Orlando Construction Accident Lawyer
Construction is one of the most dangerous professions in Florida and across the country. In spite of numerous safety regulations, 775 construction workers are killed on the job each year in the U.S., and an estimated 72,000 suffer non-fatal injuries, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.
If you are among those who have been injured or lost a family member in a construction accident, attorney Frank M. Eidson can help you to seek the workers’ compensation benefits and/or personal injury compensation you deserve. With more than two decades of experience with helping injured workers and their families, he has the skill and experience that is needed to protect your rights.
To schedule a free consultation, call or connect with us online. Orlando construction accident lawyer Frank M. Eidson, P.A., serves clients in Orlando, Winter Park and throughout the state of Florida.
Why Do Construction Accidents Occur?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the following are the leading types of construction accidents that lead to injuries:
- Strains and sprains (from either traumatic events or as the result of repetitive stress)
- Falls (from roofs, ladders, scaffolding and through unguarded openings)
- Struck by objects (falling building materials, tools, equipment or debris)
- Being caught in or compressed by machinery (often due to the failure to follow proper lockout-tagout procedure)
- Trench collapses (frequently due to the failure to provide proper supports)
- Explosions and fires
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Vehicle accidents (including cranes, forklifts and trucks).
Unfortunately, many of these accidents occur because of careless employers, co-workers or other parties at a construction site. Often, they result from violations of safety regulations that have been established by OSHA or Florida statutes.
For example, accidents may occur due to:
- Negligently constructed or maintained scaffold systems
- Lack of fall protection
- Faulty wiring and electrical equipment
- Poorly maintained equipment and tools
- Failure to communicate important information about hazardous materials being used on the job site
- A failure to have policies and procedures in place that ensure worker safety.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a construction accident, it will be important to have the incident thoroughly investigated. An attorney can collect physical evidence, review company records (including past safety violations) and interview witnesses. Any attorney can also consult with engineers and safety experts to determine why the construction accident occurred.
Seeking Benefits and/or Compensation after a Construction Accident
A construction accident can lead to severe injuries, including:
- Vision impairment or blindness
- Loss of limbs / amputation
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
Injured construction workers may be eligible to turn to their employer’s workers’ compensation insurer for benefits that can cover their medical expenses and replace a portion of their lost wages.
In some instances, a personal injury claim may be pursued against the construction company, site owner, architects, engineers or others who may be at fault for the accident. A personal injury claim could seek compensation for medical benefits and lost income but pain and suffering and other damages as well, which will be necessary to help a victim in his or her recovery.
Frank M. Eidson can also help surviving family members to obtain workers’ compensation death benefits and/or to pursue a wrongful death claim against a negligent party who caused a loved one’s death.
Contact an Orlando Construction Accident Lawyer
It is important to take prompt action after a construction accident. Contact Frank M. Eidson, P.A. We serve clients in Orlando, Winter Park and all of Central Florida, and will provide a free, immediate review of your case and help you to understand your legal rights and the options available to you for seeking the compensation and benefits you need and deserve.