Miami Construction Accident Attorney
The construction industry is one of the most pivotal industries in our nation’s economy. Construction is a ready sign of the economy, as more construction projects will be prevalent in times of good economic forecasts, while construction projects will lag behind during an economic downturn. However, what many people do not realize is the inherent danger in the day-to-day job of construction workers. The construction industry has concurrently been flagged as one of the most dangerous industries to work in and often has the highest rates of fatalities and devastating injuries. If you or a loved one were injured in a construction accident in Florida, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. To learn more about your available legal options following an injury, reach out to a Miami construction accident attorney at Lipcon & Lipcon, P.A. as soon as you are able.
Twenty percent of the total injured workers in 2014 were in the construction industry. During periods of economic growth, employers will often scramble to get construction projects out the door, without appropriately training new staff. This lack of training could be deadly when other employees count on the new employee to provide certain experience on the job. Eliminating the so-called “fatal four” of construction accidents could lead to saving hundreds of lives each year.
The “Fatal four” of construction accidents has been determined by the United States Department of Labor to include the following:
- Struck by object
- Caught in/between
However, construction accidents may also include respiratory damages, improper handling of hazardous products, or machinery accidents.
Florida Workers’ Compensation
Construction accidents, unfortunately, involve employees who are not considered true employees under Florida law. Contract employees are often not covered under Florida workers’ compensation laws, and therefore must bring a separate claim for damages after a devastating accident. Many construction workers are uncertain of their rights after an accident, but an experienced Miami construction accident lawyer can help. It is important that the responsible construction company is held liable for their negligence in their failure to train employees and provide appropriate safety procedures. Construction is an inherently dangerous injury, although the number of accidents could be greatly reduced by the employer.
The victim of a construction accident is entitled to bring a claim for damages against the responsible company who failed to protect the employees. This claim may include:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
Construction employees are often the primary provider for their families, and any small setback in the form of an injury could have dire consequences for their families. Employers often try to sneak around the relevant workers’ compensation statutes by keeping their employees in a “contract” status, and it is, therefore ,important to contact an attorney to determine your rights. The employer’s insurance company may try to offer a settlement which will cover your current expenses, but it is important to consult with a Miami personal injury lawyer prior to accepting any settlement offer. Your injuries will often lead to a greater amount of damages which an insurance company will not take into account.
Lipcon & Lipcon, P.A. | Miami, FL Construction Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one were injured in a construction accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Lipcon & Lipcon, P.A. Our accident and injury lawyers have years of experience in assisting clients with their workers’ compensation claims, or their individual personal injury claims after a workplace accident. Call our Miami office at 305-670-6144 today for your free case consultation.