The federal government agency responsible for the safety and protection of American workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),1 an agency housed in the federal Department of Labor, has estimated that just about 6.5 million people work on approximately 252,000 construction sites2 across the country on any given work day. Given the physical nature of the job and the large number of workers, the construction industry has one of the highest fatal injury rates.
- Trench collapses;
- Scaffolding collapses;
- Electric shock or arc blasts from welding equipment; and
- Failure to wear protective gear.
These are obviously not the only hazards, only the more common ones. In addition, many construction workers survive their injuries but still suffer long-term effects. Other common construction injuries include:
- Exposure to toxic or noxious chemicals/fumes;
- Severe cuts;
- Broken bones; and
Aggressive Workers’ Compensation Attorney Needed for Maximum Recovery
Many of these injuries take months to recover from, during which time the construction worker is likely out of work. Not only are they losing income but they are also incurring substantial medical bills. Florida’s workers’ compensation laws allow for a worker to be paid a portion of their income while they are not working and for their reasonable medical treatments. An aggressive attorney is needed to ensure that the worker is properly compensated for these losses.
Third Party Negligence Claims may be Available, Even When Covered by Workers’ Compensation Laws
Florida law allows a person who collected or is collecting under the workers’ compensation laws to maintain a separate and distinct personal injury case against a negligent third party. The workers’ compensation case is between the employer and employee. If, however, the worker was injured while on the property of a third party, for example, or because a defective safety or work product, that worker can then sue the third party for the injuries that they caused by their negligence. Injuries of this nature include not only injuries sustained in a trauma or some similar event, but also include the exposure to toxic chemicals, such as the handling of lead-based paint at a property rehabilitation or inhalation of certain heavy metals during welding.
Contact Your Clearwater, FL Construction Accident Attorney Today
The attorneys of the Dolman Law Group in Clearwater, Fl. have years of experience representing injured victims in any number of tragic construction site accidents. They know the toll that these injuries can incur on the victims and their families. If you have been injured in any construction site accident, it is imperative that you contact the Dolman Law Group immediately for representation – not only for a workers’ compensation case but also to determine if you have a viable personal injury case against a third party.
We can be reached online here or by calling us directly at (727) 853-6275 for your free initial consultation.
Dolman Law Group
5435 Main Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652