Common Construction Accident Questions
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Having successfully handled complex construction accident claims involving traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, burn injury, and amputation, our attorney boasts an exceptional track record of aggressive representation. To discuss your potential claim, contact construction accident attorney Frank M. Eidson today.
What are some common construction accident causes?
The most commonly reported construction site injuries usually involve falls, often from roofs, ladders, or scaffolds. Electrocution and severe electrical burns are also a major source of construction injuries. When managers and property owners fail to define the location of electrical lines, the results are often severe electrical burns and in some cases even wrongful death.
Trench collapses are particularly dangerous construction accidents. Co-workers and emergency personnel lose precious time as they struggle to gain access to workers who are not only injured, but buried.
What is a construction accident claim?
Florida state law requires that construction companies provide their workers a reasonably safe worksite. Furthermore, employers should develop and implement safety programs, inspect the site for safety compliance, coordinate job safety, warn of any potential dangers related to the site or work, and prescribe the necessary safety equipment. When an employer fails in this duty, victims may pursue a construction accident claim.
Actually, there are two types of construction accident claims. Workers’ compensation claims provide medical benefits to workplace injury victims. However, an injured construction worker may also have the option of filing a third-party personal injury claim against any party other than the employer who is partially responsible for the accident.
What is a third-party negligence claim?
In a typical workers’ compensation case, there are usually two main parties – the injured worker and the employer who is bound by Florida state labor laws to compensate the injured employee. Sometimes, however, there is a third party – either a person or legal entity who is partially responsible for the construction accident and therefore liable for the injuries that the worker suffered as a result.
Unlike with the injured worker’s employer, there are no laws in place that limit the damages owed by a third party who contributed to the injury-producing accident.Third-party negligence cases are most commonly seen when the work-related injury occurred at a construction site because so many people – foremen, contractors, subcontractors, engineers, safety consultants, property owners, heavy machinery maintenance companies, and others – have a potential partial duty to construction worker safety.
Filing a work-related injuries claim or workers’ compensation appeal in Florida is often a complex, stressful process. There is a high probability that your workers’ compensation claim will either be initially denied or that the first settlement offer will be less than the claim is worth. Maximizing the value of your construction accident or workers’ compensation claim often requires successfully pursuing one or more successful appeals. Appeals can involve presenting your claim before a claim’s evaluation committee. A convincing claim appeal is best handled by a trained and experienced construction accident attorney skilled in the construction of legally convincing arguments.
If a third party, such as a manufacturer or a subcontractor, was fully or partially responsible for the construction accident, then you may be able to seek additional legal damages in a third party case. Successfully litigating a third-party negligence case involves a thorough knowledge of state and federal labor laws, as well as a business and personal injury law background – knowledge that usually only a qualified attorney possesses.
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Orlando construction accident attorney, Frank M. Eidson, can help you maximize your financial recovery. To discuss your potential claim, contact our office today.