With all the lifting, pulling, pushing, and equipment involved, construction sites are dangerous places.
Florida’s construction workers are often asked to handle extraordinary weight at incredible heights, and the tools of the trade are inherently dangerous. Unsurprisingly, construction site injuries make up a significant portion of the personal injury claims in Florida.
In fact, nearly twenty percent of all workplace injuries involve construction. Sometimes, that means the workers themselves are hurt. In other cases, innocent bystanders from the general public are inadvertently injured.
Top Construction Site Accidents
Because of the perils involved, the injuries in construction accidents are often catastrophic. In many cases, the contractor or another responsible party has a legal duty to pay for the victims’ medical bills, lost income, pain, and emotional distress.
The most common construction site injuries in Florida include:
- Falls from scaffolding, ladders, roofs, windows, or ledges
- Slip and fall (even on ground level)
- Collapsed trenches
- Tools falling from a height and striking workers on the head
- Fire, burns, and explosions
- Lacerations or deep cuts
- Overexertion / muscle or joint damage
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Heat stroke
- Loss of hearing or vision due to loud or unsafe machinery
- Crushing injury due to being trapped between machines or other objects
- Backovers (being run over by a large construction truck)
- Exposure to lead, asbestos, or other harmful / toxic material
- Broken bones or Paralysis
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after a serious accident /coworker death
- Falling objects/debris on pedestrians and drivers
- and even the unimaginable
As you can see, the potential for injury at a construction site is almost endless. Unfortunately, these risks are foreseeable and yet relatively common.
Our office is located in the Brickell area, and there is construction all around us. To that end, we are representing individuals that were injured when everything from debris to hooks fell out of the sky and hit them or their cars.
Contractors, subcontractors, and employers have a duty to protect not only construction workers but also the general public. When they fail to abide by safety regulations — or fail to address foreseeable hazards — they are liable for the damages that occur as a result.
Suffering from Construction Site Injuries? Call a Miami Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Florida construction site accident, an experienced Miami personal injury attorney can help. Kaire & Heffernan, LLC offer years of experience in successfully recovering compensation for hardworking and unfairly injured people all across Florida.
When you contact our office, you can schedule a free consultation with a Miami personal injury attorney and learn more about the potential value of your claim. We handle everything on our clients’ behalf so that they can focus on healing while we fight for justice. Legal time limits apply to these claims, so please contact us as soon as possible.
Mark Kaire has been practicing law in Miami for nearly 30 years. He is dedicated to helping the injured people of Miami receive compensation. Mr. Kaire has been blogging on Miami’s legal issues for many years.