Florida Construction Injuries

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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 561-687-5660. Our Florida construction accident lawyers represent injured workers in Orlando, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, and surrounding areas. 

Common Causes of Construction Site Injuries

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. 

  • Working at height: Falls from ladders, scaffolding, and roofs.
  • Heavy equipment: This includes equipment such as bulldozers, lifts, and excavators. 
  • Slip and fall: Construction sites are full of trip hazards, such as debris, electric cords, and uneven surfaces. 
  • Slippery surfaces: Working in the rain, for example, makes it more difficult to maintain traction. 
  • Inclement weather: In Florida, inclement weather — such as strong wind and heavy rain — can arrive without notice.  
  • Falling objects: A common example is a tool falling from above and striking a worker on the ground.
  • Power tool injuries: Power tools such as saws and nail guns have the potential to cause serious injury.
  • Defective machinery and tools: Just because you know how to use a tool doesn’t mean that everything will go as planned. A defect puts you at risk.
  • Electrocution, explosion, or fire: All of these can cause serious injury or death. 

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. 

Types of Florida Construction Accident Injuries

Now, let’s turn our attention to the many types of construction accident injuries.

  • Broken bones: Every bone in your body — from your feet to your skull — is at risk in a construction site accident. For instance, if you fall from height, you could break your legs, arms, and/or skull. 
  • Brain injuries: These take on many forms, ranging from concussions to skull fractures to bleeding on the brain. The most severe brain injuries are known as traumatic brain injuries. 
  • Spinal cord injuries: Among the most serious types of injuries, this can result in permanent paralysis. 
  • Soft tissue injuries: Examples include muscle strains and sprain and torn ligaments. 
  • Burns, abrasions, and lacerations: These skin injuries can be both painful and permanent. The most severe injuries may require surgical repair. 
  • Loss of limb: An amputation injury will change your life forever, including your ability to continue your work in the construction industry.

Along with the above, construction work can cause a variety of chronic illnesses such as:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestos lung cancer
  • Asbestosis
  • Silicosis

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Although treatment is more advanced than ever, the five-year survival rate of mesothelioma remains low. 

Every year, approximately 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the United States. 

What To Do After a Florida Construction Accident

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:

1. Assess Your Injuries

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.

2. Seek Immediate Medical Attention

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. 

3. Report the Injury

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. 

4. Follow the Lead of Your Medical Team

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. 

5. Learn More About Your Legal Rights

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.

A Florida Workers’ Compensation Denial

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:

  • Your employer argues that you were not injured at work: Only injuries suffered at your place of employment — or while you’re on the job — qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. This is why it’s so important to maintain records to back up your claim. 
  • You did not receive medical treatment: Seeking immediate medical care will benefit you in two ways. First off, it helps you understand your injuries and receive the proper treatment. Secondly, it’s an important aspect of workers’ compensation eligibility.
  • You forgot to notify your employer: Don’t wait to do this. As soon as possible, — preferably the same day — notify your employer of the accident, your injuries, and what your medical team is suggesting.
  • You did not file a workers’ compensation claim in time: You have two years from the date of your injury to file a claim, but it’s generally best to file a claim as soon as possible. The only reason to wait is if your injuries don’t immediately put you out of work. 

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:

  • Read the letter to understand the reason for your denial
  • Follow the steps outlined to file an appeal
  • Collect more information to back up your claim and strengthen your case

If you’re owed workers’ compensation benefits, don’t stop fighting until you receive the appropriate compensation. 

Construction Accident and Injury FAQs

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:

  • What was the cause of your workplace accident?
  • Are you covered by a workers’ compensation policy?
  • What steps can you take to strengthen your claim?
  • When will you be able to return to work?
  • When you’re ready to return to work, will you be able to do so in the same capacity as before?

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.

Do You Need a Florida Workers’ Construction Attorney?

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:

  • Managing every aspect of your claim: There’s more to a workers’ compensation claim than completing basic paperwork and waiting for money to arrive in your bank account. The process can get tricky, especially if your employer fights back.
  • Answering your questions: You’re sure to have questions about your injury, legal rights, and the Florida workers’ compensation system — and that’s just the start. Rather than attempt to answer these questions on your own, it’s best to have a legal team on your side to guide you. 
  • Communicating directly with other parties: You have enough on your plate. The last thing you want to do is communicate directly with other parties, such as your employer and their workers’ compensation insurance company. Your attorney can manage all communication so you can focus on what matters most: your health. 
  • Obtaining maximum compensation: You don’t want to leave any money on the table. If you proceed without legal assistance, it’s easy for someone to take advantage of you. This can cost you thousands of dollars now and/or in the future.
  • Protecting your legal rights: Insurance companies are notorious for pushing around people who don’t understand their legal rights and how to protect them. An experienced attorney knows what it takes to protect your legal rights, even if an insurance company is playing “hardball.”

Now that you understand why you should consult with a Florida workers’ compensation attorney, here are some points of consideration:

  • Experience: Hire an attorney who has experience in the workers’ compensation field. Remember, this is different from personal injury law. 
  • Reputation: Don’t hire just any workers’ compensation attorney. Hire one that has a local reputation for success. This will put your mind at ease.
  • Cost: Most workers’ compensation attorneys work on a contingency fee. This means they only receive a payment if you receive benefits or a settlement. 

Injured in a Florida Construction Accident?

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 561-687-5660 to schedule an initial consultation.