Construction site workers work in difficult and often dangerous environments so they can pay their bills and put food on the table for their families. Unfortunately, many are injured while on the job for a variety of reasons. The physical, emotional, and financial instability can be overwhelming. Construction site accidents can be catastrophic, especially when they are caused by a failure to adhere to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
If you or a loved one has been injured at work on a construction site, our team of Florida workers’ compensation attorneys at Berlin Law Firm is here to help secure the full workers’ compensation benefits you are likely entitled to; so you can focus on your recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation; we’ll be happy to answer your questions, address your concerns and assess your case.
Your rights as a worker in the state of Florida
Workers’ compensation was created to streamline the process when employees are hurt. In exchange for benefits, a worker agrees not to sue the employer. In fact, you are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits even if you caused the accident. You are also protected under Florida law against your employer firing or demoting you in retaliation for filing a claim.
Benefits Available Under Workers’ Compensation
If you were injured on a construction site, it is important to understand what you can expect regarding your benefits under worker’s compensation. In Florida, there are three primary types of benefits a construction site accident work injury lawyer can help you recover.
The three types of benefits you can receive include the following:
- Lost wages. Depending on the severity and permanence of your injuries, you may qualify for wage replacement benefits, Temporary Total Disability, Temporary Partial Disability, Permanent Total Disability, or Permanent Partial Disability. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help determine which financial recovery you can expect for your lost wages.
- Medical costs. Your medical bills, including emergency room visits, hospital stays, surgeries or procedures, doctor’s appointments, assistive devices, and prescription drugs, should be fully covered or reimbursed. However, it is essential to note that you must be seen by a doctor authorized under the worker’s compensation insurance plan for those costs to be covered.
- Additional benefits. This includes death benefits, including funeral expenses and other financial compensation for surviving family members. Another possible benefit is vocational rehabilitation. The injuries you have sustained may significantly alter your physical or mental capabilities, and Florida offers reemployment services to help maximize your employment options.
Seek an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Work accident causes run the gamut from falls to being crushed by machinery. If you have been injured in a crane accident, for example, you might feel that your financial security will be undermined due to your inability to work. Further, insurance companies are large businesses solely focused on the bottom line and often undervalue or even outright deny your valid claim.
We recommend that you consult with one of our experienced lawyers as soon as possible. We can explain your legal rights, provide an approximate financial value of your claim, ensure that you do not miss any legal deadlines, and submit all the pertinent medical and work-related documents.
Contact us at Berlin Law Firm for a free consultation
If you’ve been seriously injured at a construction site, our hardworking and experienced team understands the gravity of your situation. We know how difficult it can be when medical expenses and other bills pile up, and you’re unable to work to support your family because of your injuries. Contact us today to request your free case evaluation about your workers’ compensation claim. We work on a contingency basis, so there are no upfront legal fees.