Port St. Lucie Construction Accident Attorneys
Construction workers put their health and safety every single day at work. Despite the labor laws that mandate employers to ensure the safety of workers in the workplace, accidents still happen often. Every year, many construction workers suffer debilitating injuries, while others lose their lives in construction accidents. Unfortunately, many employers and related parties cut corners and risk workers’ lives for profit.
When you have suffered an injury in a construction accident, fighting for compensation is one of the most crucial things you must do to deal with your financial, physical, and emotional burdens. Even if you are legally entitled to recover money for your losses, getting it is rarely easy. Insurance providers, contractors, construction site or property owners, equipment manufacturers, and other potentially liable parties will not hand you the money willingly.
To find out how you can recover all the damages you are entitled to under the law, contact the Port St. Lucie construction accident attorneys at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa. We have more than 35 years of experience and resources that we will use to secure maximum compensation on your behalf.
Port St. Lucie Construction Accidents We Handle
The Port St. Lucie construction accident attorneys at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa routinely handle various construction accident cases that occurred due to:
- Building collapse
- Trench collapse
- Demolition accidents
- Crane accidents
- Defective or dangerous equipment accidents
- Electrocution accidents
- Falling objects
- Forklift accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Structure failure
- Welding accidents
- Caught in between accidents
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Wrongful death
These construction accidents can lead to a range of injuries, from multiple fractures, spinal trauma, and traumatic brain injuries to long-term or permanent disabilities, which will require expensive treatment and a lengthy recovery.
Common Injuries From Construction Accidents
Due to the inherently dangerous nature of construction work, construction workers are highly susceptible to a wide variety of injuries. Working near or with heavy equipment, in trenches, on top of buildings, and operating power tools – all these are potential dangers for construction workers, and the resulting injuries, like the following, can be immensely devastating:
- Traumatic amputation
- Multiple fractures, including in the arms, hands, back, shoulder, skull, legs, feet, etc.
- Severe lacerations and bruises
- Diseases and eye injuries from exposure to toxic substances
- Burns from electrocutions or fires
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Hearing loss
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Neck and chest injuries
- Internal organ trauma
- Internal bleeding
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
The type of construction accident and the severity and exact nature of the injury can vary based on the work being performed and the specific circumstances of the accident. The sad reality is that many of these injuries could have been prevented if relevant parties had followed the proper safety standards.
In the most severe accidents, the injuries suffered by workers will cause permanent disabilities, or worse, death. Whatever the case, our Port St. Lucie construction accident attorneys can help you hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions and liable for your losses.
Compensation Options for Port St. Lucie Construction Accidents
Workers’ Compensation Insurance Benefits
If you were injured while doing your duties, your injury must be covered by workers’ comp insurance whether the accident occurred in the workplace or any place where you had to be for work. This rule applies even if you contributed to the accident because workers’ comp insurance follows the no-fault system. On the other hand, this rule will not apply if you are an independent contractor or were intoxicated or violating company policy when the accident happened.
Workers’ compensation insurance covers payment for accident-related medical bills, lost wages, and disability benefits if you suffer a temporary or permanent disability. In the event that you can’t work at all, you may also receive total disability benefits. In addition, if you need to work a lower-paying job because you’re on restricted duty, you may receive partial disability benefits, which cover some of the money you lost because of the lower wage.
If a construction accident results in a death, the deceased’s surviving family members can receive death benefits from the workers’ compensation system. It is important to note that filing a personal injury lawsuit against an employer is usually not possible, except in cases where the actions of the employer were particularly egregious.
Personal Injury Claims Against Third Parties
A third-party claim is usually an option in construction accident cases where another party, other than employers, caused or contributed to the accident. For instance, if a contractor overseeing the construction project was negligent and their negligence resulted in the accident and your injuries, you may be able to sue them for damages. Similarly, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against a product manufacturer if a piece of defective equipment caused the accident.
A third-party claim will enable you to seek other types of damages that workers’ compensation doesn’t cover, including compensation for pain and suffering and other non-economic damages. But you must prove negligence on the part of the third party to win your case.
What Our Port St. Lucie Construction Accident Attorneys Can Do For You
If you are struggling with a construction accident injury and all the hassles that come with it, you can turn to the Port St. Lucie construction accident attorneys at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa for legal guidance. We will:
- Determine whether filing a workers’ compensation claim or third-party liability lawsuit (or both) is the best option for your situation.
- Deal with the workers’ comp insurance provider if they are disputing your claim or not giving you the benefits you deserve.
- Collect evidence for your workers’ comp claim or third-party lawsuit to prove your losses.
- Appeal your workers’ comp claim if the insurer denies it.
- Negotiate with the insurers of third parties involved in your claim or take them to court if they don’t want to negotiate fairly.
Get In Touch With Our Port St. Lucie Construction Accident Attorneys
We know and understand just how devastating and life-changing a construction accident injury can be. That is why our Port St. Lucie construction accident attorneys go above and beyond for our clients to ensure that they receive all the benefits and compensation they need to heal and move on from the accident. Contact Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa at 772-878-3880 or online to arrange your free consultation with our Port St. Lucie construction accident attorney.
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