Boynton Beach Construction Accident Lawyer
The presence of heavy machinery, power tools, bulky materials, and other potentially hazardous equipment makes the average construction site inherently risky for workers and others who visit the site. Not surprisingly, construction site accidents are not uncommon. The victim of a construction accident may sustain anything from minor bumps and bruises to serious, even fatal, injuries. If you sustained injuries in a Boynton Beach construction accident or if you are a surviving family member of someone who lost their life in such an incident, you may have the right to seek compensation for your injuries or loss.
The Boynton Beach construction accident lawyers at Demand the Limits are devoted to championing the rights of victims and their families affected by construction accidents. Dealing with the legal complexities following a construction accident can be daunting, especially considering that both the workers’ compensation system and a traditional personal injury lawsuit may be legal pathways available to pursue compensation. A Boynton Beach construction accident lawyer at Demand the Limits can explain your options and advocate on your behalf throughout the legal process that follows a construction accident. We are committed to ensuring that as the victim of a construction accident, you are fully and fairly compensated for your physical injuries, emotional suffering, or loss. Contact the team at Demand the Limits today by calling (561) 600-3555 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation.
Common Boynton Beach Construction Accident Injuries
Each year, around 1,000 people are fatally injured in a construction site accident in the United States and another 20,000 suffer non-fatal injuries. In fact, the transportation and construction industries typically account for almost half of all fatal workplace accidents in the U.S. and an equal percentage of the non-fatal injuries suffered by workers in the workplace each year. The inherently dangerous nature of the construction industry increases the overall risk of being injured on a construction site; however, there are four types of accidents that are especially common on a construction site. Aptly named the “Fatal Four” by OSHA, these accidents are particularly prominent on the average construction site:
- Falls. Falls, slips, and trips account for more than one out of every three fatal workplace accidents within the construction industry each year. The very nature of a construction site provides an endless array of obstacles to trip over and opportunities to fall through roofs, off ladders, or through incomplete floors.
- “Struck by an object” injuries. Whether the goal at a construction site is to build a structure from the ground up, demolish a structure from the top down, or repair an existing structure, people and machinery are constantly in motion on a construction site. As such, the risk of being struck by materials, tools, or even heavy machinery is exceptionally high on the average construction site.
- Caught in/between injuries. Caught in and caught between injuries may occur when a worker is injured under a wide variety of conditions, such as falling into a hole, winding up trapped underneath construction materials, or getting wedged between heavy machinery and another object.
- Electrocution. The amount of energy required to keep a construction site humming along is staggering. A moderate to large site may have multiple generators running at the same time with miles of electrical cords and wires snaking through the site to keep all the power tools and lights operating. Everything from the generator to the spotlights surrounding the site poses a risk of electrocution to workers at the site. When existing electrical systems are being repaired or replaced, the risk of electrocution increases exponentially.
Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Construction Accident Injuries in Florida?
The law in the State of Florida makes it very clear that employers in the construction industry are required to have a workers’ compensation insurance policy in place if they have one or more employees. The workers’ compensation was developed to provide injured workers with coverage for medical expenses and wage replacement when injured on the job without the need to prove that an employer’s negligence caused the injuries, as is required in a traditional negligence-based personal injury lawsuit. Because workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, a worker must only prove that he/she sustained an injury while on the job. Compensation through the workers’ compensation system, however, is limited to a percentage of your lost wages and necessary medical expenses. To pursue compensation for additional damages, including non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, you must exit the workers’ compensation system and pursue a traditional personal injury lawsuit.
Can I Pursue a Personal Injury Lawsuit for My Boynton Beach Construction Accident Injuries?
An injured worker is limited to compensation provided by the Florida workers’ compensation system when injured on the job unless either of the following applies to the accident:
- The employer’s intentionally wrong conduct caused or contributed to the worker’s injuries.
- A third party’s negligent or wrongful conduct caused or contributed to the accident.
Typically, the ability to exit the workers’ compensation system and move to a traditional lawsuit for injuries sustained in a construction accident is justified by a third party’s negligent or wrongful conduct contributing to the accident. When injuries are sustained in a construction site accident, common third-party defendants include:
- General contractor
- Property owner
- Property lessee
- Equipment manufacturer
- Equipment owner or leasing company
- Maintenance provider for equipment
- Local, state, or federal government
What Compensation Am I Entitled to for My Boynton Beach Ride Construction Accident?
If you were injured, or lost a loved one, in a Boynton Beach construction accident, you could be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages if you are able to pursue a traditional personal injury accident lawsuit.
Economic damages are designed to compensate a victim for objectively quantifiable expenses related to the accident, such as doctor and hospital bills, the cost of rehabilitation, and lost wages or income. Non-economic damages represent the subjective, difficult-to-quantify costs associated with your injuries and may include things such as pain, suffering, scarring, and mental anguish.
If you are a surviving parent or child of someone who was killed in a Boynton Beach construction accident, you may also be entitled to compensation in a Florida wrongful death lawsuit for things such as lost future earnings, pain and suffering, and the loss of guidance and companionship.
Get Help from an Experienced Boynton Beach Construction Accident Lawyer
When another party’s negligent or wrongful conduct caused or contributed to injuries you sustained in a Boynton Beach construction accident, that party should be held legally accountable. Moreover, you should receive the maximum compensation available for the injuries, trauma, or loss you have endured because of the accident. A Boynton Beach construction accident lawyer at Demand the Limits will review the details of your case, discuss your legal options with you, and explain what we can do to pursue justice for you and your family, such as:
- Conducting an independent investigation of the accident.
- Identifying any third-party defendants.
- Initiating litigation in the civil court system.
- Making sure you receive the necessary medical care and treatment.
- Negotiating a favorable out-of-court settlement when possible.
- Litigating your case at trial if a favorable settlement is not possible.
At Demand the Limits, our experienced Boynton Beach personal injury accident lawyers have extensive experience with construction accident injury cases. We fight hard to defend the legal rights of all Boynton Beach injury victims. Call (561) 600-3555 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation. Don’t delay – the sooner you have an attorney fighting for you, the better protected your legal rights will be.