Construction Industry Reports a High Incidence of Accidents and Injuries Each Year
Roughly three million workers suffer injuries and illnesses every year. These injuries and illnesses are sometimes short-lived, yet many can take months and years to heal from, if full recovery is ever made. Sadly, many of these workers are unable to recover because they aren’t given the healthcare they need.More are unable to return to financial stability following a bad workplace accident, and either go into debt or struggle for years to stay out of it.
If you have suffered an injury on the job, there are routes to pursue. You are not alone and, while your own personal situation may seem completely dire, there is hope. Even if you do not have excellent health insurance, you may be able to afford the care you need. Contact an experienced Orlando workplace injury attorney today to discuss your options. If you were injured on the job, you may be able to collect damages to help pay for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Manual Labor Suffers the Highest Mortality Rate of U.S. Occupations
Manual labor is the most dangerous occupation in the U.S., and construction is the most dangerous job within manual labor. In 2014, 874 construction workers died on the job. A construction site can be an extremely dangerous place to work. There are numerous dangerous situations that could result in injury or even death. As one of the most dangerous occupations, each year hundreds of thousands of construction accidents and injuries are reported throughout the United States.
It is important to realize that a workplace accident at a construction site is not just part of the job. Injured workers have a right to receive due compensation and benefits as a result of the injuries they are subjected to at the job site. Many injured construction site workers are faced with delays in receiving rightfully owed compensation and benefits, and are sometimes denied these necessary benefits after becoming injured.
Hogan Frick represents the legal rights of injured victims of Orlando construction accidents or other personal injury accident or incident in Florida. For a confidential legal consultation, please call one of our offices to speak to an Orlando construction accident attorney. We will aggressively fight to help you recover damages you need to cover lost wages, medical bills, and other relevant compensation and benefits.
Serious Injuries Can Prevent Construction Workers From Returning to Their Work
In the event of a severe injury, you may not be able to regain the function you once had. Or, if you are able to recover, it may take months or years, and the injury may still be a nagging problem every night after you come home from work. This is why it is vital to demand the best doctors, surgical options, and physical therapy.
Back injuries are some of the most common that any employee faces. Heavy lifting, reaching while lifting, bending over, using the improper lifting technique, or simply the repetitive nature of construction work can cause micro trauma over time and create a back problem over years. Or, the injury can be acute. It can happen with one movement or accident. A fall due to unsafe, improper flooring or a fallen object from above can cause immediate, severe trauma to the back. The slow progression of back pain throughout the years may only be covered by workers’ compensation, but an accident out of your control may be due to the negligence of your employer and you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. Back injuries often require surgery, as do other common injuries on the job such as torn ACL tendons, blown out knees, lacerations, and broken bones.
Florida Construction Accidents and Injuries Can Provide Personal Injury Damages For the Injured
While most employee-related construction accidents and injuries are considered workers’ compensation claims, there are exceptions that may make the claim a personal injury liability claim. Workers’ compensation claims are typically related to job-related injuries. Personal injury claims are those which involve injuries sustained due to the negligence, carelessness, or recklessness of another. Under the right conditions, a construction worker may be injured on the job site, receive workers’ compensation and still be able to file a personal injury claim as well. These types of legal claims can be very detailed, complicated, and highly contested. When determining if a personal injury claim may be pursued for a construction accident, the experience of your legal counsel matters.
When a construction site accident or incident occurs, the owners, architects, insurance companies and manufacturers of equipment may be held responsible for inadequate safety provisions. The general contractor and all subcontractors are required to provide a reasonably safe site, to warn of hazards inherent in the site and work, to hire and properly train all employees, to coordinate job safety and to supervise compliance with safety specifications. Despite this, construction sites are filled with potentially dangerous hazards which result construction accidents every day.
Contact Us To Determine If You Have a Personal Injury Claim for Your Florida Construction-Related Injury
If you require professional legal services regarding Orlando construction accidents or other personal injury liability issues, be proactive in protecting your legal rights by seeking the legal advice of the experienced attorneys at Hogan Frick. Let us assist you in your fight to recover compensation.