Construction Accident Lawyer in Tampa, FL
Who can I sue if I am injured while working on a construction site?
Construction site injuries are very common, especially in a state like Florida where roads and structures are constantly being built. There are some surprising and interesting statistics regarding construction injuries. Did you know that one in ten construction workers are injured every year? Or that 60% of construction site injuries occur within the worker’s first year of employment? Falls are the most common cause of fatal injuries, and the most violated OSHA standard is the failure to follow proper fall prevention guidelines.
The most common construction site injuries include the following:
- Defective equipment
- Objects falling
- Slip and falls
- Crush injuries
- Burns and explosions
- Traumatic Brain injuries
If you have been injured while working on a construction site, it can be very complicated to determine who was at fault. There are often many contractors working on a site at any given time and you will need a personal injury attorney who is experienced in construction site injury claims to guide you through the process. The relationships among the various contractors can be quite complicated and often involve detailed written contracts that must be analyzed and interpreted.
You will also need an experienced attorney to determine if your claim will be limited by workers compensation laws. If you have been a victim of a construction site accident, you have likely been seriously injured and have many medical issues and financial difficulties. Having an attorney by your side with vast experience in construction accident cases will help you identify the at-fault party and recover all of the damages to which you are entitled.
If you have been involved in a construction incident or accident, and believe you have a claim for your injuries, let the attorneys at Jeff Murphy Law help you with your case.
Get in touch with us for a free consultation so you can learn more about your legal rights and properly protect yourself and your family.
How Can I File a Construction Accident Lawsuit if I Qualify for Workers’ Compensation?
There are construction accident scenarios that occur wherein the accident victim isn’t covered by workers’ compensation. Most often, this is because the accident victim is an independent contractor or their employer is subject to a workers’ compensation coverage exception. In such cases, our Tampa, FL construction accident lawyer works with accident victims to file personal injury lawsuits and/or negotiate with private insurance providers to obtain any compensation to which the victims are entitled.
However, there are also construction accident scenarios wherein an accident victim who is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits is also able to file a third-party personal injury lawsuit. Most of the time, workers’ compensation coverage bars workers from suing their employers. However, if a third party contributes to the harm you have suffered, you may be eligible to both collect workers’ compensation benefits and hold that third party accountable in a lawsuit. Two of the most common situations in which this dual compensation opportunity presents itself involve road construction and defective equipment. If a motorist strikes you while you’re working in a road construction zone or if defective equipment leads to your harm, you may be able to collect workers’ comp benefits and hold the motorist or equipment manufacturer accountable for the harm they caused you.
Do I Need a Lawyer to File a Lawsuit?
It’s not a good idea to try to file a personal injury lawsuit related to a construction accident on your own. This area of the law is particularly complex because of its intersection with workers’ compensation law. No insurance company or large enterprise is going to be interested in offering you the maximum amount of compensation you’re entitled to at the expense of their bottom line. They may offer you a settlement, but it is statistically very, very unlikely that the initial offer will be fair. If you’re interested in filing a personal injury lawsuit in the wake of a construction accident, please consider allowing our experienced Tampa, FL construction accident lawyer to advocate on behalf of your interests.
Legal Assistance Is Available
If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, please connect with the experienced Florida legal team at Jeff Murphy Law today. You don’t need to understand the ins and outs of your case and your legal options right now. That’s our job. Your job is two-fold. First, you’ll need to connect with an experienced construction accident lawyer in Tampa, FL so that you can preserve your legal options before time runs out (the law only allows you so much time to exercise certain legal rights). Once we understand the circumstances surrounding your accident, we’ll be able to tell you which options are available and which have the strongest opportunities for success. Second, your job is to focus on your recovery. We’ll handle the heavy lifting so that you don’t have to. Please call today to schedule a free case evaluation. We look forward to speaking with you.