Fort Lauderdale Construction Accident Lawyer
Do you seek compensation after a construction accident? A lawyer from Wolf & Pravato can help you file a construction accident claim in Fort Lauderdale and recover damages for your injuries. Let an attorney from our office get your life back.
Did you know the construction industry is considered the most dangerous job in the country?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for 2012, there are roughly 150,000 construction site accident injuries each year. Construction injuries make up 19.3% (the highest percentage) of all injuries in the private industry sector. While many of these injuries are caused by simple accidents, many are caused by carelessness or negligence of someone else.
Florida law protects victims who are injured in construction site accidents. Section 440.02 of the Florida Statutes requires employers in the construction industry to carry workers’ compensation insurance if they employ one or more workers. Subcontractors must also provide workers’ compensation coverage for their employees under state law. Even out-of-state employers and subcontractors with employees working in Florida must provide proof of a Florida workers’ compensation policy.
When You Need to File a Construction Accident Claim in Fort Lauderdale, Experience Counts
Workers’ compensation benefits may provide much-needed financial support to injured workers or surviving family members, but depending on the severity of the accident, workers’ comp may not be enough. If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a construction accident in Fort Lauderdale, you may be eligible to file an injury or wrongful death claim to obtain additional coverage, such as reimbursement for pain and suffering, future wage loss, and medical expenses.
We realize these are often very tragic situations, with long term consequences for the victim and the family. We feel an injured construction worker should be able to recover the maximum possible in damages, and once we represent you, you can expect your case to be addressed with tenacity, commitment and the highest level of legal skill.
At Wolf and Pravato, we specialize in representing claims related to common safety violations that occur on construction sites that either cause or contribute to an accident, including the following:
- Failure to provide adequate training for employees
- Falls from heights
- Scaffolding accidents
- Poor construction of guard rails, scaffolding, or stairs
- Machinery accidents
- Falling objects
- Supervisor negligence
- Hazardous work environment
- Improper or careless use of equipment
- Gas explosions
- Building collapse
- Logging accidents
- Defective tools or equipment
- Defective ladders
- Fires and flammable materials
- Accidents with cranes, hooks, forklifts
- Failure to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements
- Exposure to toxic or hazardous chemicals
If you or your family member has sustained injuries from a construction accident in Fort Lauderdale, it’s important to act swiftly to protect your rights. Even if you think that your injuries after an accident are “minor” bear in mind that many injuries worsen over time. When an accident does occur on a construction site, it is not uncommon for those who are injured to suffer traumatic brain injuries, amputations, and spinal cord damage. Such catastrophic injuries often require lifelong medical care.
The team at Wolf & Pravato is experienced with this area of law, which means an experienced construction accident attorney leads every construction accident claim we handle.
Exploring All Possible Causes of Injuries from a Fort Lauderdale Construction Accident
Our Fort Lauderdale construction accident attorney team should meet with you to as soon as possible after your injury to discuss your case in order to collect and preserve important evidence before it’s destroyed and to interview witnesses while their memories are fresh.
While you need to act quickly, it’s also important to exercise great care in choosing a construction accident lawyer. You’ll want to carefully ask questions of any construction accident attorney before you hire him or her to get an idea of:
- How they plan to approach your Fort Lauderdale construction accident claim;
- How they calculate the compensation needed to address all injuries from the construction accident – not just those that are readily apparent to the eye, such as broken bones; and
- If they will delve into issues of “manufacturer claims” – A serious injury case is often highly complex. There may be several liable parties, including other construction firms working the site, equipment manufacturers, utility companies, and tool manufacturers.
At Wolf & Pravato our Fort Lauderdale construction accident attorney team uses the best reconstruction experts and the top accident and defect engineers to truly understand the biomechanics of the accident, and to seek out the evidence that others may overlook.
After A Fort Lauderdale Construction Accident Our Lawyers Can Help
Our firm has decades of experience in Florida law, and is made up of team of highly skilled construction accident lawyers and a team of investigators, assistants, interpreters and administrative staff.
An aggressive Fort Lauderdale construction accident attorney at Wolf and Pravato can build a strong case to ensure you obtain rightful compensation for your losses. Injured workers may file for workers’ compensation benefits to compensate medical bills, current and future lost wages, and permanent disabilities that prevent them from returning to work. Surviving family members may be eligible for coverage as well.
If you have been involved in a Fort Lauderdale-area construction accident or if you need a construction accident attorney in Miami contact us immediately. We will answer all of your questions, explain your rights and help you to achieve justice. Justice is not automatic; we will fight for you. Wolf and Pravato are based in Fort Lauderdale, but are here to help victims and their families from Miami to Ft. Myers.