Construction Site Hazards
New construction is always a positive sign of progress and economic growth, and along with it comes opportunities for new jobs across a wide range of industries. From the beginning stages of planning, through the construction process, to the resulting new businesses such as retail and dining establishments or new office or housing space, many people will likely end up benefiting through employment of some sort. Construction workers, in particular, reap the benefits of new projects – but they can also suffer some losses as well, as the construction field is regarded as one of the most dangerous industries in which to work. One worker involved in the construction at the Miami Beach Convention Center became a statistic when he was struck by a falling wall while working on pipes inside the center. Thankfully, the man suffered only minor injuries to the back of his leg.
Who Is At Fault When A Worker Is Hurt On The Job?
According to Florida Code Section 440.09, an employer is required to pay for or provide benefits when an employee is injured or killed while working for the employer. There are certain exclusions, however, including if the injury was the result of the employee being intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or if the employee was engaged in willful misconduct at the time of the injury. Additionally, an employee will be unable to collect compensation or benefits if the claim was filed fraudulently or through criminal means. Employees covered under other Acts such as Federal Employer’s Liability Act or the Longshoremen’s and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act, to name a few, are ineligible to collect as well.
None Of The Exclusions Apply, So What Do I Do?
The most important thing to do when you have been injured on the job is to report the injury to your employer as soon as possible, but no later than thirty days from the date the injury occurred or the date you became aware that you had suffered an injury. Failure to notify your employer in a timely manner can cause trouble with your claim unnecessarily. Your employer should report the injury to its insurance company, but if they fail to do so, you can contact them and report it yourself. Speaking with any attorney to learn about your rights and responsibilities with respect to workplace injuries and workers’ compensation is the best way to make sure that you do not lose out on anything you are entitled to receive for your injuries.
Reach Out to Us for Professional Help
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, contact the office of Boone & Davis in Fort Lauderdale right away. Our knowledgeable construction site accident attorneys are ready to work with you to make sure you are fairly compensated for any losses you have suffered as a result of accidents on the job site. Construction site accident matters can be complex and confusing and, when you have been involved in such an incident, the attorneys at our office will help you to understand your rights and responsibilities and what you can expect to happen. Contact us via our website or call us today at 954.556.5260 to speak with a legal professional and schedule your consultation now.