It is no secret that construction sites are incredibly dangerous places.
Filled with many people and objects, large machinery, elevated working
stations, exposed wiring, open holes, and other potential hazards, construction
sites can play host to many different types of accidents that can injure
workers and people nearby.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a
construction accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your damages. How a
construction accident lawsuit will proceed will depend on many factors
unique to your case and your situation. Were you a worker or a pedestrian?
Did you suffer preventable harm? There are many questions to be considered
when pursuing these cases.
At Roman & Gaynor, our Clearwater personal injury lawyers are available
to help construction accident victims better understand their rights after
being injured on or near a construction site. While we encourage you to
speak personally with a member of our legal team to discuss the particularities
of your case, we also wanted to provide some general information about
the important steps involved in construction accident lawsuits:
Understand the laws involved – Your ability to recover compensation, and the method for obtaining
it, will depend on the laws that govern your accident and injury. If you
were a worker, for example, you may be entitled to benefits such as medical
treatment and wage supplementation through your employer’s workers’
compensation insurance. Workers’ comp claims are no-fault cases,
meaning it doesn’t matter who caused your accident of if your employer
was negligent. Other construction accident cases, including those involved
passerby and innocent members of the public, may be governed by personal
injury law, which requires that you show another party was negligent in
causing you harm.
Determine who is at fault – If a construction accident case does not fall under workers’
compensation, the next step is to determine who is at fault. Often, construction
site operators may violate safety regulations in order to cut costs. When
they do this, they place others in danger and can be held at fault for
the harm their negligence causes. Other potential parties who may be liable
include third parties and product manufacturers.
Explore third party liability – Even in cases where workers may be eligible for workers’
compensation, it is important to explore the circumstances surrounding
the accident in order to determine if a negligent third party caused or
contributed to your injuries. A third party may include contractors or
other parties who are not owned or operated by your employer, as well
as product manufacturers who made defective equipment or machinery available
for use. When there is a third party that can be held liable, you can
pursue compensation from them under personal injury law rather than workers’
Pursue compensation – The final stage of any lawsuit is to help victims pursue compensation
for their damages, which may include the cost of medical treatment needed
for their injuries, lost work wages and future income, pain and suffering,
emotional anguish, and more. Our attorneys have decades of combined experience
fighting against corporations and insurance companies when they want to
minimize payouts. By fully investigating accidents and building strong
cases supported by evidence, we help put clients in a position to recover
what they are rightfully owed – either through settlement or by
trial verdict if necessary.
Roman & Gaynor is an accomplished personal injury law firm that has
recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims across Clearwater
and the surrounding areas of Florida. If you were involved in a construction
accident, our team is available days, nights, and weekends to take your
call and evaluate your case free of charge. Contact our firm today to
speak with a lawyer!