Florida Injury and Employment Attorneys

Pasco County Construction Accident Attorney

Construction carries higher risks for workers than other industries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that 21.1% of all private industry worker fatalities in a recent year occurred in the construction industry.

If you have been hurt in a construction accident, you may have legal options beyond workers’ compensation. Contact Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC to schedule a free consultation. We can tell you if you have a personal injury case and what damages you may be entitled to claim.\

Why Hire Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC?

Our Pasco County personal injury lawyers have been successfully handling all types of personal injury matters for more than 60 years and are known for being tough advocates for our clients. Our team offers services above and beyond the ordinary:

  • We take a hands-on approach, devising comprehensive strategies tailored to your case and then aggressively litigating for maximum damages.
  • We understand that this is a tough time for you and offer a free case consultation to help you find out if you have a case.
  • We are very selective in representing cases, so that we can maintain a small caseload and give each of our clients the attention and respect they deserve.

How a Lawyer Can Help

After a serious construction accident, you need an experienced injury attorney to determine what your legal options are for compensation. In most cases, workers injured in Florida construction accidents are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, workers’ comp does not always provide adequate compensation for construction accident injuries.

Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to pursue a third-party claim against someone other than your employer. A knowledgeable construction accident lawyer can determine potentially responsible parties, establish liability, and represent you in a civil action to pursue compensation.

Types of Construction Accidents in Florida

In a recently reported year, 991 out of 4,693 worker fatalities in private industry were construction workers. This amounts to one in five worker deaths. Violations of OSHA safety standards, designed to protect workers from injury, are a major factor in many construction accidents.

OSHA’s “Fatal Four”

The “Fatal Four” are the leading causes of worker death (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry, accounting for 63.7% of construction worker deaths in the most recently reported year. These are:

  • Falls – 384 deaths (38.7%)
  • Struct by an object – 93 deaths (9.4%)
  • Electrocution – 82 deaths (8.3%)
  • Caught in or between – 72 deaths (7.3%)

The caught-in-or-between category includes workers caught in or compressed by objects or equipment; and struck, crushed, or caught in collapsing structures, equipment, or material.

 Common Causes of Construction Accidents

Construction projects can take place in different settings, depending on the project. Nevertheless, a large number of construction accidents can be traced to several main underlying causes:

  • Failure to identify an unsafe condition before work is started or after it begins.
  • Proceeding with construction work despite recognized unsafe conditions.
  • Failure to follow OSHA safety rules.

Who Is Liable for my Accident?

Determining liability for construction accident injuries can be a complex process. There may be multiple potentially liable parties, including:

  • Site owner: If a worker is injured by toxic chemicals stored on site or other hazardous conditions on the property, the owner of the site may be liable for injuries.
  • Contractors and subcontractors: Contractors who fail to provide a reasonable safe work area may be held responsible for certain accidents.
  • Equipment manufacturers: When defective equipment causes an accident, the manufacturer may be liable.
  • Engineers and architects: If a building is not structurally sound because of a faulty design and workers are injured when the building collapses, architects and engineers may be liable for resulting injuries.

Contact Our Firm Today

If you have been hurt in a construction accident, our Pasco County injury lawyers at Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC can determine if you have a case and who is liable for your injuries. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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