Construction sites are inherently dangerous places, with heavy materials being lifted into the air, dangerous machines being operated, and other potential dangers around every corner. However, there are many safety precautions in place to ensure the security of construction workers. If all the precautions are maintained, there is no reason anyone working construction should be injured.
Sadly, even with all those safety precautions, hundreds of construction workers die on the job every year. Thousands more are injured. Four types of accidents are responsible for more deaths than any others, called “Construction’s Fatal Four.” These are falls, electrocution, being struck by an object, and being pinned between objects. When these accidents occur, many factors could be at play that would allow the injured party to file a claim against the company, equipment manufacturers, or someone else.
If a construction worker is injured while working on the job site, he or she most likely needs to file a worker’s compensation claim. All construction companies are required to have worker’s compensation set up for their employees. Worker’s compensation basically functions as insurance that pays a worker for injuries sustained at work. It will cover the worker’s medical bills and provide temporary or permanent disability benefits, depending on the injury. If a worker dies on the job, his or her family may be qualified to receive death benefits from worker’s compensation as well.
Personal Injury or Wrongful Death on Construction Sites
Not all injuries sustained on construction sites qualify for worker’s compensation, however. Some may be grounds for personal injury or wrongful death claims, depending on the details of the case.
When a personal injury or wrongful death claim is filed by a construction worker or his or her surviving family, many different parties could be at fault for the injuries or death. The courts may find one party wholly responsible for the incident, or they may spread the fault to multiple parties. Parties that could be responsible include the manufacturer of a piece of equipment involved in the accident, the construction company operating the site, or any supervisors or managers working at the site.
Complicated Construction Cases
Because of the numerous possible parties involved as well as the multiple factors that may have contributed to the accident, personal injury or wrongful death cases that originate in a construction site can be incredibly complex and frustrating. Lawsuits may need to be filed for negligence, defective product liability, and more.
Any person who cannot file a worker’s compensation claim but was working on a construction site at the time of the injury should seek expert legal counsel, as should the surviving family of someone who perished in such an accident. Florida residents can contact the law offices of attorney Brandon Stein for professional and compassionate assistance.
We offer free case consultations to explore potential clients’ legal options, and we only charge for services on a contingency basis. This means we will only collect our fees if our clients win their case and receive compensation for damages. This makes our services perfect for those construction workers and families who may not have money to otherwise pay expensive legal fees.