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Construction site accidents can ultimately result in catastrophic injuries that lead to disabilities, or even death to workers on site and even innocent bystanders and passersby. The sad reality is that many of these tragic accidents occur because of negligence or carelessness.
If negligence was what caused you or your loved one’s construction accident injuries or wrongful death, then you may have a legitimate legal claim for compensation.
When it comes to collecting compensation for construction accident claims, the challenge often lies in identifying the responsible party. There may be multiple parties at fault, including a construction company, other companies, contractors, or subcontractors. Our Florida Construction Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you negotiate the complex Florida civil court system while representing your best interests and protecting your Florida Construction Accident Lawyer 866-608-5529 CONTACT US legal rights. Our goal is to secure the full and fair compensation you deserve for your suffering.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), there were 11.4 million U.S. workers employed in the construction industry in 2019, which is a whopping 25% increase since 2011.
The most common causes of construction accidents in the United States usually fit into one of the following four categories (according to NIOSH):
- Falls – the leading cause of work-related deaths in the construction industry accounting for 36.4% of the total number of fatalities in the industry
- Being struck by an object – injuries of this kind account for 15.4% of fatal construction injuries
- Electrocution – injuries of this kind account for 7.2% of fatal construction injuries
- Becoming trapped or caught between objects – injuries of this kind account for 5.4% of fatal construction injuries
Serious accidental injuries can happen anywhere, but there are numerous risks that are exclusive to construction sites that make workers and those nearby much more susceptible to harm, including:
- Defective equipment
- Unsafe features on the premises
- Insufficient protection from falling objects
- Trip hazards/slip hazards
- Open trenches
- Toxic chemicals stored incorrectly
- Elevated structures lacking proper fall prevention features
- Deficient safeguards for power sources
Any of the above conditions could be a sign of negligence, which is something that a construction accident lawyer will need to prove in order to achieve a successful settlement or verdict.Common Injuries from Construction Accidents
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that the state of Florida ranks third in the nation for states with the highest employment level in Construction Laborers, employing 66,980 construction workers. Construction occupations accounted for the second highest occupational deaths in 2021, with 951 fatalities.
Some of the most common injuries that result from construction site accidents include the following:
- Head and neck injuries
- Construction vehicle
- accident injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Broken bones and fractures
- Internal injuries
- Electrical burns
- Crane accident injuries
- Bricklayer accident injuries
- Hearing Loss
- Vision loss
- Heart Damage
- Nerve Damage
- Spinal Cord Trauma
- Paralysis, paraplegia,
- Post-Traumatic Stress
- Disorder (PTSD)
- Wrongful death
Construction workers who are injured while at work have the right to pursue a workers’ compensation claim, but we must warn you that these benefits may not cover all your damages associated with the injury. Therefore, workers and even pedestrians, bystanders, passersby, or guests visiting a construction site may pursue legal action against the at-fault party or parties and their insurance companies through a personal injury claim or lawsuit.Can Bystanders or Passersby Pursue Construction Accident Claims?
Construction accident injuries are not limited to just construction workers. Construction companies and supervisors have a legal obligation to protect employees at a job site as well as all others who may be in the vicinity. If you were a motorist, pedestrian, guest to the construction site, or even just an innocent bystander that suffered harm from debris or other materials flying off structures, malfunctioning equipment, fires, and any other catastrophes, then our Florida Construction Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you pursue legal action. Call us now at 866-608-5529 or contact us online to request a free consultation.Who Is to Blame for Construction Site Accidents?
For most construction accident injury victims, proving fault comes with numerous challenges. Since there are many active parties all working multiple jobs at any given time on a construction site, such as general contractors, construction mangers, superintendents, project developers, project managers, subcontractors, the list goes on.
If the construction manager or general contractor fails to enforce safety guidelines and protocols, then their company may be to blame when accidents happen. However, subcontractors have to take responsibility for their employees who may engage in careless or negligent behavior, so they may be partially liable if an accidental injury arises.
Once our Florida Construction Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can determine who acted negligently resulting in your accidental injury, then we can begin backing up our claims by representing the legal elements of negligence.
- Duty of care: Every contracting firm on a construction site must take responsibility for their own employees, other workers, and the general public. To be specific, an excavation contractor is responsible for making sure their employees have the proper training for heavy machinery that is used for digging foundations, drilling columns, and cutting trenches. A steel contractor must have a site-specific steel erection plan and a fall protection plan.
- Breach of duty: When workers on a construction site do not live up to their duties, then accidents can occur. If an excavation contractor fails to identify and tell workers about any underground utility lines, and a worker strikes a line with a tool, machine, or their hands, the contractor could be liable for an electrocution injury or death. On that some note, if a steel contractor does not train a worker on how to prevent falls, they could be liable for any fall injuries that occur.
- Causation: Florida liability statutes hold that the at-fault party’s actions must have caused or substantially contributed to the victim’s injuries. With that said, if a construction site subcontractor allowed an untrained worker to operate a skid steer and they hit you in the process, then that contractor is liable for your injuries.
- Actual damages: This is the last element of a negligence claim that must be demonstrated to show the total value of your losses related to the accident. This can be demonstrated through copies of wage statements, medical bills, health expert testimony, and other types of documentation.
Our Florida Construction Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton have a solid understanding of how construction job sites are run and the various operations that are carried out on a daily basis. We know the federal regulations enforced by OSHA and state safety and building codes. Once you hire us, we can begin launching an immediate investigation into the working conditions on a job site to reveal any violations or negligent working conditions that may be the culprit of your injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury or death related to a construction site mishap, please reach out to us as soon as possible. We can get started on your case right away.
Call us today at 866-608-5529 for assistance anywhere in Florida. We will provide you with a free consultation where we can answer your questions and help you understand the legal options available to you. You can always contact us online 24/7 .