Hire an Experienced Miami or Fort Lauderdale Construction Accident Lawyer for Your Claim
Working in construction is one of the most dangerous jobs you can have in South Florida. As a result, if you have been injured on the job, you are not alone. Construction workers face numerous risks on a daily basis, and many find themselves in need of an experienced Fort Lauderdale or Miami construction accident attorney.
If you are in need of legal representation, we can help. We handle workers’ compensation and personal injury claims on behalf of injured construction workers and their families. Each Miami and Fort Lauderdale construction accident lawyer at The Gallagher Law Group, P.A. has more than a decade of experience, and we have a proven record of success obtaining settlements and verdicts for our clients.
5 Types of Claims for Construction Accidents in South Florida
As a construction worker in South Florida, you have clear legal rights when you get injured on the job. There are multiple types of claims you may be able to file, and your Fort Lauderdale construction accident lawyer at The Gallagher Law Group, P.A. can provide a comprehensive assessment of your rights under the law.
Depending on how you got injured, your employment history, and other factors, our lawyers may be able to help you file one or more of the following types of claims:
1. Workers’ Compensation Claims
In Florida, all construction companies with at least one employee are required to provide workers’ compensation coverage. Workers’ compensation covers all types of construction accidents, and injured construction workers can file claims even when their employers aren’t responsible for their injuries. In fact, even if you accidentally injured yourself while working on a construction site, you should still be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
2. Social Security Disability (SSD) Claims
Social Security disability (SSD) is a federal government program that pays benefits to eligible individuals who are unable to work due to their injuries. It also pays partial benefits to workers whose injuries force them to take lower-paying jobs. Even though SSD is a government program, collecting the benefits you deserve can be extremely difficult. As a result, it is important to have an experienced Miami construction accident attorney on your side.
3. Personal Injury Claims
If someone else is to blame for your construction accident, you may have a personal injury claim. While construction workers can’t file personal injury claims against their employers (in most cases), they can file personal injury claims against third parties. On construction sites, third parties may include subcontractors, suppliers and delivery companies—among others. If you have a personal injury claim, our lawyers can seek full compensation for your injuries, including compensation for your pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other non-financial losses.
4. Premises Liability Claims
If your construction accident was the result of a hazardous property condition, you may have a claim against the property owner. Claims against property owners are referred to as premises liability claims. Just like personal injury claims, if you have a premises liability claim due to your construction accident, our lawyers can fight to recover full compensation on your behalf.
5. Product Liability Claims
Filing a product liability claim is another way to seek full compensation for a construction accident. You may have a product liability claim if your accident involved a defective hand tool, defective power tool or other defective product. Florida law holds product manufacturers to a high standard; and, when they sell dangerous and defective products, they can—and should—be held accountable.
We Represent Construction Workers in All Trades and Occupations
We represent construction workers in South Florida who are employed in all trades and occupations. Whether you have had a long career in construction or you were injured on your first day on the job, we can use our experience to fight for the compensation you deserve. Some examples of the types of construction workers we represent include:
- Carpenters and Trim Installers
- Carpet and Flooring Installers
- Construction Equipment Operators
- Drywall Installers
- HVAC Installers and Technicians
- Laborers and Helpers
- Landscapers and Hardscapers
- Brickmasons and Stonemasons
- Plumbers and Pipefitters
- Siding Installers
- Site Managers and Project Managers
If you don’t see your occupation on this list, that’s okay. These are just examples of the types of workers we represent. No matter what you do for work, no matter how you got injured and no matter who you think may be responsible, we strongly encourage you to speak with a Fort Lauderdale construction accident lawyer at The Gallagher Law Group, P.A. about your legal rights.
We Handle Cases Involving All Types of Construction Accident Injuries
In addition to representing all types of construction workers, we also handle cases involving all types of construction accident injuries. Jobsite accidents can result in various forms of trauma, all of which can lead to expensive medical bills, pain and suffering, and time missed from work. Some examples of the types of injuries we most frequently see include:
- Bone Fractures and Dislocations
- Brain Injuries
- Eye, Ear and Nose Injuries
- Loss of Digits and Limbs
- Neck Injuries
- Nerve Damage
- Organ Damage
- Respiratory Injuries and Complications
- Soft Tissue Injuries
Here, too, these are just examples. If you have suffered any type of serious injury in a construction-related accident, we want you to contact us to find out what we can do to help.
What You Should Do After a Construction Accident in Miami or Fort Lauderdale
When you get injured in a construction accident, there are some steps you need to take to protect your legal rights. For example, after getting injured on the job in Miami or Fort Lauderdale, you should:
1. Report Your Construction Accident to Your Employer
To protect your right to workers’ compensation benefits, you will need to report your construction accident to your employer. While you should do this as soon as possible, we also encourage you to get help from one of our attorneys if you have any questions or concerns.
2. See an (Approved) Doctor for Diagnosis and Treatment
You will also need to see a doctor as soon as possible. Under Florida law, employers have the right to designate the doctors who treat their employees’ job-related injuries (when their employees file for workers’ compensation). When you report your construction accident, your employer should tell you where to go for treatment.
3. Take Detailed Notes
When you have a few minutes, you should write down as many details as you can remember about the accident. These notes will help you discuss the accident with your lawyer during your free initial consultation.
4. Prioritize Your Recovery
While you may be tempted to go back to work, you need to prioritize your recovery. If your doctor says you should rest, you should rest until you are cleared to resume your normal job duties.
5. Contact a Construction Accident Lawyer in Miami or Fort Lauderdale
To make sure you seek full compensation for your construction accident injuries, you will need an experienced lawyer on your side. You can get started with a free consultation; and, at The Gallagher Law Group, P.A., we do not charge any fees or costs unless we win.
FAQs: Seeking Financial Compensation for a Construction Accident in South Florida
Can I File for Workers’ Compensation After a Construction Accident?
Most construction workers in Florida are eligible to file for workers’ compensation when they get injured on the job. When you report your accident to your employer, it should tell you if it has workers’ compensation coverage. If it doesn’t, a Miami construction accident attorney can explain your legal rights.
Can I Sue a Contractor or Subcontractor After a Construction Accident?
Injured construction workers can sue to recover full compensation for their losses in many cases. If you believe that a contractor or subcontractor is to blame for your accident, you should talk to a Fort Lauderdale construction accident lawyer about filing a lawsuit promptly.
How Much Can a Miami Construction Accident Attorney Help Me Recover?
The amount you can recover after a construction accident depends on the claim(s) you can file as well as the financial and non-financial costs of your injuries. During your free initial consultation at The Gallagher Law Group, P.A., your Fort Lauderdale construction accident lawyer will provide a preliminary assessment of your legal rights.
Do I Need a Lawyer to File a Construction Accident Claim in South Florida?
Due to the challenges involved in asserting your legal rights after a construction accident, we do not recommend trying to file a claim on your own. You can hire a lawyer at no out-of-pocket cost; and, at The Gallagher Law Group, P.A., we will only take your claim if we believe we can help you recover more than you could recover on your own.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Miami or Fort Lauderdale Construction Accident Attorney
How much compensation are you entitled to recover for your construction accident? Contact us to find out. Call 954-530-7314 or tell us what happened online to arrange a free consultation today.