Construction workers face some of the most hazardous job conditions in the U.S. and thousands of workers suffer injuries on construction sites each year. When employees are injured on the job site, they may be able to bring a claim against the owner of the site, its agents, or any contractors who may have been responsible.
As opposed to workers' compensation where an owner, agent, or contractor behaves negligently, an injury claim can be made to try and recover compensation for any past and future lost wages, pain and suffering, past and future medical bills, loss of benefits, and other kinds of damages.
Common accidents on construction sites include:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Fire and explosions
- Machinery accidents
- Industrial gases
- Roof-related falls
- Equipment failure
- Collapse of walls or floors
The first step in pursuing a personal injury claim from a construction site accident is identifying the cause. As the injured party, you should retain legal counsel as soon as you can so your attorney can begin advising you, especially with regard to who you can speak to and what you should say or not say. An attorney can investigate the construction site including the equipment and take notes and photographs of the accident scene, obtain witness information and any video evidence.
OSHA & Your Rights as an Employee
You attorney can also contact your insurance provider right away to gain support from them in pursuing a claim on your behalf. Your attorney can also file a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, if your job site was dangerous and your employer did not maintain it properly.
Employers are kept from taking adverse action against employees who file a complaint with OSHA and if you are retaliated against by your employer, your attorney can file a claim against them for doing so.
If you were injured on a construction site, call one of our Ft. Lauderdale workers' compensation attorneys. Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. are ready to help you, let us begin with your free consultation so call us today!