Construction zones can pose a hazard to workers and others in the area. If you suffered an accident on a construction site, whether as an employee or a bystander, you may deserve compensation for your injuries.
A Gainesville construction accident lawyer with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you pursue a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim.
For a free legal consultation with a construction accidents lawyer serving Gainesville, call (800) 747-3733
Construction Zones Are Inherently Dangerous
Heavy machinery and equipment, workers working from heights, and the presence of hazardous materials are all common on construction sites. Even with safety procedures in place, construction zones can pose a threat to workers and those passing by or through the area. Potential construction site incidents include:
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Burns or explosions
- Getting hit, crushed, or run over by a vehicle or object
- Exposure to toxic or hazardous materials
- Exposure to loud noises
- Injuries caused by collapsing walls, structures, or trenches
- Machinery accidents
These accidents can result in severe injuries, including:
- Back, neck, and spine injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Crushed and/or broken bones
- Loss of a limb
- Internal damage
- Loss of hearing
- Occupational illnesses
- Paralysis or loss of mobility
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Workers’ Compensation Can Cover Your Employment-Related Construction Injury
If you were hurt while employed as a construction worker, our attorneys can assist you with a workers’ compensation claim. According to the Florida Chief Financial Officer, your employer’s insurance covers authorized, necessary medical care related to your construction injury, including:
- Doctor visits
- Hospital stays
- Diagnostic testing
- Medical devices and mobility aids
- Physical therapy
- Nursing care
- Expenses related to medical travel
Workers’ compensation also provides disability benefits to employees injured on the job. These benefits generally amount to around two-thirds of your previous weekly wage but cannot exceed Florida’s average weekly wage.
Whether your injury is permanent and whether you can work in any capacity will affect the value of your disability benefits. Our attorneys can help you fight for the maximum amount of wage benefits available to you.
Florida’s Construction Industry Has a High Rate of Worker Fatalities
In Florida in 2019, the private construction industry had more worker fatalities than any other occupation with 91 deaths, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
If your loved one died while working on a construction site, workers’ compensation offers death benefits.
Death benefits include the cost of your loved one’s funeral and burial expenses (up to $7,500), compensation to the deceased’s dependents, and educational benefits for the surviving spouse. The total value of these benefits cannot exceed $150,000.
Pursuing Awards for Injuries Sustained As a Construction Zone Bystander
Sometimes, non-workers sustain injuries on construction sites. This may be a pedestrian traveling by or through the site, a motorist, or someone visiting the site for purposes not related to construction, such as a food delivery person.
When construction site bystanders suffer injuries, they may be eligible to pursue compensation through the responsible party’s liability insurance or via a personal injury lawsuit. You could win awards for:
- Your past and future medical treatment
- You lost wages
- Your loss of future earning capacity if your injuries prevent you from returning to work
- Personal property damages
While workers’ compensation claims do not include awards for pain and suffering, you can seek these damages as a non-worker. Pain and suffering awards may include compensation for stress, depression, physical pain, loss of mobility, loss of enjoyment of life, scarring and disfigurement, and mental anguish.
Wrongful Death Cases
If your loved one died in a construction accident, you may have the right to receive compensation for their wrongful death. The deceased’s estate may recoup the cost of medical expenses, funeral expenses, and lost wages and benefits.
Surviving family members may also seek awards for their pain and suffering and the loss of their loved one’s companionship, protection, support, and services.
Work Zone Automobile Accidents
Road Work zones are dangerous areas for motorists. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), in 2019, nearly 850 people died in work zone crashes. Overall, work zone crash deaths have increased 44 percent since 2010. If you suffered injuries in a work zone car accident, our attorneys can investigate your crash and advise you of your best options for pursuing monetary awards.
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We Can Handle Your Workers’ Compensation or Liability Insurance Claims
Whether a worker or a non-worker, our legal team in Gainesville can help you through every step of your insurance claim. We can:
- File your initial claims
- Prove negligence (for personal injury)
- Prove your injuries occurred on the job (for workers’ compensation)
- Collect testimony from eyewitnesses and experts
- Seek reimbursement for medical expenses and estimate your future care needs
- Fight for the maximum amount of compensation available to you
- Push back against denied or underpaid claims or represent you during workers’ compensation appeals
When Can You Take Legal Action?
Non-workers can pursue a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit if insurance does not offer an adequate financial solution. Usually, workers cannot step outside the workers’ compensation system and sue their employer. However, workers may have grounds for a lawsuit if:
- A third party caused your injuries (such as the manufacturer of faulty equipment).
- Your injury resulted from your employer’s intentional misconduct or gross negligence.
- Your employer does not carry adequate workers’ compensation coverage or denies your claim in bad faith.
If you take legal action, you must file a personal injury lawsuit within four years of your accident, and you must file wrongful death lawsuits within two years of your loved one’s passing, according to Florida Statutes § 95.11.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Is Here for You
Our team goes the extra mile for our clients. If you choose our firm, we will give you access to our team 24/7, including providing you with your attorney’s phone number. We get results, and we keep you updated every step of the way.
You worry about getting better. We take care of everything else. Call our offices at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation.