Fort Lauderdale Demolition Accident Lawyer
While most construction-related jobs are risky for employees, those involving demolition are especially dangerous. While Florida’s workers’ compensation program may be a comfort to some employees who work in this industry, the reality is that these claims are not always approved, even when valid. For help ensuring that your own demolition accident claim has the best possible chance of success, please contact a Fort Lauderdale demolition accident lawyer today.
Common Demolition Site Accidents
Demolition is a dangerous undertaking, as it involves the use of heavy equipment and explosives to bring down large structures. As a result, there are a variety of ways that employees can injure themselves while working on a demolition site, including as a result of:
- The premature detonation or improper use of explosives;
- The premature or uncontrolled collapse of structural areas like load-bearing walls, ceilings, and roofs;
- Falling from scaffolding, ladders, and other heights;
- Being struck by falling objects or debris;
- Becoming trapped under collapsing elevated work platforms;
- Equipment failure;
- Exposure to toxic gases and chemicals; and
- Electrocution from contact with live wires.
These accidents almost always result in serious injuries, including broken and crushed bones, internal injuries, burns, and traumatic brain injuries, which are not only painful, but also extremely expensive to treat. Fortunately, it is possible for those whose injuries were sustained in a demolition accident, to recover reimbursement for these losses from their employer’s workers’ compensation insurer.
Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
In Florida, most employers are required to obtain workers’ compensation insurance, which means that the majority of injured employees qualify for reimbursement for their medical bills, including the cost of:
- Doctor’s visits;
- Medical tests;
- Prescription drugs;
- Physical therapy;
- Prostheses; and
- Attendant care.
Furthermore, employees who are unable to work due to the severity of their injuries are entitled to monetary compensation for their lost wages. The amount and duration of these payments, however, will depend on the severity of the injury in question, as well as the types of job duties for which a person is responsible. Generally, an injured party can expect to collect a check totaling two-thirds of his or her average weekly wage, although in some cases, this number could be increased to 80 percent.
These payments will usually continue until a person is able to return to work or he or she is deemed to have reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI). In the event that a person’s injuries are so severe that he or she cannot ever work again, which is, unfortunately, relatively common when it comes to demolition accidents, the injured party could be entitled to permanent total disability benefits.
Recovering Workers’ Compensation for Demolition Accident Injuries
If you were injured in a demolition accident and are struggling to pay your medical bills and household expenses, please call us at The Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld, P.A. for help seeking compensation for these costs. We can be reached at our Fort Lauderdale office at 954-807-1334 or via online message. Initial consultations are offered free of charge, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us today.