Ocala, FL Construction Site Accidents
From operation of heavy machinery to exposure to strong chemicals, construction workers regularly encounter harsh, even dangerous, conditions. Thus, it is not uncommon for them to be injured on the job or develop disabilities over time. When injuries occur at construction sites, a workers’ compensation attorney can help the injured worker secure benefits such as full coverage for medical expenses and compensation for lost wages and temporary or permanent disabilities. If you were injured while working on a construction site, Ocala attorneys with Schatt Hesser Mcgraw can protect your rights and guide you through the process of obtaining workers’ compensation. Contact our firm today for a consultation.
Workplace Injuries at Construction Sites
Retrieving workers’ compensation for construction site accidents can be complicated. When construction workers are hired, they are required to sign contracts, usually acknowledging that their field of work is dangerous. Therefore, by knowingly and willingly entering the job, they put their lives at risk. Fortunately, Florida’s workers’ compensation laws view and address construction accidents as no different from any other workplace accident in regards to the benefits and coverage that employees may be entitled to receive.
Common Construction Site Accidents
These are the most common issues that stem from construction sites:
- Asbestos & mesothelioma (often from exposure to harsh chemicals and debris)
- Construction elevator accidents
- Crane accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Injuries from falling
- Roofing accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Lifting accidents
- Ladder accidents
Many construction site accidents are the result of sincere mishaps. However, when they occur because of defective or faulty equipment, unreadable warning signs, hostile working conditions, or malicious and/or negligent behaviors of others (e.g. coworkers, managers, contractors, etc.), a workers’ comp claim and a third-party claim suit may be necessary. This way, the affected worker can be fully compensated for his/her injuries and disabilities from those who played an intentional role in the accident. A Florida workers’ compensation lawyer with Schatt Hesser Mcgraw will complete a comprehensive case review, collecting all the facts and evidence related to the accident.
What To Do After A Construction Accident
- Seek medical attention immediately! The first thing you should do after a construction accident is seek medical attention. Construction sites are often hostile, and severe injuries can result from seemingly small accidents. Allow a medical professional to fully examine you, and provide the physician with a detailed account of what occurred and what areas of your body were impacted (even if you don’t feel pain in those areas).
- Report the injury. You should then report the injury to your employer. You have 30 days to notify your employer of the injury. He/she then has 7 days to inform the insurance carrier so that your medical expenses will be covered.
- Exchange contact information with witnesses. Witnesses are often crucial to workers’ comp claims, especially for construction site accidents. Be sure to exchange contact information with anyone who witnessed the incident.
- Gather evidence. If your clothing is torn, bloodied or stained, store it in a plastic bag. Keep records of all information related to the accident, including medical records and proof of time away from work (i.e. lost wages).
- Speak to an attorney. You should speak to an experienced workers’ comp attorney in Ocala, FL, for assistance with filing an appropriate claim, filing a lawsuit, and/or receiving compensation for your injury.
Workers’ Comp Attorneys in Ocala, FL
Workers’ comp attorneys at Schatt Hesser Mcgraw have many years of experience in the field. Regardless of how minor or severe your workplace injury may seem, our aggressive lawyers will go above and beyond to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for construction site-related injuries. Contact our lawyers in Ocala, FL, today to discuss your case.