Construction sites are incredibly dangerous places. Whether you are a construction worker or just a passerby, construction sites present serious and often unavoidable risks. However, those injured in construction accidents can pursue a claim for compensation against one or more parties responsible for the site. At the personal injury law firm of Friedman Rodman Frank & Estrada, our construction accident lawyers have almost a century of combined experience helping accident victims recover noteworthy compensation for what they’ve been through.Types of Construction Accidents
There are many hazards on a construction site. And while the risks associated with these hazards can be effectively managed in most cases, sometimes a negligent construction company fails to take the necessary precautions to protect workers and pedestrians.
Some of the most common types of construction accidents include:
- Slip and falls
- Multi-story falls
- Electrical accidents
- Trench collapses
- Crane accidents
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Power tool injuries
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Collapsing or defective scaffolding
Regardless of the nature of the accident resulting in your injury, the construction accident lawyers at Friedman Rodman Frank & Estrada are here to help you understand your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.Workers’ Compensation Claims Versus Third-Party Personal Injury Cases
Workers injured in a construction accident have two ways to pursue compensation. The first is a Florida workers’ compensation claim. The workers’ compensation system is a no-fault program designed to quickly provide injured workers with compensation after an on-the-job accident. The benefit of a workers’ compensation claim is that you do not need to prove that someone else was responsible for your injuries. However, the downside to these claims is that they offer limited compensation. For example, injured workers can recover for their medical expenses and lost wages through a workers’ compensation claim but cannot obtain compensation for their non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. A workers’ compensation claim is an employee’s sole remedy against their employer in most cases.
The other option is to file a third-party personal injury lawsuit. Unlike a workers’ compensation claim, personal injury lawsuits require you to prove that another party negligently caused your injuries. For example, if you were injured in a construction accident due to a dangerous or defective product, you could pursue a third-party workplace accident lawsuit against the manufacturer and supplier of the product. However, generally speaking, you cannot bring a personal injury case against an employer unless they either did not obtain workers’ compensation insurance or caused your injuries intentionally. Other examples of parties that may be liable through a construction site personal injury lawsuit include:
- Contractors and subcontractors,
- Workers of your employer or another employer; and
- Construction site owners.
While proving a third-party lawsuit is more challenging than obtaining workers’ compensation benefits, the payoff is also usually greater. This is because you can not only recover for your medical expenses and lost wages but also for the non-economic damages you suffered as a result of the accident. Non-economic damages include things such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and disfigurement.Have You Been Injured in a Miami Construction Accident?
Construction accidents are almost always preventable, had those in control taken the necessary precautions. If you or a loved one recently suffered serious injuries in a South Florida construction accident, reach out to the lawyers at Friedman Rodman Frank & Estrada. Our lawyers handle both personal injury and workers’ compensation claims on behalf of injured construction workers. We also represent pedestrians, motorists and others who were injured in construction site accidents. We provide all prospective clients with a free consultation, during which we will answer your questions and explain the recovery process in clear, understandable terms. If you decide to bring us on board, we will not charge you for our legal services unless and until we can win your case. To learn more, and to schedule a free case evaluation, contact us at 877-448-8585. We proudly represent clients throughout South Florida, including but not limited to Miami, Miami Beach, Naples, Homestead, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.