Have you or a family member been injured on a construction site in Gainesville, FL? Contact the experienced Gainesville construction accident lawyers at Allen Law Firm, P.A. for immediate legal assistance.
You could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits and/or damages from a responsible third party. We will help you understand your legal options and work hard to get you every cent you deserve.
We offer a free consultation, so don’t hesitate to reach out to our Alachua County law office to arrange a time to talk about the details of your case today.
How Allen Law Firm, P.A. Will Help If You’ve Been Injured in a Gainesville Construction Accident
Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the state of Florida. Accidents aren’t uncommon and, when they happen, workers tend to suffer serious, life-changing injuries. It’s important to ask for help as you pursue benefits from your employer’s workers’ compensation policy and/or file a lawsuit against a third party.
Having an experienced Gainesville personal injury lawyer in your corner for this fight can be the difference between getting a full financial award and leaving well-deserved money on the table.
At Allen Law Firm, P.A., we’ve been advocating on behalf of injured construction laborers since 2007. Our law firm is proud to have 70+ years of combined experience handling personal injury law matters and another 115 years combined navigating the insurance industry from the inside. With no fewer than eight insurance adjusters on staff, you’ll benefit from our unique and unparalleled understanding of how insurance companies operate. Our experience and knowledge will help us to stay one step ahead as we go toe-to-toe with insurers on your behalf.
When you hire our personal injury attorneys in Gainesville after a construction site accident, you can expect us to:
- Be transparent and open with you about your case at all stages
- Listen to your side of the story and use what you tell us as the foundation for our investigation
- Coordinate and oversee an in-depth analysis of the circumstances that led to and caused your construction accident
- Determine all potential avenues for recovery, which might include filing a workers’ compensation claim for benefits or filing a civil personal injury lawsuit
- Gather and scrutinize evidence that best supports your demand for benefits and damages
- Limit any claims by third parties that you share fault for your injury
Our goal will be to negotiate a sizable settlement for you as soon as we can. However, we refuse to compromise the quality of our legal representation just to get cash fast. If we think you’re getting a lowball offer, we won’t hesitate to tell you so and take your case to the next level. Our skilled trial attorneys are known for their ability to win in court. That can work wonders for you during negotiations.
Are Construction Accidents Common?
Yes. And, sadly, construction accidents often have catastrophic results. If you work in the construction industry for 45 years, there’s a 1 in 200 chance you’ll suffer a fatal injury on the job.
Nationwide, construction accidents are responsible for one out of every five work-related deaths. In 2018, construction workers accounted for nearly half (47 percent) of all workplace fatalities.
In Florida, 101 construction workers died in job site accidents in 2018. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction accident deaths involved:
- Construction of buildings (7 deaths)
- Heavy and civil engineering construction (22 deaths)
- Specialty trade contractors (70 deaths).
The number of fatal construction accidents in Florida is on the rise. Between 2017 and 2018, these deadly accidents increased by a staggering 34 percent.
Causes of Construction Accidents in Gainesville, Florida
Construction sites are busy. There’s a lot going on and a lot of people working on different projects. Those projects are, often, inherently dangerous. Considering all of these factors together, it’s not a surprise that construction accidents are rather commonplace.
While property owners, construction companies, employers, and general contractors are legally required ot take steps to ensure that workers have a safe space to work, that doesn’t always happen. Common causes of construction accidents include:
- OSHA safety violations
- Inadequate or a lack of safety gear
- Unsecured scaffolding and ladders
- Defective heavy machinery and tools
- Exposure to toxic substances and chemicals
- Slippery surfaces and floors
- Subpar worker management and oversight
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are four main causes of fatal construction accidents. Known as the “fatal four,” they include falls, struck by object, electrocutions, and caught-in/between. In 2018, these four factors accounted for 58.6 percent of all worker deaths.
Types of Construction Accidents
At Allen Law Firm, P.A., we’ll be here to help you after a construction accident in Gainesville, FL. We represent clients who have suffered injuries as a result of:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Ladder and scaffolding accidents
- Brazing accidents
- Crane accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Tunneling accidents
- Falling object accidents
- Crush accidents
- Building collapses
- Structure failure
- Welding accidents
- Auto accidents, including truck accidents and car accidents
Give our Gainesville, Florida law office a call today to discuss your construction accident case. We’re here to help – 24/7/365. And, there’s no risk in asking for our help. We work on contingency, which means that we only get paid if we win your case.
We’ll Fight to Secure Compensation For All of Your Construction Accident Injuries
At Allen Law Firm, P.A., no construction accident injury case is too big, too small, too complex, or too challenging for our team. We are here to put our 70+ years of experience to work to help you recover the compensation you rightfully deserve for all of your job site injuries. Call us if you’ve suffered any of the following injuries because of a construction accident in Florida:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damage
- Loss of limb
- Degloving injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Back, neck, or shoulder injury
- Eye injury
- Repetitive use injury
- Knee or leg injury
- Chest injury
- Development of chronic illness or disease due to toxic exposure on a Gainesville job site
If someone you love has died in a fatal Gainesville construction accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to our law firm to discuss your legal rights. While money will not turn back time and take away your pain, it can help to lessen the burden you face, moving forward. If you qualify for workers’ compensation death benefits or damages in a wrongful death claim, we can help you fight to maximize your recovery.
How to Recover Compensation After a Construction Accident in Gainesville
Typically, there are two ways an injured construction laborer might be able to recover compensation after an on-the-job accident.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Most employers in Florida carry workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system that allows employees to file a claim to recover money after a work-related accident, regardless of fault. In exchange for no-fault benefits, workers waive the right to sue their employers. Benefits available under the workers’ compensation system include income benefits, medical care and treatment, reemployment services, impairment benefits, and/or death benefits.
Getting benefits from a workers’ compensation insurance policy after a legitimate work-related injury should be easy. However, that’s usually not the case. The process can be complicated, and your employer’s insurance provider will probably fight you every step of the way, working to minimize your payout. If you want to maximize your recovery, it’s important to enlist the help of an experienced Gainesville workplace injury attorney.
Third Party Personal Injury Claim
Just because you can’t sue your employer doesn’t mean that you’ve given up the right to file a lawsuit against other parties. If a third party is strictly liable for your injury or if their negligence caused you to get hurt, you can potentially pursue damages by filing a lawsuit. Potentially liable parties could include property owners, general contractors and subcontractors, engineers, architects, manufacturers of defective equipment, and even co-workers.
When you file a civil lawsuit, you can seek compensation for things that aren’t available under the workers’ compensation system. This can include compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment and quality of life
- Disfigurement and scarring
Allen Law Firm, P.A. will determine the best course of action for getting compensation after your construction accident. Give our construction accident attorneys in Gainesville a call to discuss your options today.
You Have a Limited Time to Demand Compensation and Benefits
Keep in mind that Florida limits how much time you’ll have to demand compensation for your construction accident injuries.
For workers’ compensation claims, you’ll have to notify your employer within 30 days to preserve your right to file a claim. Then, you’ll have two years from the date of your accident to formally request compensation. For personal injury lawsuits, a four-year time limit typically applies.
Don’t let well-deserved compensation for medical bills and lost wages slip away because of an arbitrary statute of limitations deadline. Call Allen Law Firm, P.A. immediately after you get hurt. We can begin to work on your case as soon as you ask for our help.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Gainesville Construction Accident Lawyers
If you were recently injured on a job site, contact the construction accident lawyers in Gainesville at Allen Law Firm, P.A. We can help you fight to make sure that you’re awarded all of the workers’ compensation benefits to which you’re entitled and determine if other damages might be on the table, as well. We offer a free consultation, so don’t hesitate to reach out to our law firm in Gainesville to schedule yours today.