A fall from any height can result in an injury, but a fall from a height at a construction job in Florida can cause significant injuries. Determining who is at fault isn’t always easy, but a good workers’ compensation lawyer can help you to understand your claim, figure out who is at fault, and get you the compensation that you deserve.
Who Is at Fault If I Fall?
If you fall from a height, there are a large number of parties who could have been involved in the decisions that led to that injury. Some of the parties at fault could be:
- The Construction Site Owner who did not take care to ensure worksite conditions were safe, including checking that the land could handle the heavy machinery used at the site.
- Contractors (General, Prime, Sub-Contractors) all have a responsibility to ensure that all work done under their supervision is performed safely. They need to ensure that everything and everyone follows regulations.
- The Manufacturers of The Machinery, Equipment, and Tools all need to ensure that their gear meets safety standards. If a defect results in a fall from a height, the company may be at fault for the injury. If any machinery, equipment, or tools weren’t maintained properly, then it could be the employer who is at fault.
- The Design Professionals like Engineers and Architects are key members of the team and need to take safety into consideration. Parties need to ensure that their work meets certain standards of safety.
Sometimes, there may be multiple reasons why your injury occurred and there may be multiple parties held at fault for the injury.
If you’re unsure who is responsible for you or your loved ones injuries, contact WorkInjuryRights.Com™ today for a free consultation!
Why Employers May Be at Fault If You Fall From a Height at Your Construction Job
Most of the falls from a height at a construction job result from working on a ladder, crane, or roof. It can result in significant damage and even short falls can cause lifelong pain. These types of falls are the leading causes of Workers’ Compensation claims, and therefore, there are strict guidelines for construction companies to adhere to. Most employers will take preventative measures, but many will still cut corners. Some of the most common issues are:
- They failed to inspect equipment before it was used.
- They didn’t fit harnesses to the individual.
- Weight limit guidelines weren’t followed.
- There was no debris protection.
- Scaffolding wasn’t used properly.
- Workers were allowed to stand on scaffolding guardrails.
What Am I Entitled to If I Fall from a Height at Work?
If you were injured in a fall from heights at work, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits, no matter how long you worked at that particular job. You need to immediately report your accident and seek help – even if you don’t think your injury is serious. Having a paper trail of your injury is important.
If you are unable to work, you can receive Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits or Temporary Partial Disability (TPD), depending on how much you were working. If you have a permanent disability, you can receive Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefits to compensate for your disability. There are also death benefits if someone’s loved one was killed in a fall from a height at a construction job.
No matter what the situation is surrounding the fall, it is important that you contact an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer to help you through the legal process and get you the compensation you deserve. At Work Injury Rights, our experienced lawyers will be able to look at your case and determine what your best next steps are, help you to determine fault, and aid in getting you the compensation you deserve for your injury.
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