Construction Accident Lawyers South Florida
Construction Accident Attorneys Put Their Skills and Experience to Work Obtaining Compensation for Injured Clients in Broward County, Palm Beach County, and Across South Florida
The construction industry in South Florida is thriving, as we can all clearly see in the construction cranes and half-built high rises that line our roadways. Unfortunately, construction sites are some of the most dangerous workplaces in the country, and accidents are regrettably common. Notwithstanding the physical demands of a job in the construction industry, construction sites are filled with potentially dangerous equipment, tools, and materials. If any party fails to properly adhere to safety standards in maintaining the construction site, and an accident occurs, the construction worker can be severely injured.
Because construction accident cases often involve multiple parties whose negligent actions may have caused the accident, it is particularly important to consult an experienced construction accident attorney when exploring your options for recovering compensation. Florida workers’ compensation rules also impose strict requirement that must be followed in order to secure your right to benefits. The Deerfield Beach construction accident attorneys at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. have over three decades of combined experience negotiating complicated settlements that stem from construction accidents. If you would like to explore your options, contact our bilingual offices today to schedule an appointment. We offer a safe and secure environment, and we encourage members of our community to reach out to us for help, regardless of your immigration status.
Workers’ Compensation or Personal Injury Representation for Your South Florida Construction Accident Lawsuit
Workers’ compensation laws can limit an injured party’s right to bring a personal injury action against his or her employer for compensation following a construction site accident. Despite this, construction projects almost always include a multitude of parties who are not the injured party’s employer, and an experienced construction accident attorney can evaluate the circumstances surrounding the accident to determine who was at fault.
Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules impose safety guidelines that must be followed by the various parties involved in a construction project. In addition to the employer, these parties may include:
- Contractors and subcontractors: These parties are required to provide reasonably safe work environments for construction workers, and this includes fixing dangers after they become aware of the hazard, as well as proper maintenance of equipment.
- Architects and engineers: These parties can potentially be held liable for failing to adhere to building codes, or for design flaws that lead to accident and injury.
- Equipment manufacturers: If the equipment itself was defective to begin with, the manufacturer may be held liable based on a defective products theory.
- Construction site owners: If the owner of the construction site was informed of dangerous conditions, and then failed to correct them or warn site workers of the danger, the site owner can also be held liable.
If the negligence of a non-employer third party caused the construction accident, it may be possible for the injured party to bring a personal injury lawsuit against that party, despite the otherwise applicable workers’ compensation laws.
Bilingual Attorneys Gonzalez & Cartwright Are Dedicated to Protecting Rights of Clients Injured in South Florida Construction Accidents
While workers’ compensation may not provide sufficient compensation to cover your medical expenses, full lost wages, or rehabilitation costs, it remains important to preserve your right to receive workers’ compensation benefits following a construction accident. This makes it essential that you seek medical attention immediately following the accident and submit a copy of your physician’s medical report to your employer. It is also important to carefully follow any of the doctor’s instructions in order to protect your health and recover properly.
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If you have been injured in a construction accident we know that understanding the interaction between workers’ compensation law and personal injury law can be confusing. At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we are here to help, so contact our offices at 561-264-8344, or toll-free at 888-888-3903, to schedule a free initial consultation today. We have our main office located at 813 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460, as well as an office in Pompano Beach, Florida.
FAQ: Workers’ compensation will only pay a percentage of my lost wages after a construction accident. What other types of compensation may be available if I decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit?
If a third party, non-employer’s negligence contributed to your construction accident injuries, you may be able to recover medical expenses and lost wages that were not covered by workers’ compensation, as well as damages for pain and suffering, permanent disability, emotional distress, and future expenses related to the injury.
FAQ: My family member was injured in a construction accident, but they do not speak English. Can your lawyers help?
Yes. Our office is fully bilingual, and one of our attorneys is a native Spanish speaker who will be able to effectively communicate with your family member and advocate on his or her behalf. We are proud that we have been successfully serving the local community in South Florida for over ten years, and we would be happy to discuss your construction accident case.