Construction workers face hazards on the job that may include dangerous chemicals, falling objects, electrocution and unsafe equipment. When injuries occur in Florida because of one’s job, an employee may be able to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
One should seek medical attention when an injury occurs after an accident before notifying an employer. A worker must file a claim about the injury and should keep a copy of the claim for their records.
Injuries caused by another party’s negligence can be different from other incidents, and a construction worker may have the option to file a personal injury claim if someone else is at fault for an accident. However, workers generally waive their rights to additional claims when accepting workers’ compensation. Furthermore, workers’ compensation regulations might protect co-workers from liability.
Workers’ compensation is available to workers regardless of fault, and many companies are require to purchase this type of insurance for employees. By contrast, during a personal injury claim, one files suit in civil court. Benefits for construction injury claims might include medical care, vocational rehabilitation or temporary or permanent disability while personal injury claims can also include damages for emotional pain and suffering.
After construction accidents occur, many families may have to make difficult choices. Some people choose to pursue a claim in civil court when the negligent actions of another party caused an accident because. However, while the amount one receives from an employer may not cover the full cost of one’s injuries, there is no guarantee of compensation when filing a personal injury claim. One may wish to consult an attorney when weighing options after suffering a work related injury.