Should I Seek Legal Help After a Construction Accident?
Suffering injury on the job is an unfortunate experience that can lead to many personal and financial hardships. While the potential for injury is prevalent in many industries, construction sites offer one of the highest rates of workplace injury in the U.S.
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10 percent of workers suffer a construction accident each year and construction workers have the highest incidence of fatalities on job sites. These numbers are alarming. And even though construction workers understand that their risk of injury is greater than that of an office job, they shouldn’t have to fear for their lives while working to provide for themselves and their family.
The construction industries, as well as all workplaces, implement safety standards and regulations as outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure the well-being of their workers. However, all too often through negligence or lax working conditions, workplace accidents leading to serious personal injury still occur.
In construction, there are many chances for an accident as workers frequently work with dangerous tools and heavy machinery, precarious work environments, and with hazardous chemicals and electricity. These are just a few of the dangers that raise the risk of injury on a construction site, with may lead to injuries such as:
- Broken/fractured bones
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Loss-of-limb injuries
- Internal and musculoskeletal injuries
While it’s true that employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance in the event that one of their employees has an accident on the job, unfortunately, however, the benefits given to injured workers is often not enough. As with any claim, insurance companies may try to only give the minimum required for medical bills, lost wages, and help with disabilities.
Seeking professional legal help from an experienced construction accident attorney can greatly increase your chances of maximizing compensation for your injuries. A personal injury lawyer can help you if there was an element of negligence from your company or work environment that resulted in your injury. Just as with all personal injury claims, negligence needs to be shown to have a successful case. The following factors must be determined:
- The company, supervisor, coworker, or third party had a responsibility to act in a practical and safe way in regard to you
- There was a failure to perform that responsibility and they were negligent
- Your injuries resulted from the negligence
If you believe that your accident could have been avoided or was the result of unsafe work conditions or another form of negligence, you may have the basis of a personal injury claim. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may be out of work for long periods of time as well as being permanently disabled as a result of your accident. You deserve to receive the maximum compensation for your injuries so that you and your family are taken care of during this difficult time and into the future.
The construction accident lawyers at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter are here to help you in the event of a construction accident. We will review your case to determine if you have the basis for a claim and if so pursue the justice and compensation you deserve. Please give us a call at 407-712-7300 to schedule your free case evaluation. We proudly represent the areas of Orlando, Four Corners, and Tampa, Florida.