Construction Worker Injuries in Florida
Construction sites are dangerous places. Not only is the work physical, but construction workers are often required to use heavy machinery, work around dangerous equipment, work in high places, and work on roadsides where automobile accidents occur. Unfortunately, because of the nature of this work, construction workers face a greater risk of injuries on the job.
If you are a construction worker who was injured on the job, you may be faced with serious medical problems, ongoing pain, and financial worries due to missed work and medical limitations. Florida law provides a number of protections for construction workers who are harmed at work. It is important that you understand your rights and make sure you receive the benefits that you are entitled to.
Call the Law Office of J.J. Talbott today for a free consultation and allow us to examine your case. We can also advise you whether you can file a third-party liability claim against the person who caused your injuries.
Simply call us today at (850) 437-9600.
Construction Site Injuries
There are many different hazards that construction workers face. According to the United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the top causes of injuries on construction sites include:
- Falling from heights – A worker may fall from a roof, scaffolding, or fall off a piece of machinery to the ground. Workers can also fall into holes or ditches on construction sites.
- Trench collapse – When a trench collapses, a worker can be buried alive, the worker’s air supply can be cut off, and they can suffer crushing injuries.
- Collapsed scaffolding – OSHA has strict rules to ensure the safety and stability of scaffolding, but things can and often still go wrong, causing a worker to fall and sustain serious injury or death.
- Electric shock and or arc flash/blast – Working with generators, power tools, machinery, and electrical wiring all create potential hazards that put construction workers at risk of being electrocuted or suffering other electrical injuries such as burns.
- Failure to use appropriate protective gear – Hardhats, safety glasses, and other personal protective equipment (PPO) should always be worn on construction sites to prevent injury.
- Repetitive motion injuries – When the body is repeatedly asked to do the same things again and again, the muscles and soft tissues can become worn and damaged, limiting mobility and causing pain.
Additionally, workers on a construction site are hurt as a result of traffic accidents, such as being hit by another vehicle, ladder collapses, removed safety devices, malfunctioning tools or equipment, and errors made by other workers.
At the Law Office of JJ Talbott, we represent construction workers who have suffered a variety of serious injuries, including:
- Eye injury, including vision impairment or blindness
- Broken bones
- Knee injuries
- Foot and ankle injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Neck or back injury
- Spinal cord injuries,
- Illnesses caused by toxic chemical exposure
- Head injuries and/or brain injuries.
How We Can Help You!
If you or a loved one was hurt while performing work in a construction job, a workers’ compensation lawyer from the Law Office of JJ Talbott can provide you with comprehensive legal representation concerning your case. We can help:
- File a workers’ compensation claim.
- Determine whether you have a third-party liability claim.
- Force the insurance company to pay the medical bills for work-related accidents,
- Force the insurance company to provide appropriate medical care,
- Collect unpaid indemnity or money benefits,
- Make sure the insurance company is paying you at the proper average weekly wage,
- Gather and preserve evidence to prove your eligibility for compensation
- Keep your claim moving forward
- Fight a workers’ compensation claim denial
- Negotiate a settlement if there is a dispute over benefits
- File a third-party lawsuit in court and/or negotiate a settlement with a responsible third party
These are just some of the many services that our lawyers provide to clients across the State of Florida and Alabama. For more information about how we can assist you after your construction accident, give us a call today to schedule a free consultation. You will pay no attorney fees unless we secure benefits for you.