Construction Workers and Bystanders Who Slip and Fall While Visiting a Site May Be Entitled to Compensation.
Accidents on construction sites are extremely common. This includes accidents involving slips and falls. If you work in construction and you were injured on the job, or if you were injured while visiting a construction site in Fort Lauderdale, you may be entitled to financial compensation, and attorney Joseph Maus can help you recover the financial compensation you deserve. The same is true if you had reason to be on a construction site and you suffered a fall.
Construction Worker Slip and Fall Accident Claims in Florida
For construction workers, recovering financial compensation for a slip and fall can involve filing a workers’ compensation claim or filing a premises liability or personal injury claim against the property owner or another third party. Workers’ compensation covers all job-related injuries, and essentially all construction workers are (or should be) covered. In Florida, eligible construction workers are entitled to “no fault” benefits; however, these benefits are limited to injury-related medical expenses and a portion (usually two thirds) of the employee’s or contractor’s lost wages.
If the property owner, a subcontractor or another third party was negligent in causing your accident, then you may also be able to file a premises liability or personal injury claim. This is important, because these claims are not limited to your medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages. If you’re a construction worker and you have a premises liability or personal injury claim, you can recover financial compensation for your:
- Medical expenses
- Physical therapy expenses
- Prescription costs
- Loss of income and future earning capacity
- Pain, suffering and emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Pedestrian and Bystander Slip and Fall Accident Claims Involving Construction Sites
As a bystander or pedestrian, you have the right to seek financial compensation from any party that was negligent in causing your slip and fall accident. Property owners, builders, contractors and subcontractors are all potential defendants in construction site slip and fall claims. If one of these parties (or any other party) was negligent in allowing a hazardous condition to exist at the construction site, you are entitled to all of the damages listed above, and you will want to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible.
Some common examples of negligent that can lead to trip and fall accidents on construction sites include:
- Allowing rainwater or other slip hazards to accumulate
- Failing to clean up or rope off spills
- Failing to install adequate lighting
- Failing to prevent access to the construction site, resulting in injuries to a child (known as an “attractive nuisance” claim)
- Failing to install temporary railings in order to prevent falls from heights
- Failing to place anti-skid protection on temporary or unfinished steps
- Installing slippery flooring materials or failing to prevent access to areas with drying or unfinished floors
Contact Fort Lauderdale Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer Joseph Maus
For more information about seeking financial compensation after a slip and fall accident at a Fort Lauderdale construction site, contact the Maus Law Firm for a free, no-obligation consultation. To speak with attorney Joseph Maus in confidence, call 855-999-5297 or tell us how we can reach you online today.