Construction Accident Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale

Countless construction workers suffer injury each day on construction sites across the U.S., many of them in Fort Lauderdale. While construction is a dangerous industry, fortunately injured workers or their family members (in the case of death) can recover compensation through workers’ compensation insurance or — in some cases — third-party claims. If you or a loved one was injured on a construction site, call a Fort Lauderdale construction accident and injury lawyer for help filing a claim today.

The attorneys at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. want to be your path to justice. Give us a call to schedule your consultation today: 954-524-2820.

What are the most common construction injuries?

Many construction workers suffer severe or fatal injuries in the following types of accidents that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calls the “Fatal Four:”

  • Falls (responsible for 39.9 percent of construction-related fatalities in 2014)
  • Electric shocks (responsible for 8.2 percent of fatalities in 2014)
  • Workers struck by an object (responsible for 8.1 percent of fatalities in 2014)
  • Workers being caught on, or between, equipment and machinery (responsible for 4.3 percent of fatalities in 2014)

Regardless of the type of accident, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

When am I entitled to workers’ compensation?

Workers’ compensation is insurance offered to employees, in exchange for employees agreeing to give up their right to sue their employer. 

Workers’ compensation will pay for almost all injuries that you sustain while on the job.

For construction workers in Florida, this can include injuries that occur during any “building, clearing, filling, excavation, or substantial improvement in the size or use of any structure or the appearance of any land” [Florida Statute § 440.02].

To recover benefits from workers’ compensation insurance, you must notify your employer about your injury and file a claim with your employer’s insurer. While you do not have to prove fault in your claim, you must prove that your injury occurred while:

  • You were within the scope of your employment
  • You were not intoxicated
  • You were not engaged in horseplay

If you are able to prove the above criteria, you will be able to recover benefits such as:

  • All reasonable medical care (and transportation to and from appointments)
  • 66.6 percent of your lost wages (after the first seven days)
  • Vocational rehabilitation (if you are unable to return to your original position)
  • Death benefits (for the surviving family members, if the injury resulted in death)

This benefits are certainly helpful, but if your injury keeps you out of work for a long period of time, or does not allow you to return at all, you may be unable to make ends meet. Fortunately, you may have another option to recover injury compensation.

Filing a Third-Party Claim

If your injury was the result of a third party (e.g., another contracting firm on site, a manufacturer, a designer, an engineer, another driver, etc.), you may be eligible to recover compensation through a third-party claim.

To have a valid third-party claim, you must be able to prove that the party as negligent. To prove negligence, you must establish the following:

Duty

Duty refers to the relationship you share with the third-party in question, and the manner in which it should act to fulfill that duty. For example, a property owner has a duty to keep anyone on his property safe. Another contractor onsite has a duty to behave in a way that keeps others from undue harm (i.e., he should not overload a scaffold and risk it collapsing).

Breach of duty

A breach of duty occurs when the party fails to uphold that duty. Consider the example above: if a contractor from another firm overloads the scaffolding that you are working on and it collapses, he has breached his duty to behave in a way that kept you from undue harm. Because of this, you may be able to file a claim against the contractor or his employer.

Causation

You must be able to prove that you would not have suffered this injury but for the third party’s negligence.

Damages

You must be able to prove that you suffered actual harm whether it be physical, emotional, or financial.

To establish these four elements, you will need to provide evidence such as:

  • Medical records
  • Photos
  • Eyewitness accounts
  • Medical bills
  • Medical testimony

The attorneys at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. have over 150 years of combined experience getting injury victims the compensation they deserve and can help you gather the evidence you need to prove negligence in your case.

Getting the Right Representation to Help You After a Construction Injury

Recovering from a severe work injury can be difficult enough without worrying about proving your injury was work-related or the result of another party’s negligence. The personal injury attorneys at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman do not think you should have to do it alone.

We want to help you get the compensation you and your family need to make ends meet. Our firm, named on U.S. News’ list of Best Law Firms in both 2014 and 2016, believes in giving back to our community in whatever way we can. One way we do this is by helping injured workers and their families get the compensation they need.  

Whether it is a workers’ compensation claim or a third-party negligence claim, we can guide you through all the legal requirements to make sure you have what you need to prove your claim.

If you’ve been injured on a construction site, call our team of attorneys who are nationally recognized for helping their clients get the justice they deserve.

Call to see how we can help you today. Your first consultation is free and completely confidential.

Contact Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman at 954-524-2820. We look forward to hearing from you.