Injured on the Job? Construction Injury Lawyer in Tampa
Despite efforts such as the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), plenty of workplace injuries occur on a near daily basis that lead injured parties to require the legal representation provided by a construction injury lawyer. A serious injury can severely and negatively affect your life in numerous ways. A serious injury often leads to hospital visits or other medical expenses, which are likely to quickly to turn to debt as bills rapidly add up. An injury can also render you unable to work, especially if your job is physically demanding (as are many construction jobs). And of course, the immediate pain and suffering you are likely to feel as a result of the injury only makes matters worse. But not all hope is lost. With the representation of an experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer, you can claim the compensation owed to you in order to begin putting your life back together.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 9 percent of the 3.3 million nonfatal work injuries and illnesses reported were suffered by construction workers, who experience an average of 4.3 nonfatal injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time workers. Falls account for about 22 percent of these reported injuries, which makes them one of the most common construction injuries. Workers are typically exposed to scaffolding, roofs, ladders, cranes, and various other forms of high platforms while at work, which gives way to the risk of an injury due to a fall. Construction workers are also at risk of falling objects, which can fall from above and strike a worker, causing serious harm such as brain injuries or broken bones. Heavy machinery can lead to various injuries as well, whether due to a dumpster tipping off, an industrial nail gun misfiring, or perhaps full malfunction of machinery. Additional legislature, referred to as product liability, may come into place if any injuries were sustained as a result of malfunctioning equipment. Overexertion is another common cause of construction injuries. Heat exposure can lead to brain damage, heart failure, or kidney failure, or other life-threatening injuries. Hypothermia, frostbite, or other forms of cold exposure can lead to the loss of life and limb.
Workplace Injuries — Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer
Worker’s compensation helps recover compensation, but there are many situations in which you will still need representation from a Tampa personal injury lawyer. If parties other than the employer, such as property owners, third-party contractors, or equipment managers can be proven at fault, recoveries from these parties are not covered or otherwise affected by workers’ compensation laws. Property owners and general contractors of the project are generally held responsible for the safety of workers present at a construction site. This includes any pedestrians or other passersby that may find themselves within close proximity of the site. Those injured by debris or other dangerous elements resulting from construction work may be able to recover compensatory damages from the company responsible for the construction site. The construction company is responsible for maintaining a safe work area, which includes the area surrounding the work site. If you have been injured in a construction accident in any way, a construction injury lawyer can help you claim compensation you need in order to recover from injury.
Hopefully, you will never be in a position in which you need the legal services of a construction injury lawyer, but in the event that you do, please give Hoag Law Firm a call or complete your online Free Case Evaluation. A free consultation from an experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer can help you understand your rights. With honest advice and an experienced attorney at your side, you can recover from injury with the largest possible settlement and get back to living your life.