Construction workers sacrifice the best years of their life to make our society function properly. Without them, we wouldn’t have our houses, shopping malls, roads, and every other type of infrastructure you can think of. Unfortunately, they are sometimes forced to work in unsafe conditions, and these hazards can lead to serious accidents and injuries. If you were injured on the job, our Florida construction accident lawyer is here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact Wendy Doyle-Palumbo today.
Those injured on job sites deserve a legal advocate who will fight, tooth and nail, for the compensation they need to get back on their feet again. Our Pasco County, Florida injury lawyer has significant experience handling work-related injury claims, and she can put that experience to work for you.
Construction sites often present a wide range of hazardous conditions that lead to serious injuries. Just some of the most common types of construction accidents, injuries, and their causes, are as follows:
When someone is injured on the job, they will either file a workers’ compensation claim or a third-party claim. In most cases, they’ll file a workers’ compensation claim, but, if the circumstances warrant it, a third-party claim may prove more beneficial. To start, workers’ compensation is a type of no-fault insurance, meaning you can get compensated even if the accident was your fault, as long as you can prove the injury happened on the job. Most employers in Florida are required to carry workers’ compensation. When someone is injured on the job and their employer carries this insurance, they can go through workers’ compensation, which will cover the cost of their medical bills and a portion of their lost wages.
That said, if you were injured due to a third party who is not your employer, such as an independent contractor, a property owner, or even a defective power tool/equipment manufacturer or designer, you may recover compensation through a third-party claim. There is no cap on damages you may recover from a third-party claim like there is with workers’ compensation claims, however, you will have to prove you were injured as a direct result of someone else’s negligence to recover compensation.
Note that if you’re looking to file a workers’ compensation claim, you are required to report your injury to your employer within 30 days of the date your accident occurred. That said, you should report your injury either the day of your accident or the following day. From there, you are required to file your workers’ compensation claim within two years. The statute of limitations for third-party claims is longer (four years from the date of your accident) but still, it’s always best to speak with an attorney and file your claim as soon as possible.
Anyone harmed on the job deserves a competent and aggressive legal advocate who can help them receive the benefits or compensation they need. Wendy Doyle-Palumbo is ready to fight for you. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation with our skilled personal injury law firm.