Fort Lauderdale Construction Site Accident Attorney
Representing individuals who have been injured at or around construction sites in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Construction sites are inherently dangerous places. The nature of the work performed at active construction sites often requires the use of heavy machinery, dangerous tools, harsh chemicals, and specialized vehicles. In addition, there are often people who are performing different tasks working in close proximity with one another in a noisy, busy, and often confusing environment. As if these issues were not dangerous enough, active construction sites usually are rife with hazardous conditions such as open heights, exposed electrical wiring, trenches, and unfinished structures. When accidents occur, victims should contact an attorney immediately to ensure that their legal rights are protected.
Construction workers can sustain serious injuries
Construction workers are regularly injured at construction sites, and the construction industry is regularly named as one of the most dangerous industries in which to work. Florida, like all other states, has a Workers’ Compensation Program1 that operates to compensate workers who are injured on the job regardless of fault. While this means that workers are compensated without having to sue their employer, it also limits their ability to bring a legal claim as well as the compensation they may recover. There are some cases, however, in which an injured worker may be able to sue after being injured in an on-the-job accident. These include the following:
- Cases involving claims against third-party contractors
- Product liability claims based on defective tools or equipment
- Intentional acts of an employer resulting in injury
Because the recovery that can be obtained through a lawsuit can be significantly more than the benefits provided by Workers’ Compensation, anyone injured while on the job should contact an experienced Fort Lauderdale construction site accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss their case.
Construction site accidents can injury passersby and visitors
While construction workers are clearly at risk for injury in construction site accidents, less commonly discussed is the fact that people who are visiting or simply nearby a construction site can also sustain injury if an accident occurs. Because these parties generally do not have an employer-employee relationship with the company managing the construction site, they can often recover through a Florida personal injury lawsuit.2 Among the kinds of construction site accidents that have the potential to result in serious injury are:
- Accidental release of toxic or harmful materials
- Electrical accidents
- Vehicle accidents
Contact a Fort Lauderdale construction site accident lawyer today to retain legal counsel
There is no excuse for negligence or carelessness at a construction site. When accidents happen, they can cause extremely serious injuries that may leave victims dealing with the consequences for years. In many cases, people who are injured in construction sites are eligible for significant compensation for their injuries and other losses. South Florida attorney Joseph J. LoRusso has extensive experience assisting clients file successful construction site accident claims in Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding areas. Please feel free to fill out our online contact form or call (954) 715-3260 to schedule a free consultation today.