction injury lawyer. A Tampa construction injury lawyer will be able to give you a better idea of what you should seek in compensation.
At the Feldman Legal Group, we offer free assessments so we can learn more about your situation and give you an initial assessment of what to expect. Contact our construction site accident attorney today by calling 877-946-8293 or filling out our online contact form.
SEEKING DAMAGES IN CONSTRUCTION INJURY CASES
The many costs you face because of a construction accident injury are referred to as damages. These damages include the financial costs and physical or emotional costs of your injury. Here are a few examples of damages an injured worker might encounter in the wake of a construction-related accident…
This includes all the medical bills you are facing, such as hospitalization, ambulatory care, rehabilitation, physical therapy, ongoing care, and medications.
LOSS OF INCOME
This includes not only the income you have lost because of time missed at work but also the income you will not be able to earn in the future because of your inability to work.
PAIN AND SUFFERING
Though physical and emotional pain and suffering aren’t as easy to quantify as other damages, they are incredibly important to factor into your claim, as they have consequences that can last for several years after a serious injury.
Determining the damages that you have encountered is one of the most critical aspects of a successful claim. You want to be sure that you are factoring in all of the costs you face, both economic and non-economic damages. Though this is a difficult task for a worker who is attempting to handle their own claim, it is a process that our experienced construction injury attorneys in Tampa know very well.
WHAT IS THIRD-PARTY LIABILITY IN A CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT LAWSUIT?
When a construction worker’s injuries were caused by someone other than their employer, the worker can file a third-party liability claim to get the compensation they are entitled to. In some cases, a worker who would otherwise be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits might waive those rights in order to pursue compensation in the form of a personal injury claim against a third party. In other cases, a worker might not even have workers’ compensation benefits as an option, and a claim against a third party is the only viable path toward payment.
Third-party liability claims can take many different forms. One of the most common uses of third-party liability claims is lawsuits filed against the manufacturer of defective equipment. Faulty equipment and machinery is a common cause of construction worker injuries. When equipment is faulty because a manufacturer was negligent, the worker has the right to file a legal claim to get compensation for the damages they are facing.
There are other incarnations of third-party liability claims, as well. If your injury was caused by a reckless driver, then you can file a personal injury claim against the driver to get the payment you are entitled to. If the property conditions of a job site were the cause of your accident, the property owner might be held accountable for your expenses.
The amount of money an injured worker can receive in a third-party liability claim generally far exceeds the benefits offered by workers’ compensation insurance programs. If your injuries are very costly and were caused by a party who is not your employer, you could be eligible to file a third-party liability claim.
There are many different paths to compensation for injured construction workers. Let us help you find the best path forward. We will evaluate your case to find out who was at fault so we can hold them accountable for the damages you are facing. Contact our Tampa construction accidental injury attorneys today by calling 877-946-8293 or filling out our online contact form.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO AFTER A CONSTRUCTION SITE INJURY
The steps you take immediately after suffering a serious injury on the job can have a big impact on the success of an injury claim or workers’ compensation claim. After the injury…
- Report the incident to your supervisor as soon as possible. If possible, you should submit this report in writing and keep a copy for your own records.
- If there were any witnesses to the accident, gather the names and contact information of those witnesses.
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident and your injuries. If you are unable to do so, consider asking a witness or a co-worker to do it for you.
- Seek immediate medical attention for your injury. If the injury is an emergency, call an ambulance or go directly to the emergency room. If you are not going to an emergency department, check with your supervisor to find out which doctor is approved by your employer’s insurance plan.
- Contact a construction accident attorney right away. The period following your injury is one filled with the potential for mistakes and opportunities for a more successful claim. An attorney can help you maximize your opportunities and avoid mistakes that could end up costing you money.
- Keep copies of everything. In the days, weeks, and months following your workplace accident, you will likely receive several letters, emails, or bills related to your injury. Keep copies of all these documents and give them to your attorney.
- With the help of your attorney, you might also report the incident to a federal or state agency, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Make sure that your injury is known by your employer and treated by a medical professional. If you attempt to work through a serious injury, your good intentions could be misinterpreted as evidence that your injury didn’t happen. Whether your injury is a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury, or even just a minor fracture, take medical care seriously and remember that prioritizing your health is always in your best interest.
CONSTRUCTION SITE FALLS – A CONSTANT THREAT FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS
Falls in construction lead to around 40 percent of all construction worker deaths. Each year in the United States, there are an average of 310 construction worker deaths caused by falls and more than 10,000 serious construction worker injuries caused by falls, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Falls on a construction site can happen for several reasons. Inadequate training, unsafe property conditions, and lack of safety protocols and equipment are just a few. Workers are most likely to fall from scaffolding, ladders, and roofs.
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE “FATAL FOUR” IN CONSTRUCTION
Construction is a more dangerous industry to work in than most other sectors in the U.S. One in five worker fatalities in the U.S. are in construction. Of those deaths, nearly 60 percent are caused by what safety advocates refer to as the “Fatal Four.”
THE FATAL FOUR CAUSES OF CONSTRUCTION WORKER DEATHS ARE…
- Falls – Falls are typically due to unsafe property conditions, inadequate training, or a lack of safety protocols on a construction site.
- Being struck by an object – This category includes fatal injuries caused by falling objects.
- Electrocutions – Electrocutions on site could be caused by faulty or exposed electrical wiring or defective or improperly used equipment.
- Being caught in or between objects or equipment – This includes an incident in which a worker is stuck or compressed between two pieces of machinery or objects.
For each of the thousands of deaths that occur on construction sites every year in the U.S., there are many more workplace injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury on a construction site, you should consider contacting a construction injury lawyer in Tampa today.
CONSTRUCTION INJURIES FROM YEARS OF WORKING ON CONSTRUCTION SITES
Though many of the injuries we have discussed on this page are due to one specific accident, it is also possible that you are suffering from an injury that occurred gradually over the course of years on construction sites. These injuries include joint problems, back injuries, and other overuse or repetitive stress injuries.
Regardless of your injury type, you deserve compensation for the costs you face. Repetitive stress injuries could be the basis of a workers’ compensation claim or, in some cases, a third-party liability claim. If you are unsure whether your injury qualifies for compensation, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team to schedule a free case evaluation. Contact our team of construction injury attorneys in Tampa, and let us help you get the payment you need.
ARE YOU AN UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT WHO WAS INJURED ON THE JOB? CALL US TODAY
The construction industry relies heavily on undocumented immigrant workers. Though undocumented immigrants might be intimidated by the prospect of filing an injury claim to get compensation, they should know that they also have a right to get payment for the costs they face. No one should have to pay the price for someone else’s negligence.
If you or a loved one is an injured undocumented construction worker, you shouldn’t hesitate to explore all of your legal options. At the Feldman Legal Group, we will meet with you in a free assessment to help you better understand the path to compensation. Call us today at 877-946-8293 or fill out our online contact form to speak to an experienced construction injury lawyer in Tampa.
WHEN CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES GET IT WRONG, WORKERS SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES
The construction industry in Florida is intensely competitive, and it is unfortunately common for companies to prioritize speed and cost control above worker safety — and even the safety of bystanders, delivery personnel, and others. In addition, injured workers often face pressure and intimidation not to report or pursue any type of work injury claim.
At Feldman Legal Group, you can depend on clear guidance from lawyers with extensive knowledge of the relationship between workers’ compensation benefits, disability insurance, and third-party lawsuits for negligence against a contractor, subcontractor, or party other than your employer.
Almost everyone working in construction is aware of constant dangers, but even the most safety-conscious worker can be victimized by a vast range of accidents, including:
- Falls from roofs, ladders, scaffolding, and other heights, down elevator shafts, or into an unmarked or otherwise dangerous hole or trench
- Impact and crush injuries from dropped loads, falling debris, wall and roof collapses or cave-ins
- Heavy equipment accidents involving cranes, loaders, backhoes, forklifts, trucks, and other vehicles on construction sites
- Car and truck accidents while traveling on the job or commuting to and from work sites
- Explosions, fires, and situational or long-term chemical exposure
- Electrical shock and burn injuries or fatal electrocution
- Accidents caused by defective or damaged but unrepaired power tools, hand tools, or other equipment
- Construction site injuries caused or worsened by failures to provide appropriate safety gear such as harnesses, helmets, and safety glasses.
After a construction accident, you may face a long, costly recovery, inability to continue working at your trade, or even total disability. Construction-related injuries can be caused by any number of incidents, including car accidents and premises liability incidents; families left behind after fatal construction accidents typically lose far more than a source of income, and we are proven capable of recovering for the tragic loss of a family member through wrongful death claims.
THE FELDMAN LEGAL GROUP WELCOMES A FIGHT WITH CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES
Ideally, once you know that you have a workplace injury that deserves compensation, you would be given the payment you’re entitled to, either through a workers’ compensation claim or through an offer by the at-fault party. Unfortunately, this isn’t how things play out for injured construction workers.
At the Feldman Legal Group, once our construction injury attorneys in Tampa accept a case, we let the other side know that they owe our clients compensation, and we fight for the payment you are entitled to. We are your advocate, and we will prepare your case to go all the way to trial. Even if your case ultimately results in a settlement, we build it to be trial-ready so the other side knows we mean business.
Construction companies, manufacturers, insurance companies – these are businesses that don’t always play nice when they owe injured people money. If you’ve been injured, you need an attorney who won’t back down. Our construction accident attorneys have years of experience dealing with these companies, and we know what works.
DO YOU NEED A CONSTRUCTION INJURY LAWYER WITH EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE?
You may have many questions about your legal rights and face many decisions about how to pay medical costs and recover other damages. Our statewide and Tampa construction accident lawyers will track and work every aspect of your case, including evidence of OSHA violations and prior accidents that show a history of negligence by a construction company.
General contractors, traditional employees – anyone injured on a construction site deserves compensation for their injuries when they are caused by someone else’s negligence. Construction accident claims aren’t always like a traditional personal injury lawsuit. In a personal injury case like an auto accident, the path to compensation is usually clear-cut; when the injuries involve an injured construction worker, there are several paths a case might take.
We want to assess your needs and help you find the best path forward. We value every client relationship we have. Don’t accept legal advice from an attorney who doesn’t know the details of your situation. Schedule an initial consultation with our experienced team today.
Our personal injury attorneys are always ready with compassion, investigative skills, and legal resourcefulness that could make a critical difference in your ability to provide for your family and future. Please contact our law firm by phone or email for a free evaluation of your potential case.