Construction Accident

Can I recover more than workers’ compensation benefits in Florida if I am injured on a construction site?

Yes, not always. It depends upon the facts of the case. Everything depends on the facts. But there might be other contractors on the construction site that are available as defendants if they were negligent, the landholder may be available as a defendant if he fell through a roof. The contractor, or previous contractor, or architecture engineer may be responsible for your injuries. Passers by may be responsible for your injuries. There are many people potentially responsible for your injuries on a construction site, but it always fact dependent.

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Can I file a lawsuit for my Florida construction accident?

Yes, you can. Usually cannot file a lawsuit against your employer. We have what’s called in Florida workers’ compensation immunity by statute and by case law. You can file a lawsuit against any other party on a construction site, another driver, especially when driving for another company, a passerby. You could file against the manufacturer or the repair person for defective equipment. There are many people that can be responsible for your injury on a construction site. Also, the landowner or the land holder or the lease holder. If you fall into a hole or get injured in that way, or you go through a defective roof. The person who put on the roof, the previous contractor. There are many people responsible.
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Can I sue the owner of the property if I was injured in Florida in a construction accident?

You certainly can, but the owner must have a reason to be sued. For example, if there was a hole in the property and you had to traverse the property, if there was a pipe coming out of the ground and it shouldn’t have been there in the path of ingress or egress, if there was something the owner knew or should have known and didn’t correct, then the owner certainly can be responsible. This is why you need a competent construction site accident lawyer to help you to determine whether or not the owner may be liable.
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Do I have to give a recorded statement to the insurance company in a Florida Construction accident case?

Never do it. The good thing is if somebody asks you to give a statement, then somebody is potentially responsible. This is your signal to call a lawyer immediately because that person is representing a company that thinks they may have responsibility. So not only don’t you have to do it, you should never do it.

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How do I know if I am entitled to bring a lawsuit for my Florida construction accident?

Somebody else must be responsible for your injuries, and you must have injuries. If you just have a slight injury, twisted your knee and it goes away in half an hour, certainly people are responsible, but it’s not worth bringing a lawsuit for. You should immediately go to a lawyer if you have serious injuries. If you have continuous injuries, then you know you have injuries, and a lawyer that knows construction site law will be able to tell you if anybody is responsible, or potentially responsible for the damages you were caused.

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How quickly should I contact an attorney in a Florida construction accident case?

If you are seriously injured or injured in a way that you think might be serious, such as a persistent or problem, accident cases at a construction site are very complex, and you should contact a lawyer as soon as you are physically able to do so.

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I was injured on a construction site and I do not know who is at-fault. Can an attorney help me figure out who I can make a claim against?

Absolutely, you need to go to a lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer that is experienced in construction site injuries and accidents. A land owner can be responsible. Other contractors can be responsible. Architects, engineers, multiple people. So you need to go to a lawyer right away.

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What if my employer isn’t the only one at-fault for my construction accident injury in Florida?

In Florida, there may be multiple people at a construction site that may be liable for your injuries. Other contractors, architects, engineers, the land owner, the lease owner, the tenant, these people all may be responsible for your injuries as well.

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What is negligence and how does it affect my Florida construction accident case?

Basically negligence is doing something you shouldn’t have done or not doing something you should have done, such as covering a hole, such as putting an ingress and egress path where there are dangerous obstacles in the path like creating a slippery path or a path that had an inappropriate rise or a drop-off or things of this nature.

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What is the statute of limitations to bring a Florida construction accident case?

Florida accident cases are subject to the negligence law and negligence has a four-year statute of limitations. That means you must file a lawsuit if you haven’t already settled it within four years of your injury or you will be forever prohibited from making a claim.

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