Were you hurt on a construction site in St. Petersburg, FL? You could be entitled to recover workers’ compensation benefits for medical bills and lost wages. You could also be eligible for additional damages through a personal injury claim, including pain and suffering damages. An experienced St. Petersburg construction accident lawyer at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes can fight for the money you deserve.
Our legal team has been fighting for injured clients since 1955. Over the years, we’ve recovered more than $675 million in compensation to help individuals and families in St. Pete.
How Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Can Help After a Construction Accident in St. Petersburg
Construction work is dangerous. That doesn’t mean you should have to suffer the financial consequences if you were hurt as a construction worker. Injured construction workers have the right to workers’ compensation benefits to help them back on their feet after an accident.
However, workers’ comp may not be your only option for recovering money for your injuries. Personal injury lawsuits and product liability lawsuits can offer additional compensation, if applicable. Our St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers can help you explore all of your options.
At Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, our construction lawyers have more than 300 years of combined experience in personal injury. We’re the oldest personal injury law firm in Tampa Bay. Rest assured, we understand the complex state and federal rules that may apply in your case.
When you hire our team, expect a lawyer who will:
- Investigate to determine who caused your accident
- Identify all potential sources of compensation
- Help with your workers’ compensation claim
- Fight back if the insurance company challenges your right to fair benefits
- Negotiate to recover the maximum overall compensation you deserve
If you’re hurt, you should be focused on your recovery. In reality, you need money to get by. Our skilled St. Petersburg personal injury attorneys can help protect your financial security while you heal. Ready to learn more? Give us a call today.
How Common Are Construction Accidents in St. Petersburg?
Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the US. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in every five worker deaths during 2019 were in construction. There were 1,066 fatal construction accidents that same year–the highest total since 2007, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In Florida, 91 construction workers died on the job in 2019. More workers died in construction than in any other industry statewide.
What is My St. Petersburg Construction Accident Case Worth?
The value of your case depends on a few different factors. The most important factors include:
- The severity of your injuries
- The duration of your recovery
- The cost of your medical treatment
- Who was responsible for your injuries
- The impact of your injury on your work, family, and quality of life
When your construction accident injuries are severe, it’s critical to recover every dollar you deserve. Your financial compensation award can go a long way toward protecting your future.
Our legal team at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes will work hard to get all the money you deserve. If you aren’t expected to make a full recovery, we can also help you secure permanent disability benefits to protect your future.
To learn more, just call our law firm to schedule a free case review today.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Construction Accident Victims?
The damages available to injured construction workers depend on who was responsible for your accident.
Workers’ compensation in Florida provides compensation for:
- All reasonable and necessary medical expenses
- About ⅔ of your average weekly wages prior to the accident
- Death benefits for surviving family members
Workers’ comp benefits are available regardless of who caused your accident. In exchange, you give up the right to sue your employer for additional damages.
However, you still have the right to file a personal injury claim against a third party who was responsible for your injuries. These lawsuits are called “third-party claims.” If a third party caused your accident, you can recover compensation for your economic and non-economic losses.
Examples of economic damages include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Your full lost wages and income
- Diminished future earning potential
- Medical equipment and medications
- Property damage
You’ll also be entitled to recover non-economic damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Those damages may include compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Chronic pain
- Anxiety, depression, or PTSD
- Loss of consortium
Are you wondering whether you can file a personal injury lawsuit for additional damages? Are you having problems getting the full workers’ compensation benefits you deserve? Call our law offices to learn more about how we can help.
How Do I Know Whether I Have a Valid Third-Party Claim?
You may have a valid third-party claim if your accident was caused by:
- The owner of the construction site
- A negligent driver in a car accident
- General contractors or subcontractors
- Engineers or architects
- The manufacturer of a defective piece of construction equipment
- Inspection or maintenance companies
Multiple parties may share responsibility for your accident. If that’s the case, we can pursue a lawsuit to seek compensation from any third party who contributed to the accident–even if your employer was also partly responsible.
Can I Recover Damages if I’m Being Blamed for a Construction Accident in Florida?
In most cases, you can recover workers’ compensation benefits even if you caused the accident. Workers’ comp is a no-fault system. As long as you were hurt on the job while performing employment-related duties, you can file a claim for benefits.
You may also be entitled to recover damages under Florida personal injury laws if you were partly responsible. However, your damages can be reduced in proportion to your share of fault under Florida’s comparative fault laws.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Construction Accident Injuries
Construction accident injuries can be extremely severe. Our lawyers are prepared to handle any construction accident claim, no matter how big or small.
Give us a call today if you have sustained:
- Broken bones
- Eye injuries
- Hearing damage
- Crushing injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
- Internal organ damage
- Degloving injuries
- Traumatic amputations
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
We’re ready to go to work immediately. All you have to do is call to schedule your free case evaluation today.
What Causes Most Construction Accidents in St. Petersburg, Florida?
According to OSHA, the majority of construction accidents fall into four categories: fall accidents, electrocutions, struck by an object, and caught between objects
Most construction accidents are caused by:
- Lack of proper safety equipment
- Lack of fall prevention equipment
- Violation of state and federal safety regulations
- Communication failures
- Failure to properly train and supervise employees
- Unsafe work equipment
- Improperly installed scaffolding
Any construction site can be a dangerous place. That’s why detailed state and federal safety regulations exist to protect workers. When someone in charge cuts corners to increase profits, people get hurt.
At Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, we handle all types of construction accidents in St. Petersburg, including those involving:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Falls from roofs and ladders
- Electrocution and electric shock
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Accidents involving cranes, forklifts, and other heavy machinery
- Welding accidents
- Trenching accidents
- Excavation accidents
- Building collapse
- Fires and explosions
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Trucking accidents
- And more
Were you hurt on the job in St. Petersburg? Don’t hesitate to reach out for legal advice today. Our St. Petersburg construction accident attorneys offer a free consultation, so just give us a quick call to schedule yours.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Construction Accident in Florida?
You don’t have to prove negligence to claim workers’ compensation benefits. However, to win a personal injury lawsuit, you’ll have to prove that negligence caused your injuries.
There are four elements to any negligence case:
- A legal duty of care
- Breach of duty
In other words, you’ll have to identify the person responsible for your accident. You’ll also have to prove that they made a mistake that directly caused your accident and injuries.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Construction Accident in Florida?
Most injured workers have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. The deadline for workers’ compensation claims is much shorter. You should notify your employer within 30 days of the accident. If you wait too long, you’ll risk losing your right to compensation.
Contact a St. Petersburg Construction Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Were you or a loved one injured in a construction site accident? Call an experienced St. Petersburg construction accident lawyer at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes to learn more about your legal options. As always, your initial consultation is 100% free of charge.