Tampa Construction Accident Lawyer
Were you recently injured in a construction site accident? While many injured construction workers believe that their options are limited to workers’ compensation after a work-related accident, this is usually not true. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit for a workplace accident. Or, in cases where a family has lost a loved one, surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Common Construction Site Accidents & Injuries
Experience has taught us that construction sites are dangerous, and construction workers put themselves at risk on a daily basis. A risky job means that people must be exceptionally careful. They must follow safety guidelines, get appropriate training and pay attention to the work they are doing. Sadly, this does not always go as planned.
There are many ways that workers can be injured on construction sites:
- Construction vehicle accidents
- Being hit by falling objects
- Forklift and crane accidents
- Falling from significant heights
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Mistakes by untrained workers
What are my Options After a Fatal Construction Site Accident?
As the immediate family member of someone who was killed in a construction accident, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation survivor benefits. If the accident was the result of a third party’s negligence, you may also be able to obtain additional compensation through a wrongful death claim. This includes the income that your loved one would have earned and non-economic damages such as loss of consortium and pain and suffering.
Darrigo & Diaz, Attorneys at Law regularly represents clients in fatal accident cases. When representing you, our Tampa personal injury lawyers will initiate a thorough investigation in order to determine how the accident happened and document the full extent of your losses. If the death occurred as a result of the negligence of a third party, you may be entitled to financial compensation for grief, mental anguish, and related losses.
I was Injured in a Construction Vehicle Accident. What Should I do?
Once your medical needs have been attended to, you can explore your legal options. As a construction worker, you are entitled to sue any party responsible for your injury other than your employer. Beyond workers’ compensation, you are not entitled to any judicial relief against your employer unless you can prove that your employer demonstrated active negligence that led to the accident.
We can help you with the process of collecting workers’ compensation, which would not preclude you from taking legal action against any person at your construction site, other than your employer, whose negligence contributed to the accident. If your employer does not carry workers’ compensation, you are entitled to take legal action against your employer in the same manner that you might with any other party whose negligence contributed to the accident.
I was Hit by Falling Objects at a Construction Site. Can I Sue?
Falling object accidents are unfortunately all too common at construction sites; in fact, “struck by an object” accidents are the second most common causes of construction worker deaths. For that reason, protection exists for construction workers who suffer injuries due to impact from falling objects under premises liability law; this means that property-owning entities can be held responsible for ensuring a safe environment. Consult with an experienced construction site accident attorney to determine if your case might be eligible for legal recovery in the form of a court settlement.
Can I Sue for Being Injured by a Forklift or Crane at a Construction Site?
Although you cannot take legal action against your employer outside of your claims for workers’ compensation, there exist potential legal remedies in the form of a claim of negligence against the third party distributor of forklifts, cranes, and any other construction equipment, or any other third party that played a part in your accident.
I Fell From a Significant Height at a Construction Site. Can I Sue?
Similar to the protection existing for workers hit by falling objects, protection exists for construction workers who suffer injuries due to impact upon falling from significant heights under premises liability law; this means that property-owning entities can be held responsible for ensuring a safe environment.
Additionally, under product liability law, you can take legal action against any third-party distributor of scaffolding or platform from which you fell. Consult with an attorney to determine if your case might be eligible for legal recovery in the form of a court settlement.
I was Injured in a Heavy Machinery Accident on a Construction Site. What Should I do?
Although you cannot take legal action against your employer outside of your claims for workers’ compensation, there exist potential legal remedies in the form of a claim of negligence against the third party distributor of the machinery or any other party that played a part in your accident.
An Untrained Coworker Caused my Construction Site Accident. What should I do?
It is your employer’s responsibility to train all workers; if you suffer an injury due to the actions of a third party such as a subcontracted project manager or supervisor, your employer can be held responsible for the actions of the third party. In the case of an accident caused by a coworker, you are entitled to workers’ compensation from your employer.
Will I Have to Pay for a Lawyer Out-of-Pocket?
We offer free initial consultations; we also work on a contingency basis, meaning that you will not incur any legal fees unless and until we are able to secure a legal victory for your case. These terms will appear in writing in a contract signed by you and your attorney. In the event that a settlement is reached, your legal fees will be folded into your recovery.
Contact a Construction Accident Lawyer in Tampa
Are you searching for a Tampa injury attorney to represent your personal injury case? Work with Darrigo & Diaz, Attorneys at Law to see what our team can do for you. We provide skilled, knowledgeable, and caring legal guidance for each of our clients, so you can rest easier knowing that your case is in good hands.
Whether you were injured on a construction site or you lost a loved one in a fatal construction accident, you can turn to Darrigo & Diaz, Attorneys at Law for the experienced guidance you need. Contact us at (813) 774-3341 for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation right over the phone.