Dos and Don’ts of Being Injured in a Workplace Construction Accident
Construction seems to never stop here in South Florida. As much as Floridians may complain about the related noise and road blockades, the reality is that this is the only way that we can have sufficient infrastructure to support our society. And while we are complaining, those employed within the construction industry work in conditions that are often physically demanding and potentially dangerous in order to keep up with constructing and maintaining the buildings and roadways we use and are surrounded by. Unfortunately, every construction site doubles as a location for numerous potential work-related accidents.
What Are the Dos and Don’ts of Being Injured in a Workplace Construction Accident?
Statistics indicate that those who work within the construction industry tend to lose more workers to job-related injuries and deaths on an annual basis than any other industry. Most construction workers understandably strive to prevent an accident altogether and are simply trying to earn enough to support themselves and their families. But as an accident can occur in the scope of employment at any time and any place, every construction worker should be aware of the protections afforded under the law and how to act in a way that can help maximize any entitlement to benefits.
Do – Understand the benefits of the workers’ compensation system. Florida’s workers’ compensation is a no-fault based program that generally covers losses for injuries that are incurred in the scope of employment. It can help offset the cost of expenses like emergency room treatment, medical bills and lost wages.
Don’t – Hesitate to get medical attention. It is always important to seek the help of a medical provider after a workplace injury, even if you aren’t initially sure how serious your injury is. Your injury could in fact be more serious than you ever imagined in a way you wouldn’t have noticed on your own so soon.
Do – Seek legal help. You should anticipate a battle with your employer and its insurance company as they strive to avoid paying out the benefits that you deserve. The help of an attorney who can help you to understand your legal rights and how to seek all possible sources of compensation can be irreplaceable in this situation.
Don’t – Listen to the wrong people. It is understandable that friends, family, and other loved ones want to help with advice. However, information that is shared may or may not be accurate and unfortunately, following the wrong advice can hurt a workers’ compensation case. You can politely decline to make decisions based on anything other than the medical and legal professionals who are advocating on your behalf.
We Can Help You Construct a Successful Case
Sometimes people are hurt while working in Florida and the resulting injuries are painful, financially devastating, and difficult to move on from. As the Miami workers’ compensation attorneys at Payer & Associates, we have the end goal of helping you recover to the maximum extent possible and we do that by providing effective and accessible representation that is tailored to your individual needs. Talking to us comes with no obligation and there are no fees unless we help you reach success with your claim. We invite you to learn more about how we can help you by contacting us today for a free consultation.