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Legal help is key after Florida construction accidents

People who work in construction in Florida and across the nation will take great pride in their work. Creating something from nothing is certainly something to be proud about. However, there are inherent dangers for construction workers and any site - no matter how conscientious the planners and workers are - can lead to injuries and death. Heavy machinery, working at great heights, trusting others, sometimes working with explosive materials - all can place people in jeopardy. When there is an accident with serious injuries or a wrongful death, it is vital that the injured person and his or her loved ones understand the importance of a legal filing to be compensated.

While construction workers will have the right to get workers' compensation benefits, there are limits to what can be received. If, for example, a worker suffers brain injuries or spinal cord injuries, the combination of lack of work with medical expenses and long-term care can be financially catastrophic. When the injuries happened at work, it is wise to consider a lawsuit to get compensation to cover for all the needs that the injured person has.

Construction workers who are on a scaffolding can fall a large distance or it can collapse. Those climbing ladders can also experience a fall. Forklifts can drop heavy items on an unsuspecting worker. A crane might collapse. Electricity could cause a worker to be electrocuted. Flooring can fail, walls can cave in, vehicles can hit workers, there can be trips, falls and slips. Any of these problems can cause major damage and even death. Having the option to file a legal claim is essential to moving forward.

Workers who are hurt on a construction site should be aware of their right to workers' compensation and to file a lawsuit to cover that with the workers' comp does not. With medical expenses, lost time at work, surgical procedures and perhaps long-term damage for those who survive, a legal case can be a life-saver. If there was a fatality, the family left behind should also understand their right to be compensated in a personal injury lawsuit. Calling a lawyer is the first step to take.

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