If you suffered injuries in a construction accident in West Palm Beach, the team at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can help you understand your right to compensation. If you were on the clock at the time of the accident, you likely qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, but you could also be eligible to pursue additional compensation.
When you trust our team with your case, you will meet with one of our partners directly. We can help you navigate the workers’ compensation claims process, fight any denials, and evaluate your options for recovering compensation through a third-party civil claim.
Our case reviews are always free, and we do not get paid unless you do. Learn more about what a West Palm Beach construction accident lawyer can do for you by calling 561-899-5020 today.
West Palm Beach Construction Accidents Occur All Too Often
Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the United States. Still, with the right precautions, many accidents are preventable. Some of the most common reasons construction accident occur include:
- Unsafe working conditions
- Unsafe premises
- Poor or incomplete training
- Missing safety equipment
- Manufacturing defects
These factors lead to accidents and injuries, which vary in severity from mild to very serious and life-threatening. Some of the most common ways injuries occur on a construction site include:
- Slips or trips, resulting in falls
- Falls from an elevated height
- Struck by falling debris or dropped materials
- Overexertion and muscle strain injuries
- Caught in or between heavy materials or machinery
- Forklifts and heavy machinery accidents
- Burns from electricity, chemicals, or fire
- Trench collapses
If you work on a construction site, always follow all recommended safety protocols and ensure you have all the necessary safety equipment. This could help save your life, limit the injuries you suffer, or prevent an accident from happening in the first place.
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You Have Access to Workers’ Compensation Coverage After a Florida Construction Accident
As long as you were on the clock at the time your construction accident occurred, you should qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Florida law requires all employers to offer every worker access to some type of workers’ compensation insurance coverage from their first day on the job. Workers’ compensation coverage kicks in when a worker gets hurt on a job site, regardless of fault.
Workers’ compensation coverage provides several types of benefits, including:
- Medical treatment costs and related expenses;
- About two-thirds of your usual paycheck, up to a set limit; and
- Funeral and burial costs if the worker dies from their injuries
Filing for workers’ compensation should be straightforward, but sometimes it becomes more complicated than it has to be. If they deny your claim or you run into other problems, Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can help.
We will also review your case and the circumstances surrounding your accident and injuries to determine if you are eligible to pursue additional compensation. In some cases, injured construction workers can take legal action against a liable third party who contributed to or caused the accident on the construction site. This could include:
- The property owner;
- A general contractor;
- An equipment manufacturer; or
- A worker for another contractor or company.
Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers Are Ready to Go to Work on Your West Palm Beach Construction Accident Case
The attorneys from Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can go to work on your case, helping you navigate the workers’ compensation claims process. We will also review your case and help you understand if you qualify to take civil action. We can identify any potentially liable third parties. Then we will launch an investigation and collect evidence to prove they acted negligently and caused your accident and injuries.
At Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers, you will always work with our partners directly. We can help you pursue the compensation you deserve, both through workers’ compensation and through a third-party civil case when possible. Call us today at 561-899-5020 to get started.
Recoverable Damages in a West Palm Beach Construction Accident Lawsuit
While workers’ compensation is a much-needed benefit for workers who do not qualify to pursue additional damages, it does not come close to fully compensating you for your accident-related expenses and losses. You can only collect about two-thirds of your lost wages, and there is no way to recover pain and suffering losses. The damages available through a third-party civil suit are much more expansive. They often include:
- Ongoing and future care costs
- Lost wages not covered by workers’ compensation
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
A West Palm Beach construction accident lawyer can review your case and help determine if you can pursue compensation for these and other damages.
Florida Has Tight Time Limits on How Long We Can Wait to Act
Florida law limits how long we can take to file a third-party negligence suit, and the Florida workers’ compensation law only gives us two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. This means we need to get to work on your case as soon as possible. Reach out to us in the first days and weeks following your workplace injury so we can get started.
When you trust our partners to handle your West Palm Beach construction accident case, we will meet all applicable deadlines and protect your right to take legal action. Call the team at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers today at 561-899-5020 for your no-cost consultation.