As a construction worker, you’re well aware that your job is dangerous. Even if you’ve avoided injury in the past, you never know what the future could bring. In an overall sense, a construction site is one of the most dangerous and hazardous work environments. From the presence of large machinery and dangerous tools to long hours and hot temperatures, the potential for trouble runs deep. If you or a loved one was injured in a Florida construction accident, don’t hesitate to contact us online or at 561-513-4376. Our Florida construction accident lawyers represent injured workers in Orlando, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, and surrounding areas.
Regardless of the type of construction, location, or stage of the project, there is trouble lurking around every corner. Even if your employer has strict safety regulations and protocols in place, there’s always the risk of an accident. Understanding the most common causes of construction site injuries can help prevent trouble.
All of these can cause serious on-the-job injuries that make it difficult for you to return to work in the near future, if at all.
Now, let’s turn our attention to the many types of construction accident injuries.
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You do your best to protect against a Florida construction site accident, but that’s not always enough. Should you find yourself in this position, you must take the right steps, in the right order, at the right time. Here’s what you need to do:
This is your top priority. Don’t attempt to get up, dust yourself off, and get back to work. It’s best to stay where you are and carefully assess your injuries. Also, keep in mind that some injuries don’t present symptoms right away. A concussion is one such example, as you may not realize that you have a head injury for several hours.
This goes along with the first step of assessing your injuries. Once you know what you’re dealing with, you can decide how to best receive medical treatment. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so call 911 to request an ambulance in the event of a serious injury, such as a broken bone or head trauma. If that’s not an option or unnecessary, ask a coworker to transport you to a local hospital or urgent care facility. Never assume that you can treat your injuries at home. Not only does this put your health at risk, but it can hinder your ability to obtain compensation for your damages.
If possible, report your accident and injuries to a supervisor or HR professional before leaving the scene. Doing so reduces the likelihood of your employer arguing that you were not injured on the job. Should you be unable to do so — such as the result of a serious injury — ask a coworker if they can inform your company as to what happened.
After being evaluated and receiving initial treatment, your medical team can discuss what comes next. This includes both your long-term treatment strategy and prognosis. Your medical team knows what’s best, so follow their guidance and advice down to every last detail. Neglecting to do so puts both your short and long-term health at risk.
As time allows, learn more about your legal rights for seeking compensation. If you’re unable to immediately return to work, filing a workers’ compensation claim is in your best interest. Also, depending on your industry and the type of accident, you could be in line to seek compensation through a personal injury case. As you move through the above steps, take extensive notes and maintain records. This can include everything from witness statements to medical test results.
There’s a big difference between filing a workers’ compensation claim and beginning to receive payments. In short, there’s no guarantee of a claim approval the first time around. There are many common causes of Florida workers’ compensation denials, including but not limited to the following:
It’s frustrating to receive a Florida workers’ compensation denial letter, but it could happen. If it does, you’re not yet out of luck. Here’s what you should do:
If you’re owed workers’ compensation benefits, don’t stop fighting until you receive the appropriate compensation.
No two construction site accidents are the same. This also holds true of any injuries that are suffered. However, some questions pertain to almost every situation. Here are some that you need to address along the way:
The more questions you answer, the more information you’ll gather. And with that, it’ll become clear as to what you need to do now and in the future to protect your health, legal rights, and personal finances.
If you’ve been injured in a Florida construction site accident, it’s easy to believe that filing a workers’ compensation claim is straightforward. But there’s a problem with this. If you don’t have an experienced attorney on your side, you could make a mistake — or several mistakes — that puts your claim at risk. While you’re under no legal obligation to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney, this allows you to better understand the true value of your claim and the steps you must take to pursue all the money that’s owed to you.Here are some additional areas in which a workers’ compensation attorney can help:
Now that you understand why you should consult with a Florida workers’ compensation attorney, here are some points of consideration:
At Sternberg / Forsythe, PA, we have the experience and knowledge needed to protect your legal rights and help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. If you have suffered injuries in a construction site accident and believe that you have the foundation for a lawsuit, contact us online or at 561-513-4376 to schedule an initial consultation.