Construction sites are notoriously dangerous, and site managers must take extra precautions to ensure employee safety. Failing to do so often results in severe injury or death. Whether you or a family member have suffered an injury or toxic exposure, now is the perfect time to connect with a Florida construction injury lawyer at DWK Law.
Our expert attorneys can help you work towards recovery in your construction injury case. Call (407) 244-3000 to arrange your free consultation.
After you are hurt, you need a skilled Orlando construction accident attorney who can accurately calculate the value of your damages, so you aren’t left with unpaid bills. Your attorney can help you avoid logistical, medical, and financial problems.
The experienced Florida injury attorneys at DWK Law have designed their practice to empower and support injury victims. For more than 30 years, our team has relentlessly and aggressively focused on maximizing our clients’ recoveries and holding wrongdoers accountable.
We passionately believe in putting our clients first, so we are selective in the cases that we take. Not all Florida law firms are as discriminating. Indeed, many firms settle cases way too quickly simply to collect commissions and free up resources to take on more new clients. The team at DWK Law, on the other hand, is not looking for the quick “win” but rather the maximum benefit for our clients.
OSHA’s “Fatal Four” report lists the top causes of construction accidents:
Infrastructure problems, design deficiencies, geotechnical engineering problems, hidden “on property” hazards, and even soil instability can cause or exacerbate conditions that lead to injury. Identifying the cause of an accident is a far subtler and more difficult business than many people realize.
It may seem obvious enough to you, for instance, that an unstable roof, faulty engineering scheme, or negligent contractor should be blamed for your concussion, laceration, burn, smoke inhalation, or other injury. However, a careful review of the accident can lead to surprising conclusions.
For instance, say an electrical fire started in your wall and burned through your condominium, destroying valuables and sickening your family with smoke inhalation. You might be inclined to blame the contractor or installer for negligence or poor-quality work. However, a forensic probe of the fire may reveal that the true culprit was a defective electrical component. In that case, the manufacturer or designer of that component should ultimately be responsible for your medical bills and other costs.
Workers’ compensation is often your first option to recover compensation. However, a personal injury lawsuit may be a better choice, depending on your circumstances.
In Florida, workers’ compensation insurance is required for all construction companies with at least one employee. When you are injured, you must report your injury and then file a claim to seek benefits. These benefits are helpful while you recover.
Benefits include payment for your medical bills, partial wage replacement, and death benefits for your family if you pass away from your injuries.
On the other hand, in some cases, the employer is not responsible for your accident. Suppose a contractor, vendor, or other outside party is at fault. In that case, your Orlando construction lawyer can help you file a personal injury lawsuit to recover all your damages, including the remainder of your wages not paid by workers’ comp as well as your non-economic losses.
Depending on the details of your accident, many parties may be at fault. Your employer provides workers’ comp to avoid lawsuits from injured employees, but if another worker was neglectful, you may be able to file a claim against them.
When you meet with your Orlando construction lawyer, they will ask questions and take notes about who was involved. Our meeting allows our professional legal team to investigate and determine each person and company who may be to blame for your injuries. We will also collaborate with experts in medicine, forensics, physics, engineering, and mechanical functions to present detailed evidence supporting your claim.
The variables at play in most construction accident cases are dizzying. Consider a seemingly simple case where an assistant drops a heavy beam on their supervisor’s foot. The supervisor then winds up saddled with $75,000 in medical and rehabilitation bills. What negligent party or parties could be held liable?
Depending on the nature and circumstances of the injury, the class of defendants could include the foreman, the construction company, the owner of the property, a sub-contractor, the designer or manufacturer of the bar, and any insurance company that represents any liable party. The sheer dynamic of a busy construction site creates confusion, leading to the fast deterioration of potentially useful evidence.
For instance, if a forensic investigator fails to assess allegedly dangerous conditions on a site quickly after an accident, victims may find themselves at a significant disadvantage. In just a few weeks, the site may look completely different. Your construction accident attorney may need to use indirect methods, such as leveraging remembered witness testimony and medical documents, to make a case for you.
At DWK Law, we strive to understand each client’s needs, listen to their concerns and goals, and establish a strategic process to keep them informed and in control throughout their case. Our clients and legal peers alike have praised us for our probing investigative skills, deep pretrial research, and extraordinary performances in the courtroom.