Florida differs from many other states when it comes to construction accidents and how victims are compensated. With the Gulf of Mexico on the west coast and the Atlantic Ocean on the east coast, offshore accidents occur just as often as land based accidents. The industry as a whole is fraught with danger and those who choose construction or offshore careers know that everything on a job site is a potential hazard. If you are injured on a construction site, you need a legal advocate willing to fight for your rights and who will work to protect your future. Our skilled Palm Harbor personal injury lawyers are the best in the industry and have secured millions in awards for our clients. Employers have an obligation to provide a safe work environment to their workers, but when that doesn’t happen, their workers become our clients here at our Palm Harbor law offices.
Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Construction Accidents?
Many people who suffer on the job injuries assume worker’s compensation coverage is always adequate and unfortunately, that’s not the case. In fact, it’s rarely enough to cover the medical costs, much less serve as an income replacement, either temporarily or on a permanent basis. Remember, worker’s compensation is an insurance policy that your employer must obtain. Florida’s program is state-run, which means the state pays the benefits, but employers pay the state their respective premiums. In Florida, an employer in the construction industry who employs one or more part or full-time employees must obtain workers’ compensation coverage. A construction industry contractor who sub-contracts either a portion or the entirety of the work must be able to provide proof of this insurance through a Certificate of Election.
Workers’ compensation can cover a range of different type of workplace and construction accidents. Construction sites and other work premises can have many dangers, including dangerous equipment and dangerous conditions, which can result in falls, impacts, broken bones, head injuries, spinal injuries, vehicle and car accidents, loss of limb and in some cases, loss of life. A business or property owner may also hold liability if there is evidence that a dangerous condition arose as a result of negligent behavior.
How Often Do Construction Accidents Happen in Florida?
There are hundreds of fatal construction injuries in Florida each year. While it appears the numbers have been declining in recent years, the fact is, those lower numbers coincide with the slowdown in the economy and new construction contracts, especially in Florida. Still, even one fatality at a construction site is one too many. Those in road construction suffer the most injuries and deaths in Florida.
Why do I Need a Construction Accident Attorney?
Many people believe that the federal laws will protect them and their rights. The reality is both state and federal regulations that govern workplace safety are narrow in that they simply provide a how-to of sorts for companies to put into place to ensure worker safety. If that does not happen, the majority of the government agencies step in to investigate the incident, levy fines and issue guidelines for repairing the workplace so that a repeat does not occur.
It’s not until a legal advocate steps up to the plate and agrees to protect his client do things begin to change for the worker and his family. It’s understandable that families see only the most immediate crisis, especially when an injury has forced their loved one out of work. It’s overwhelming to see a stack of bills and no way to go back to work because of the ongoing injury. In fact, in some instances, the injured person’s spouse is forced to cut back on his or her work hours in order to properly care for their injured loved ones. It’s that kind of fear and uncertainty that insurance companies rely on to work to their advantage. It shouldn’t be this way, especially considering the loyalty workers show their employers on a daily basis.
The team at Jeffrey W. Hensley, P.A. are experienced in these types of on the job injuries. They have represented clients for more than thirty years and they know how the laws work and they know how insurance companies and their employer’s lawyers are focused on protecting their own interests and those of their clients. You need the same type of aggressive representation, someone who knows the intricacies of construction site injuries, who will fight for your rights and who can see the big picture, including what your needs might be in the future.
If you have been harmed by the actions or negligence of another, you do not have to suffer quietly nor do you have to accept the often-inadequate compensation offered by those responsible and their representatives. Don’t trust any Palm Harbor lawyer; you need a qualified and aggressive Palm Harbor construction accident attorney working on your behalf. The power of a law firm with the knowledge, experience and dedication to fight effectively on your behalf so that you receive every penny of compensation you’re entitled to is just the type of support you need in these cases.
Not All Personal Injury Firms are Created Equal
Palm Harbor construction accident attorney Jeff Hensley has years of experience handling a wide range of medical malpractice and personal injury cases. He is also one of the nation’s leading authorities on traumatic brain injury law. Unlike most other Florida injury attorneys, if settlement talks fail, Jeff is ready, willing and capable of taking your case to trial. This explains why so many injury attorneys seek out the Jeffrey Hensley to handle their litigation for them.
Law firms that represent physicians, insurance companies and other defendants in personal injury and medical malpractice cases have defense lawyers who will do everything they can to limit your financial recovery. We have a combined medical and legal background along with the experience to provide you with quality representation and superior service. We will fight for fair and favorable compensation for you.
If a negotiated settlement is not available, we are always prepared to pursue your claim in court. Many personal injury lawyers limit their representation to settlements and will not handle cases that require litigation; however, because of our successful litigation experience, many law firms send their court cases to us. Our goal is to right some of the wrongs that clients believe they’re facing. We’ve built our reputations on meeting our goals time and again. We invite you to contact us today to explore your options. Remember, you don’t pay unless we win.
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