Workers’ Compensation and Fall-Related Construction Accidents
The Miami Herald recently reported that a construction worker fell about 30 feet to his death on a recent Friday afternoon at a Frito-Lay plant in Irving, Texas. Three men, all in their 30s, were reportedly working on a construction project at the plant and were on a scissors lift when the equipment collapsed and all three workers fell between 20 to 30 feet. Of the two survivors, police said that one of the workers was listed in critical condition and the other had severe injuries. While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will investigate the death and injuries, police reportedly determined that it an accident and no foul play is suspected.
How Often Do Falls Occur on Construction Sites and How Serious Can They Be?
Sadly, construction-related workplace falls often lead to serious consequences when they happen due to the nature of construction worksites. The U.S. Department of Labor has identified falls as the leading cause of private sector worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry. Over 39 percent of the total deaths in construction in that occurred in 2017 – 381 out of 971 – were attributable to falls.
What Do I Do if I am Injured in a Fall-Related Construction Accident?
- Get emergency medical attention if needed.
- Contact your manager as soon as possible and ensure that the incident is documented.
- Write down the information of anyone who is a witness at the time the accident occurs.
- As soon as is feasible after the accident, contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to help you with your claim.
Am I Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Generally speaking, yes. After being unexpectedly injured in an on-the-job fall accident, many construction workers are forced to deal with expenses they didn’t anticipate such as large medical bills and lost wages. The good news is that if your injury is incurred while you were working onsite as a construction worker in Florida, you can probably file a claim for workers’ insurance benefits. The law here in Florida generally entitles injured workers to compensation for injuries incurred while working.
However, it is also important to understand that entitlement does not mean that compensation is automatic. Many legitimate workers’ compensation claims that are made each year are denied. Even when an injured worker has a great relationship with his or her employer and the employer is fully in support of paying out on the claim, its workers’ compensation insurance company may still deny the claim. Therefore, you will likely need the help of an experienced attorney to get the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to.
Turn to Us For Help.
Sadly, many construction workers eventually find themselves injured because of a workplace fall. If you are injured in this kind of situation, you should understand that there is no reason that you should try to obtain workers’ compensation benefits alone. We have assisted numerous construction workers who have been injured due to falls during our over 25 years of legal experience and we offer compassionate and dedicated representation. As the experienced Miami workers’ compensation attorneys at Payer & Associates, we will help ensure that you maximize your entitlement to workers’ compensation benefits. Begin by contacting us today to schedule a free consultation.