Florida may be an attractive relocation destination for both people and businesses. This has led to a large number of construction projects across the state and plentiful jobs for construction workers. However, this is dangerous work, and many construction workers make workers’ compensation claims every year after being injured on the job.
If you are a construction worker and have suffered a workplace injury, the worker’s compensation program may provide benefits to compensate you for your medical expenses and lost income. However, you may also be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit if your injury was the result of negligence on the part of your employer or a subcontractor.
Even a seemingly minor injury can end a career in construction due to the demanding nature of the work. Injured construction workers may be forced to pursue a different occupation, which may lead to a loss of income and a lower standard of living. You may have been injured due to your employer not following federal or state mandated safety protocols, or your injury could be the result of inadequate equipment, training or supervision.
Employers have a duty of care to take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their workers, and they could face civil sanctions when they fail to meet this standard. If you have been hurt on a construction project and feel that your injuries are partly due to negligence on the part of your employer or another, a personal injury attorney may be able to bring a lawsuit on your behalf. If you would like more information regarding your rights and legal options after suffering a construction accident, please visit our page dealing with the subject.
Source: Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A. , “Dangerous Work, Determined Attorneys“, October 21, 2014