Tampa Bay Construction Accident Attorneys
After a serious accident on a job site, you need a team of experienced Tampa Bay construction accidents attorneys like the ones at Perenich The Law Firm to fight for you. Call today for a free no obligation consultation.
People with jobs that require sitting at a desk for eight hours don’t understand the danger that is involved at a construction job. If you’re here, you know that construction is a high-risk job and when things don’t go right, they can cause catastrophic injury and sometimes result in death. We want to let you know that, at Perenich The Law Firm, we will take your case as far as it needs to go to get you the compensation you deserve. While you may be feeling extremely nervous about what the future has to offer, we want you to know that you will be in good hands when you are with us.
Causes of the Accident and Injuries They Cause
As mentioned, it’s dangerous work to be on a construction site. There are so many moving parts, raw materials, heavy operated machinery, and a constantly changing environment. When a job that is so physical is given obstacles like this, accidents can happen and it truly can be the worst of the worst injuries. Some of the accidents include:
- Falling from heights
- Heavy objects falling on a worker
- Electrical accidents
- Slip and Falls
- Auto accidents
These are just some of the possible accidents that can happen. Every workplace accident has the potential to cause serious and even permanent injury. Some of these injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injury
- Scarring and disfigurement
Having these injuries can cost you a lot of money in medical bills, leave you unable to return to work (perhaps for the rest of your life if you can’t go back to the same type of work), and perhaps a change in your life forever.
Compensation Available to You
These cases can be quite different than other accidents that result in injuries such as a car accident. Most of the time for car accidents, you will always have a liable party to bring a claim against, but due to the nature of construction accidents, you can’t always bring a claim. This is a worker’s compensation claim for most people as you cannot sue your employer. (It would be different if you were a passerby walking down the street and got injured at a construction site you didn’t work at.) Worker’s compensation will cover your medical expenses and lost wages which is if your employer carries this coverage. If they do not, they can get into a lot of trouble. They also need to be running their site in accordance to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If they do not follow OSHA laws, you may have a personal injury claim. There are other ways you would be eligible for a personal injury claim including malicious intent that caused your accident, serious negligence, or a liable third party. You may be eligible for a third party claim if your accident involved:
- A third party contractor (who would not be your employer) whom you can file a claim against
- A product manufacturer whose product had a defect that injured you (that product could be a tool or scaffolding)
- A designer or engineer that was negligent and caused you injury
- The property owner who was negligent about hazards on their property (your claim would be for premises liability against them)
The best way to figure out if you should pursue a claim is to sit down with one of our experienced Tampa Bay construction accident attorneys. Our law firm is dedicated to helping victims like you find the route to compensation that makes the most sense and will give them what they need to have a full and fair recovery.
If you have established that you’re eligible for a third party or personal injury claim, there are some liability rules that you should be aware of. Florida follows pure comparative negligence laws that affect your compensation. First, if you are found to be at fault for the accident, your award may be reduced. Second, in the unlikely event that you are found to be 100% at fault, you will be barred from receiving compensation. The way it works is, if you had some part in the accident, then you might be deemed partially responsible. Let’s say you were found to be 10% at fault and you were awarded $100,000. Because of Florida’s laws, your award will be reduced to $90,000.
Contact Our Tampa Bay Construction Accidents Attorneys Today
As you can tell, these issues can be extremely complicated, and talking to an attorney is going to be the best option if you want to get the most compensation possible. We will guide you every step of the way and protect your rights. While this can be a particularly stressful time in your life, we want you to relax knowing that you are in good hands and we will ensure you are taken good care of. Please call our experienced Tampa Bay construction accident attorneys today for a free consultation.