Construction accidents are the cause of countless catastrophic and life-altering injuries every year. Construction workers are surrounded by safety hazards every day, including extreme heights and dangerous machinery. If you or a loved one have been involved in a construction accident, call Kogan & DiSalvo, the smart choice for a personal injury attorney in West Palm Beach.
In some cases, workers may be able to walk away from the accident they were involved in. But in the worst occurrences, family members will mourn the worker they lost. In Florida, 76% of work injuries are fatal.
Injuries connected to construction accidents are more than likely to be severe and require medical treatment. Injuries mainly caused by such an accident include:
- Eye injury
- Neck, shoulder, and back injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Illness from chemical exposure
- Brain/head injury
- Emotional trauma
- Broken bones
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these injuries are commonly caused by falls, slips, and trips. Severe injuries may also result from:
- Structure collapses
- Crane accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Equipment failures
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Loose objects falling
- And more
Depending on the injury, the injured party may recover quickly or over many years – after which they may still be unable to return to the same activity level as before the accident. In instances where the accident caused a permanent disability, learning a new way of life will impact the individual’s quality of life.
If this is the case, it’s time to recruit the professional help of a West Palm Beach construction accident attorney to investigate your claim. Our attorneys know all state and federal laws that may impact your right to pursue a case against your employer or a third party involved on the construction site.
Under federal law, all construction sites must meet specific requirements mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration – OSHA. Personal injury damages above and beyond workers comp benefits may be available if you’re found to be a victim of workplace negligence – including an injury resulting from a failure to follow OSHA guidelines. To determine this beyond a reasonable doubt, contact Kogan & DiSalvo immediately.
In a job like construction with such a high danger risk, it’s essential to know what to do if you’re injured. The first and most crucial thing is seeking immediate medical attention to prevent injuries from worsening.
Alert your employer of the incident right away; Florida law dictates that a person may lose their right to pursue workers’ compensation if they fail to report the accident within 30 days. For further information on correctly reporting an injury, visit MyFloridaCFO.com.
To assist us with looking into your case as swiftly as possible, if capable of doing so, you should:
- Collect evidence at the accident scene
- Take pictures and videos of the scene and your injuries
- Ask witnesses for contact information
The highly skilled attorneys at Kogan & DiSalvo will help you determine your claim’s validity and provide the resources to move it forward.
When preparing to meet with us, to ensure your case is reviewed swiftly and thoroughly, please provide us with the following:
- Your employer/company name
- Your site supervisor’s contact information
- The date and location of your accident
- The machinery/equipment you were using when injured
- Whether any equipment or machinery you were using malfunctioned
- What the working conditions at the time of the accident were like
- Safety conditions, such as gear or standard protocols that were followed
- Any known history of citations or safety violations
Understanding your rights and obligations as an employee, the benefits you may be entitled to, and the procedures that must be followed are crucial to your case. As construction accident attorneys in West Palm Beach, we understand the difference that monetary compensation can make in your life after an injury. We’ll do all we can to protect your rights and ensure you receive the benefits you’re entitled to.
You need the most capable legal team available after suffering a construction accident injury. Our West Palm Beach construction accident attorneys are prepared to fight on your behalf. We pride ourselves on:
- Staying up to date with the latest personal injury and insurance laws.
- Having the unique knowledge and experience to address all client concerns quickly and efficiently.
Contact Kogan & DiSalvo, the established construction accident attorneys of West Palm Beach, for help with your case today.
The U.S. Department of Labor defines workers’ comp as a program that provides workers injured on the job or who acquire an occupational disease with wage replacement benefits, medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation, and other benefits. In Florida, most employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance such as:
- Construction businesses with at least one employee
- Employers in the agricultural business with at least six regular employees or 12 seasonal workers who work more than 30 days during a regular season but no more than 45 in a calendar year
- Employers in other industries with at least four employees
However, remember that the benefits you receive from this may not cover all damages. Additionally, you may be able to pursue personal injury damages for a work-related injury in West Palm Beach if:
- You’re not the company’s employee
- Third parties were negligent
- The employer intentionally acted in a way that resulted in an employee’s death.
- The employer failed to secure workers’ compensation insurance according to state law.
The team at Kogan & DiSalvo is ready to help you pursue a claim, but first, liability must be determined. Determining liability comes down to the type of claim you’ve filed.
Personal injury claim
A construction worker injured at their job can collect workers comp but cannot likely sue their employer. However, they can file a personal injury claim against a third party deemed negligent.
Product liability claim
If resulting from a defective product, the injured party can file a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler, or retailer responsible for said product.
Wrongful death claim
If an employee dies due to injuries on the job site, their loved ones/representative can file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party.
Overall, various parties could be found liable, including the site owner, general contractor, sub-contractors, prime contractors, architects/engineers, and those mentioned above.
Allow a West Palm Beach construction accident attorney from Kogan & DiSalvo to help with that determination.
When filing a personal injury claim after a construction accident, potential damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Physical injuries such as scarring or disfigurement
- The loss of future income
We understand the impact a significant injury can have on your life. It may limit your ability to do your job, make it hard to cover your bills, and leave a lasting emotional scar. Our team is standing by to guide you through the entire process and get you the best possible outcome.
After going through the trauma of a construction workplace accident, the last thing you should be worried about is how you’ll be able to pay your bills. Kogan & DiSalvo will aggressively pursue compensation to help you better navigate the challenges of your new reality. You will only pay a fee if we win. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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