Official data from the Federal Bureau of Labor and Statistics shows that approximately one in four workplace fatalities occurring in Florida happen within the construction industry. Construction workers are not the only ones at risk. Visitors and people passing by a construction site are also exposed to the possibility of being involved in a construction accident in Florida. While most of these accidents will result in injuries, some of them may prove fatal.
Construction sites are inherently dangerous locations. The most common accidents at construction sites are falls, objects hitting individuals, electrocution, and someone becoming stuck in or between something.
These four situations are responsible for over 60% of all construction site fatalities. The repercussions of being in a construction accident are numerous. Some of the most common ones are the following:
A majority of construction accidents will come under either Florida’s premises liability laws or a workers’ compensation program. Whenever a construction worker sustains an injury while working on a construction site, he or she should file a worker’s compensation claim. Before doing so, the worker should contact an experienced Florida construction accident lawyer. A workers’ compensation claim can quickly transform into a lawsuit, depending on the nature of the accident. To know where your claim is headed, you will have to speak with your construction accident attorney and to receive advice on what your best course of action.
If the injured individual is someone other than an employee or contracted worker on a construction site, the liability may rest with the owner or developer of the property. According to Florida law, both of these parties must provide safe conditions for anyone visiting their property. If this turns out to not be the case, a court has the ability to decide that they have breached their duty of care. As a result, they will be held liable for the injuries that a visitor has sustained.
Finally, a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer of something involved in a construction accident has the potential to face liability. If there was a defective or malfunctioning piece of equipment or machinery, this can be grounds for damages. An attorney at Louis Law Group can help you determine what the liability is for the injuries you have sustained.
If you have suffered from an injury caused by the negligence of someone while you were at a construction site, either as a construction worker, visitor, or someone passing by, you may be entitled to compensation, according to Florida personal injury law. To find out more, contact Louis Law Group and schedule a free consultation. Our team of experienced construction accident lawyers will help you understand what your rights are as a victim of a construction accident.