By nature, construction sites are dangerous places. One is required to wear the appropriate safety gear when working or visiting such places – hard hats, harness, safety shoes, gloves, bright, visible safety vest and earmuffs. Unfortunately, this does not guarantee that there will be no accident, or that a person will not get hurt. Personal injury lawyers in Orlando get hundreds of construction accident cases every year.
These are some of the types of accidents seen most commonly at construction sites:
- Chemical Spills
- Electric shocks
- Explosions (compressed gases, pressure boilers)
- Falls from scaffolding
- Hoist accidents
- Slips and falls
- Collapsed structures
- Crane related accidents
- Malfunction of safety equipment, especially harness
- Injuries from falling debris
- Injuries from operating heavy machinery
None of these are minor injuries; they often result in brain damage or permanent physical disability to the victims; some may face long-term impairment. This means loss of earning capacity, which could be short term, long term or permanent.
If you have an accident at a construction site, it is very important that you consult an experienced accident attorney in Orlando as soon as you can.
Cases related to construction accidents can be pretty complex; one of the reasons being that there could be several parties who could be held liable for your accident.
At Bryan W Crews we are very familiar with the intricacies of workplace injuries and worker’s compensation regulations of the State of Florida. We have the know-how and resources to go all the way to ensure you get justice – regardless of whether it’s an insurance company, contractors, equipment manufacturers architects, engineers, or your employers that we have to go up against.
A reputed Orlando personal injury attorney will make a thorough examination of all the facts and evidence available –the construction site itself, medical records, statements from witnesses and other related parties and so on. This will help the lawyer to determine which party is liable to what extent, what laws are applicable in this particular case, can the case be negotiated and settled out of court or will a trial be needed, and so on.
If you are seeking to file a personal injury claim, it will be necessary to prove that a third party was negligent. It could be any of the below:
- Faulty equipment design
- Nonmaintenance of safety equipment
- Insufficient hazard warnings
- Lack of monitoring of safety norms implementation
- Improper or inadequate training on use of heavy or dangerous machinery or equipment
- Handling toxic substances without necessary precautions
If you’ve been in an accident at a construction site, make sure to get immediate medical help; ask a co-worker to take pictures of your injuries, the faulty equipment if any, the spot where the accident occurred, and to get statements from individuals present at the time.
Your next step should be to consult an Orlando accident lawyer who will be able to help you find the proper claim.
Have you been involved in an accident at the construction site you were working on? Provided that you were not willfully negligent, our firm can help you get what is due to you in terms of compensation. Call us now on (407) 841-0200 and get a free case evaluation.