What You Need to Know About Construction Accidents in Florida

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Construction workers are among the most diligent members of our society, and without them, the beautiful city of Jacksonville would never have come to be. Unfortunately, construction sites are often dangerous by nature, and, to make matters worse, they are sometimes unnecessarily dangerous as a result of negligence. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Florida personal injury attorneys to learn more about construction accidents and how our firm can help if you’ve been injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of construction accidents?

Construction accidents can happen for a wide variety of reasons, though they are frequently caused by the negligence of supervisors, property owners, or equipment manufacturers/designers. When someone is injured on the job in Florida, they are often entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, which should help cover the cost of medical expenses and other damages they’ve sustained as a result of their injury. That being said, after sustaining a workplace injury, it is critical that you do everything in your power to document the incident as it happened. You should first notify your supervisor of your injury, and your supervisor should call an ambulance to the scene. While you await the ambulance’s arrival, ensure you take pictures of the unsafe condition that caused your accident, ask witnesses for their contact information, and, if you were injured by a defective piece of machinery, ensure the machinery is preserved and not thrown away.

What is the difference between workers’ compensation and a third-party claim?

In most cases, when someone is injured on the job, they will seek workers’ compensation benefits to help cover the cost of their medical bills and a portion of their lost wages. However, there are times where workers’ compensation benefits do not cover the entire cost of an injury, in which case the injured party may seek compensation from a liable third party (not his or her employer). For example, injured construction workers may sue property owners, independent contractors, equipment designers/manufacturers, and more. Bear in mind that you must file your workers’ compensation within two years of your accident, and you also will have no more than four years to file a third-party claim. If you have any additional questions, give us a call today.

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Ansbacher Law is composed of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.