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Fort Lauderdale Construction Accident Attorney

Were you injured in a construction accident?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the construction industry presents the highest risk of serious injury or fatality to workers, more so than in any other line of work. Supporting this is the fact that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that construction accidents accounted for one out of five workplace fatalities in 2010. Heavy equipment and vehicles, high elevations, and exposed electrical currents are a few of the constant dangers that workers must face when they are on the job in a construction site. If you have suffered serious injury in a construction accident, an attorney from our firm is available to help you seek compensation from any and all of the parties responsible.

The large number of different occupations in the construction industry means that accidents can take many forms, and be brought about by a variety of causes. These causes can include improper work procedures, unsafe site conditions, a failure to furnish adequate safety equipment to workers, and lack of proper training. In the majority of cases, it is the general contractor on the project that is responsible for the safety of workers, but there are also sub-contractors with workers present, and they too may be responsible for the safety of their employees. When an accident occurs that is caused by negligence, several parties may be held financially responsible for the damages suffered by the victim.

The Shocking Statistics on Construction Accidents

According to figures released by OSHA, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Bureau of Labor:

  • There are roughly 150,000 construction site accidents each year
  • In 2005, 1,224 construction workers died on the job
  • One in ten construction workers are injured every year
  • Many construction accidents result in serious injuries to such important body parts as the spine and back

Was another's negligence to blame?

Sometimes a construction accident is entirely the fault of the injured worker. Other times, however, another person is to blame. This could be a fellow crewmember, a sub-contractor, a foreman, the property owner or even the manufacturer of defective equipment. Common accidents involve defective tools, exposed power lines, faulty supports, building collapses, crane collapses, electrical accidents, heavy equipment accidents, slip and fall accidents, chemical exposure, violation of safety regulations, failure to enforce safety regulations, supervision or communication errors and other unsafe practices. If someone else is at fault for your accident, you may be entitled to recover financial compensation for your injuries.

When these accidents happen, they can be devastating to the livelihood and happiness of a victim and his/her family. Not only has the victim lost past, present and future earnings, he or she has to pay for medical bills and endure pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. Sometimes a person is disabled for life after a construction accident and must find a whole new vocation, or the worker may even be killed, leaving a grieving family without any form of financial support.

All construction companies in Florida are required by law to carry no-fault workers' compensation insurance, which provides benefits regardless of who caused the accident. Unfortunately, these benefits may not be enough to support you after such a life-changing injury. Workers' compensation benefits are generally limited to only two-thirds of your average wages, so even if your claim is approved for the full amount you could be left struggling financially. It is in your best interests to meet with an attorney who can help you explore all your options to find any other possible sources of compensation. By proving that another person caused or contributed to your accident, you may be able to file a personal injury claim in pursuit of compensation for all your lost income, medical expenses and even damages for your pain and suffering.

Passionate Legal Help from Weinstein & Scharf, P.A

The attorney team at Weinstein & Scharf, P.A. has over eight decades of combined legal experience. We have represented many injured construction workers and their families, and we know how to get the results you want. If you have been victimized in a construction accident, we are ready to fight for you. Contact our firm today to speak with aFort Lauderdale construction accident attorney from our team.

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