A Sept. 17 construction accident involving a dump truck sent a worker to the hospital. He was working at a paving job on the Florida Turnpike around 2:00 a.m. when this accident occurred.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the worker was near the northbound Boynton Beach Boulevard exit. The driver was unable to see the worker when the truck backed up, resulting in the man being run over by the vehicle. The victim suffered lower body injuries and was flown to a local hospital. He was in critical condition and expected to survive.
A construction site accident that results in serious injuries has may cause missed work time, as well as financial hardship for any dependents. In some cases, injured workers may be eligible for compensation for missed work, medical expenses and pain and suffering. Cases such as the one involving the worker run over by a truck are examples of accidents that might involve a longer recovery period due to the lower body injuries. The injuries suffered because of an accident with a vehicle or piece of heavy equipment often require surgery, and possibly physical therapy.
Construction accidents are often the result of unavoidable circumstances but may be the result of negligence on the part of others. Examples include truck drivers who are distracted and not watching for other workers in the road or insufficient lighting and reflective equipment being available. When there is a possibility of negligence, taking legal action may be a way to ensure that proper compensation is available. Seeking legal advice from an attorney who has experience in aggressively pursuing available remedies may alleviate some of the burdens of the accident.
Source: WPTV, “Construction worker hurt on Florida Turnpike in Palm Beach County“, Chris Stewart, September 17, 2014