Being that working on a construction site involves physical labor, there is always a lingering possibility that serious injuries can occur while on the job. However, what many people do not consider is that serious accidents can also occur no matter the workplace setting. Nevertheless, if you have received a work injury and require compensation to heal, continue reading to learn how an experienced Port St. Lucie construction accident lawyer of the Florida Personal Injury Law Team can assist you in preparing either a workers’ compensation claim or a third-party claim.
What are the typical types of workplace accidents in the state of Florida?
When it comes to construction sites, accidents occur for numerous reasons. Sometimes they are unavoidable, but other times they are due to the negligence of an employer and/or property owner. Typical examples read as follows:
- Structural or scaffold collapses.
- Trench cave-ins.
- Multi-story falls.
- Ladder accidents.
- Crane accidents.
- Blade and saw accidents.
- Injuries from defective construction equipment.
- Injuries from falling debris.
- Heat-related burns from explosions.
- Chemical burns.
- Toxic fume inhalation.
- Exposure to loud noise.
- Exposure to hazardous materials.
- Dangerous premises.
- Unsafe building blueprints.
- Employers violate OSHA regulations.
- Employers hire inexperienced workers.
And when it comes to other workplaces, such as offices or retail settings, accidents usually occur in the form of slip and fall or trip and fall accidents, muscle strain injuries, repetitive motion injuries, etc.
Am I entitled to a workers’ compensation claim in the state of Florida?
Generally, employers in the state of Florida are required to offer workers’ compensation so that wrongfully injured workers can obtain financial compensation for the pain they have endured and may continue to endure. This is so long as the worker can prove that negligence was involved.
Am I entitled to a third-party claim in the state of Florida?
Sometimes, instead of accepting workers’ compensation benefits, you may want to consider filing a third-party claim. This option gives you the ability to sue to recover more damages that workers’ compensation may not fully cover.
Nonetheless, this is so long as the circumstances of your accident constitute a third-party claim. For example, if your work injury was caused by someone other than your employer, such as a subcontractor, architect, equipment manufacturer, or designer, then a third-party claim may be your best option.
With all of this considered, it is in your best interest to consult with a skilled St. Lucie County personal injury lawyer at your earliest availability. Our firm will work out the best strategy based on your unique circumstances.
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Here at The Florida Personal Injury Law Team, we understand the detrimental effects that an injury can have on an individual and his or her family. Contact us today for help.