Mark Roman | February 17, 2017 | Personal Injury
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 Austin Personal Injury Lawyers, 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’ compensation.
- 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.
Contact the Clearwater Personal Injury Law Firm of Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers for Help Today
For more information, please contact the legal team of Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers for a free initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Clearwater. We have five convenient locations in Florida: Clearwater, New Port Richey, and Tampa.
Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Clearwater Office
1811 N. Belcher Road, Suite I-1
Clearwater, FL 33765
Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Congress Ave Office
2360 Congress Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33763
Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Tampa Office
6601 Memorial Hwy Suite 202
Tampa, FL 33615
Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – New Port Richey Office
2515 Seven Springs Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL, 34655