Did you recently suffer an injury in a construction accident in Ocala, FL? Contact Allen Law Firm, P.A., to discuss your legal rights and options with an experienced Ocala construction accident lawyer. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits and/or damages from a negligent third party.
Our law firm is ready to help you fight to maximize your financial recovery.
We offer a free initial case evaluation. Give our law office in Ocala, Florida a call to schedule yours today.
How Will Allen Law Firm, P.A., Help If I’ve Been Injured in a Construction Accident in Ocala?
Getting hurt on the job site can cause excruciatingly painful injuries and really cause a financial nightmare for you and your family. Fortunately, there are systems in place to help you stay afloat and get the money you need while you recover. However, actually getting cash and benefits in your hands can be a challenge.
Employers and workers’ compensation insurance providers won’t make things easy. In fact, you’ll probably face an uphill battle as you fight to get the money you need and deserve.
Making sure that you have an experienced Ocala personal injury lawyer in your corner for this fight can make all the difference in the world.
At Allen Law Firm, P.A., our personal injury attorneys have more than 70 years of combined experience handling complex construction accident injury claims. And, our law firm has no fewer than 8 certified insurance adjusters on staff. So, we not only know personal injury law inside-and-out, we have a unique understanding and perspective of the insurance system, too. This means that we’re always one step ahead for our clients. As a result, we’re regularly able to help construction accident victims recover life-changing financial awards.
When you call us for help after a construction site accident in Ocala, we will:
- Provide you with quality legal advice and guidance from the start
- coordinate and oversee an in-depth investigation into your construction accident
- Gather and analyze evidence that supports your claim for damages
- Help to ensure that your injury claims are filed in a timely manner
- Handle all aspects of your workers’ compensation claim for benefits
- Determine if a third-party claim is a viable option for you, given the circumstances of your accident
- Negotiate with insurance providers and work to get a favorable deal on your behalf
- Take your case to a jury, if necessary.
Our Ocala personal injury attorneys are here to help you in your time of need. Give our law office in Marion County a call to schedule a time to discuss the details of your case. There’s absolutely no charge for your first consultation.
How Common Are Construction Accidents in Florida?
The construction industry is dangerous. If you’re a construction worker, there’s a good chance that you’ll suffer an injury at some point in your career. This is particularly true if you work on a construction site in Ocala or elsewhere in the state of Florida. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 101 fatal construction accidents in Florida in 2018.
That’s roughly one construction accident death every 3 to 4 days.
Thanks to a building boom, construction accidents and deaths have been occurring with greater frequency in recent years. The number of deaths reported in 2018 was 34 percent higher than the number of construction fatalities reported in 2017. Over the past 7 years, construction fatalities have surged by 140 percent.
These are just statistics regarding fatal construction accidents. Thousands of other construction laborers suffer injuries on job sites in Florida every year.
What Causes Construction Accidents in Ocala, Fl?
According to OSHA – the Occupational Safety & Health Administration – there are four primary causes of construction accidents that result in injury and death. Known as the “fatal four,” they are:
- Struck by Object
- Electrocutions, and
Other commonly cited causes of construction accidents and injuries include:
- Defective tools and worksite equipment
- Poor employee training
- Inadequate management and worker oversight
- Hazardous worksite conditions
- Slippery floors and workspaces
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- OSHA safety violations
If you’ve suffered an injury at a construction site in Ocala, Florida, call Allen Law Firm, P.A. Our experienced construction site accident lawyers can help you determine the course of action for recovering compensation as you get back on your feet.
Representing All Injured Construction Workers in Ocala
Our personal injury law firm is ready to help you pursue monetary damages for injuries sustained in:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Ladder and scaffolding accidents
- Crane accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Accidents involving heavy machinery and tools
- Falling object accidents
- Crush accidents
- Building collapses
- Structure failure
- Welding accidents
- Brazing accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents, including car accidents and truck accidents
Your first consultation with our construction accident attorneys is free. If you can’t make it to our law office in Ocala, we can arrange a time to visit you. Call to get started now.
How Do I Recover Compensation After an Accident on an Ocala Construction Site?
There are two ways you might be able to recover damages for construction accident-related injuries in Ocala. The first involves filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, while the second involves filing a third-party claim against a negligent third party.
Most employers in Florida are required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance policy. This is no-fault coverage that helps to cover the costs of a worker’s on-the-job injury. In exchange for waiving the right to sue the employer, the injured laborer can file a claim and receive compensation for some or all of the following:
- Income benefits
- Medical care and treatment
- Impairment benefits
- Reemployment services
If a construction worker is killed in a fatal workplace accient, the family can potentially recover workers’ compensation death benefits.
The workers’ compensation system is complicated. It’s definitely designed to favor the insurance companies and employers, not injured laborers like you. In order to make sure that you don’t leave money on the table, it’s smart to have an experienced Ocala workplace accident lawyer handle your claim for you.
When you file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits you give up the right to sue your employer, regardless of whether or not their negligence caused you to get hurt. However, you don’t waive your right to sue, entirely. You can still file a civil lawsuit if a third party’s negligence, misconduct, or wrongful actions caused you to get hurt. After a construction accident in Ocala, you may have a legitimate negligence or strict liability claim against one or more of the following:
- Property owner
- General contractor
- Manufacturer or supplier of tools and equipment
Filing a third-party claim opens up additional avenues to recover much-needed compensation after a serious accident. In addition to money awarded through a workers’ compensation claim, you can also potentially get money for pain and suffering, disfigurement, emotional distress, and more.
Note, under Florida’s comparative fault system, sharing blame for your construction accident will affect your ability to recover damages in a civil personal injury claim. Your damages will be reduced by the degree to which you share fault.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim After a Construction Accident in Ocala?
Whether you’ve sustained broken bones, burn injuries, damage to your back or spinal cord, lost a limb, or suffered a traumatic brain injury, you’ll have a limited amount of time to file a claim for damages. The specific window will ultimately depend on how you decide to pursue compensation.
For workers’ compensation, you’ll have two years from the date you were injured or learned about your injury to file a claim. Note, however, you must formally notify your employer about the accident much sooner than that. Florida law mandates that you provide notice within 30 days of the accident.
If your employer doesn’t have workers’ compensation coverage or if you decide that you want to pursue additional damages from a third party, you will have a maximum of four years from the date of injury to do so.
If a loved one has died in a fatal construction accident in Ocala, families will have two years to file a wrongful death action against the responsible party.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Ocala Construction Accident Lawyers
Were you recently injured on a construction site in Ocala, Florida? You may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits and/or have the right to pursue damages from a negligent third party. The money you recover can help compensate for medical bills, make up for lost wages, and help you cope with the trauma of the accident. Whether you were injured in a car crash on a job site or fell because of hazardous conditions, Allen Law Firm, P.A., can help you fight to get every cent you deserve. Give our Ocala construction accident lawyers a call to schedule a free case evaluation to learn more.
We’ll carefully review the circumstances of your accident, determine the best course of action, and work to build a strong and persuasive legal claim on your behalf. It’s important to act quickly, so don’t hesitate to call our law firm or connect with us online today.