Construction Slip & Fall
You’ve probably seen construction and work sites along Hollywood roads; you may drive by these sites every day. While they contribute to the local economy, however, construction sites have many dangers and hazards. Although the types of construction accidents that most often make the news involve crane accidents or catastrophic accidents involving amputation, slip and fall accidents are in fact one of the most common types of incidents on construction and work sites.
The attorneys at Flaxman Law Group are part of the Hollywood community and from our local law offices we have seen many devastating construction site accidents. We have helped represent thousands of people who have been injured and we would like to offer you legal advice if you have suffered an injury. If you have been injured and would like to know whether you have a claim, our team is standing by to offer you a free consultation. Simply contact our law firm today for your free appointment.Why are Slip and Fall Accidents So Common on Construction Sites?
There many reasons why slip and fall accidents and trip and fall accidents occur on construction sites, but the most common hazards include:
- Spilled oil or fuel
- Lack of proper cleanup policy
- Debris, such as nails, left behind after work
- Lack of correct signage
- Lack of adequate maintenance on the property site
- Poor lighting
- Known spills going unaddressed, even after they've been reported to management
- Incorrect training
- Insufficient workplace safety training
- Mechanical failure which causes fuel spills or which causes items to fall from trucks or other vehicles
No matter what causes a slip and fall accident on a construction site, these workplace accidents can claim lives and can cause devastating injury. Construction site slip and fall accidents are more likely to cause devastating injury when compared to slip and fall accidents on other sites simply because construction sites have so many hazardous obstacles in the way. Someone who slips and falls on a construction site, for example, can fall from a height onto pavement or can slip and fall in front of a work crane, truck, or other moving vehicle. They can also fall on sharp objects such as nails or sharp edges. Obviously, this can cause even more devastating and life threatening injury.Workplace Slip and Fall Injuries
Workers who are injured in a slip and fall accident on construction sites can usually claim workers compensation benefits. Unfortunately, these benefits only cover part of the costs associated with a serious injury. Workers benefits do not cover the cost of pain and suffering, incidental expenses, or even the full medical costs and lost wages that a worker may suffer. This means that a worker is expected to make up the difference, which can easily add up to tens of thousands of dollars or even hundreds of thousands of dollars for a serious injury. In the event of a serious, permanent injury, the costs can easily add up to in excess of the million dollars. Most workers simply cannot pay for these costs out-of-pocket.
Fortunately, Florida law allows workers who have been injured on the job due to unsafe conditions to seek compensation through a legal claim. Since workers compensation laws protect employers, however, it is important for construction workers and others who work on construction sites to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney immediately following their injury.
A personal injury attorney can review any settlement offers or insurance offers and can launch an independent investigation into the causes of the accident in order to find all liable parties. An attorney can also use their extensive knowledge of the law to negotiate with insurance companies and the lawyers representing construction companies to ensure that a worker who has been injured get fair compensation for their injuries.
Are you ready to speak to a personal injury attorney about your potential claim? Contact Flaxman Law Group at any time to arrange for a free, no commitment case review.