If you have been injured on your job site, you may have a claim.
Florida is growing fast. And with that growth comes tons of new construction. In fact, in 2014 Florida led the nation in construction jobs. Residents of Central Florida only need to venture down 417 to see the Lake Nona area exploding. Orlando is pushing west as well, and developers plan to add thousands of homes in the Winter Garden area off 429. While the building is a good sign for the local Florida economy, the new construction also has risks; new building means the likelihood of workers suffering construction related injuries increases.
Working construction is one of the hardest and most dangerous jobs in America. Approximately 150,000 injuries occur as a result of construction workplace accidents annually (The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). As you may guess, the leading cause of construction workplace accidents are falls. Another substantial portion of the workers injured on the job suffer head injuries, which frequently result in brain damage.
While construction related deaths don’t make national headlines, they do happen. They happen more than you think. Before the OSHA was created 43 years ago, an estimated 14,000 workers were killed on the job every year. Today, workplaces are much safer, going from 38 fatal injuries a day to 12. The BLS reported in 2008 that, in Florida, construction accidents made up 44 percent of the work-related fatalities in the state.
YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION AFTER CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS
Workers have rights. When a construction worker suffer injuries at work, they have the right to seek compensation for their injuries. These workers’ rights, however, are more limited than in many other personal injury lawsuit situations. Should you have suffered a construction injury on the job, be sure to call our experienced law firm.
Every personal injury case in unique. Depending on the circumstances of the worker’s accident and injuries, the worker may recover due to the negligence of the non-employer. These parties could include property owners & managers, general contractors, construction managers, developers, engineers and architects. As an example, if a worker suffers harm as a result of an accident where a faulty tool or defective equipment is in question, then that worker may pursue a claim against the manufacturer of that device under the legal theory of product liability. These devices may include safety harnesses or other safety equipment.
The bottom line is, if you have suffered a construction injury, you need to seek medical attention and call The Law Offices of Jerrod Paul.