Work Accidents Caused by Third Parties
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What is a third-party workplace accident?
If you're injured at work, you usually pursue a workers' compensation claim to obtain benefits from your employers. But there are cases where someone is injured at work and can bring a lawsuit separate from the workers' comp claim. These are accidents involving third-parties, also known as third-party claims. A third-party might be someone who works for a company other than your employer. Such accidents often occur at construction sites, where several different contractors and subcontractors often work at the same site. A construction worker may be injured on defective scaffolding and bring a lawsuit against the company that made the scaffolding.
But even in an office, you might have a right to file a third-party claim. For example, you might fall because a cleaning company left a wet floor and failed to put up signs warning about the hazard.
Trying to obtain compensation for a third-party workplace accident in Florida can sometimes be very complicated. That's why it's critical you contact us as soon as possible after you accident. We can walk you through the legal process step by step and fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Don't wait to take action after such a serious accident. A delay could affect your ability to be fairly compensated. In most cases, a time limit known as the "statute of limitations" exists in order to take legal action. If the statute of limitations expires on your case, you might not be able to get the money you deserve for your third-party workplace injury.
A closer look at third-party workplace accident claims
Workplace accidents caused by someone that works for another company or by another entity cover a wide range. The following are a few scenarios that might lead to a lawsuit against a third party:
- Car or truck accidents caused by another driver while you're working
- Slip and fall accidents at work due to someone working for another company
- Exposure to chemicals or other hazardous materials used by other companies
If you were injured on a construction site or somewhere else or a loved one died due to third-party negligence, you may need to file a lawsuit against that individual or entity. Successfully filing a lawsuit can be extremely complicated. That's why it's important that you have an experienced attorney on your side.
Make your case count. Contact Seminole County Attorney Scott M. Miller.
Every workplace accident involving third party negligence is unique. That's why we take the time to learn about the details of your accident. That's why we want to meet with you and discuss your case. Contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can meet with you at our office, in your home or wherever's convenient for you.
Call (866) MILLER-5 or (407) 869-9996 and schedule a free consultation. Best of all, there's no fees or costs if no recovery. If you don't win, you don't pay a dime. That's because we work on a contingency fee basis.
Construction and Industrial Accidents
Industrial and construction accidents in Florida often result in serious workplace injuries. Such accidents are also often among the most complicated cases we handle at the Law Office of Scott M. Miller. If you sustain an injury at a construction site caused by someone working for another company, contact us as soon as possible.
While you may be entitled to workers' compensation, you also may need to bring a claim against a third party. Keep in mind that Florida law generally bars workers injured on the job from collecting workers' comp and suing their employer, except in rare cases. If you bring a third-party claim, however, you can sue the individual or entity that is separate from your employer.
These can become complex cases. The individual or company that caused your injury might deny any wrongdoing or try to shift the blame to you. If you are facing this type of situation, you should get in touch with an attorney immediately.
What are the top 5 most dangerous construction jobs?
Certain construction jobs are more dangerous than others. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top five deadliest construction jobs nationwide in 2013 were:
- Construction laborers - 95 fatalities
- First-line supervisors/managers - 48 fatalities
- Roofers - 39 fatalities
- Carpenters - 26 fatalities
- Electricians - 26 fatalities
What are common causes of construction accidents?
In the construction industry, the most common causes of construction accidents are known as the "fatal four." These four causes are consistently the most common reasons why people get injured or killed on construction sites year after year.
In 2013, according to the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the statistics for the fatal four constructions nationwide were:
- Falls from a height - 294 deaths
- Struck by object - 82 deaths
- Electrocutions - 71 deaths
- Caught in/between - 21 deaths
Don't take chances with your future after your construction accident. Take action. Contact us and discover what an experienced, aggressive construction accident attorney can do for you.