Construction sites offer a nearly endless array of risks for workers and visitors alike. Hazards can come from conditions on the property itself, faulty or malfunctioning equipment, or the negligence of another person on the site, to name but a few. To say that construction sites are dangerous is news to no one, but many may not know that people injured in construction site accidents have numerous options and resources to recover compensation for their injuries. A Florida construction accident attorney can help an accident victim assess damages, identify the liable party or parties, and find the best way to assert the right to damages.
Construction Site Accidents
Construction accidents can cause serious injuries, particularly head injuries, fractures, and damage to the spinal cord. A mere handful of hazards include:
- Slips and falls
- A fall from rooftops or scaffolding
- Defective or malfunctioning equipment
- Improper use of tools or equipment
- Missing or defective safety restraints
- Negligent site supervision
- Electrical accidents
Determining liability for a construction accident can be complicated because multiple contractors and businesses play a role at a construction site. A property owner may hire a general contractor to manage the project, and the general contractor may then delegate parts of the job to subcontractors. Contractors and subcontractors may rent equipment from a supplier and purchase materials from a retailer or distributor. All of these people or businesses have a legal responsibility to maintain a reasonably safe work environment, provide properly functioning equipment, and provide materials that are suitable for their advertised use. A person injured on a construction site may look beyond the property owner or project manager to claim liability, depending on the nature of the accident and injury.
Many claims for construction accident injuries must go through the worker’s compensation system. This system governs claims made by an employee against an employer for many different on-the-job injuries. Employers in Florida must have an insurance policy to cover worker’s compensation claims. The process of claiming compensation can be cumbersome, as it is part of an ever-growing bureaucracy. Legal restrictions on worker’s compensation may also result in a smaller recovery than an injured person might actually deserve. This is where the assistance of a construction accident attorney can be critical.
A person injured on a construction site might be able to pursue a claim against someone other than the person’s direct employer. An employee of one subcontractor might be able to recover damages from a different subcontractor, such as if that subcontractor was explicitly responsible for a dangerous condition on the work site. Defective or malfunctioning construction equipment may give rise to a products liability claim against the distributor or manufacturer.
The Deerfield Beach injury attorneys at Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. represent people in Palm Beach and Broward County who have been injured by dangerous conditions on someone’s property. Contact the firm through this website or at 954-428-9333 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.