According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, Florida’s construction and extraction occupations and construction trades workers accounted for 27% and 24% (respectively) of all workplace fatalities in 2019.
Nevertheless, if you were not a 3rd party but rather an employee, under normal circumstances, you cannot file a lawsuit against your employer if you were injured at work. Rather, after being injured while working on a construction site, you could file a worker’s compensation claim. Generally speaking, the State of Florida mandates that employers have insurance for their workers to cover expenses such as medical bills, lost remuneration, rehabilitation fees, and disability payments should they be injured on the job. Claims against workers’ compensation insurance are not affected by fault.
That said, most insurance companies are notorious for seeking loopholes to avoid profit-eating pay-outs. Having a construction accident law firm in your corner levels the playing fields with these bullies. Instead of pursuing a workers’ compensation claim alone, Sokoloff and Weinstein, P.A.’s legal team will fight for you to get the full compensation you deserve within a reasonable timeframe and/or initiate a third-party claim (Property owners, machinery manufacturers, chemical companies, developers).
What’s more, there are times when you need a specialist attorney to lead a lawsuit against your employer if:
- They have not purchased compulsory workers’ compensation insurance.
- They retaliate against you for filing a claim.
If you lost a loved one because of a construction site accident, Florida law entitles you to seek compensation in civil court.