As a Florida construction worker, you put your life on the line to build the infrastructure that keeps our Florida communities running. You work tirelessly to ensure that our roads, bridges, and buildings are safe and functional for all – and play a vital role in rebuilding communities after natural disasters. However, the risk of a Florida construction accident remains high, and the consequences can be devastating to you and your family.
Have you been involved in a construction accident in Florida? The construction injury lawyers at Cohen and Juda, P.A. understand that these accidents can be debilitating and life-altering, causing permanent injuries, medical expenses, and lost wages.
With over 30 years of experience serving construction accident victims in South Florida, we will fight for you to get fair compensation for your injuries. If you or a loved one have been in a construction accident, call us at (954) 424-1440 to schedule your FREE consultation.
What are Some of the Causes of Construction Accidents?
Construction accidents in Florida can happen for many reasons. In this blog, we’ll look at seven of them.
1. Falls from Heights
Workers can fall from ladders, scaffolding, or other elevated surfaces, leading to serious injuries or death.
Workers may be electrocuted by contact with live electrical wires or equipment.
3. Crane Accidents
Cranes can collapse or malfunction, causing injury or death to workers and nearby pedestrians.
4. Equipment-Related Accidents
Workers may be injured by the improper use of heavy equipment, like bulldozers or backhoes.
5. Occupational Illness
Workers may be exposed to hazardous materials such as asbestos, lead, and silica, leading to serious illnesses such as mesothelioma.
6. Lack of Proper Training
Workers may be at risk of injury if they are not properly trained to use equipment or perform tasks safely.
7. Lack of Safety Measures
Workers may be at risk of injury if the construction company does not implement proper safety measures, such as providing fall protection or guarding dangerous equipment.
What Can You Do If You Have Safety Concerns?
If you have concerns about the safety of your work environment, there are several steps you can take to address those concerns:
- Report the Concern to Your Supervisor or Manager. You should inform your supervisor or manager of the concern and provide specific details about the hazard. You should also request that the hazard be addressed immediately.
- File a Complaint with OSHA. If you feel the safety issue has not been addressed or the employer is not following safety regulations, you can file a complaint with OSHA. OSHA will investigate the complaint and take appropriate action if necessary.
- Speak with a Construction Injury Lawyer. You may have legal rights and options if you have been injured due to unsafe working conditions. A construction injury lawyer can help you understand your rights and can assist you in pursuing compensation for your injuries.
- Union Representation. You can contact your union representative and request representation if you are part of a union. The union representative will be able to advocate for you and help address the issue.
- Refusing to Work. In some cases, if you feel that the working conditions are unsafe and your employer is not taking action, you have the right to refuse to work. However, it is crucial to be aware that this is a serious step, and you should consider the consequences before refusing to work.
You have the right to work in a safe environment. Employers are legally responsible for providing a safe working environment for you. Do not hesitate to take the necessary steps to address any safety concerns, and contact a construction injury lawyer if safety violations lead to an injury on the job.
Am I Covered by Workers’ Compensation If I’m in a Construction Accident?
In Florida, if you are injured on the job, you are typically eligible to receive benefits under the workers’ compensation system.
As Florida workers’ comp attorneys, we can answer any questions and assist you with filing a workers’ comp claim. You might also be able to pursue a personal injury claim if you were injured on the job due to the fault of a third party (subcontractor negligence, etc.).
How a Construction Injury Lawyer Can Help You
Here are some of the ways a construction injury lawyer can help you if you have been injured on the job:
- Proving Liability: A construction injury lawyer can help you prove that the accident was caused by negligence on the part of the employer or another party. This may include proving that the employer failed to: provide proper training, comply with safety regulations, or maintain equipment properly.
- Negotiating with Insurance Companies: A construction injury lawyer can help you negotiate with the insurance company to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries. Your lawyer can help you understand the claims process and represent you in negotiations with the insurance company.
- Filing a Lawsuit: If you cannot reach a settlement with the insurance company, a construction injury lawyer can help you file a lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. Your lawyer can gather evidence, build a solid case and represent you in court.
Call Cohen and Juda, P.A. If You’ve Been in a South Florida Construction Accident
If you have been involved in a South Florida construction accident, you need attorneys with the experience, knowledge, and resources to help you through the legal process. At Cohen and Juda, P.A., we understand that construction accidents can be traumatic, and we will work closely with you to ensure your rights are protected and you get the support you need to recover from your injuries.
We will take the time to understand your case, answer your questions, and provide you with guidance and advice every step of the way.
We will not back down from insurance companies or other parties who may be liable for your injuries. Our law firm has been helping clients seek damages for their injuries and restore their lives for over 30 years, and we are here to help you too.
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