Construction Site Accidents…Who’s Responsible?
The construction industry makes up for a large sector of employment for workers within Florida. Due to the nature of the work, injuries can sometimes happen. Although when a worker is injured on the job, they begin to go through the workers compensation system only to find that their benefits of choices are extremely limited. Another shocker is that workers most likely can’t sue their employer for injuries regardless of how clearly at fault the employer may have been. The more an injured worker starts to explore the workers comp system, the more hopeless one could feel. A personal injury attorney can help guide you through the compensation system and help you obtain all damages you deserve.
A single construction site is a busy place to be. There are dozens of workers working side by side together on the same tasks or rubbing elbows on tasks that run the gamut in construction. It’s extremely common for these work sites to consist of employees, vendors, and contractors that aren’t employed by the same person or parent company. Because of Florida law, you’re prevented from suing your employer directly – but thankfully you aren’t prevented from bringing a lawsuit against third parties. These third party options are others around the job site who could have contributed to a negligent construction injury.
For injured construction workers who are trying to tackle the system on their own, the only option they may see is workers compensation. The plus side to worker’s comp is that they can receive compensation regardless of fault. The negative side to the system often shows its face in the form of limited benefits or insultingly low payouts. Good natured workers can find themselves having to pay out of pocket for more than half of their medical expenses.
An experienced Florida injury attorney can help you with your case by doing a thorough investigation into the work site. They’ll search everything high and low. Seasoned lawyers will investigate OSHA regulations and practices at the site, look into the designs of the architects for structural concerns and investigate the subcontractors.
With all of these different knowledge points by your side, a personal injury lawsuit is more likely to give you the compensation you need for your injury. If you have been hurt on the job and just aren’t happy with how the workers compensation system is treating you, please reach out to us for a consultation. The good news is that filing for compensation benefits doesn’t eliminate the option for a lawsuit. We’d love to help you get the care you need at a price that doesn’t come fully out of your pocket.