The 'On-The-Job' Injury Attorney

Clearwater Construction Worker Injury Lawyer

Clearwater has grown a lot in the past decade, which means more housing, office towers, hospitals and entertainment venues need to be built to keep up with the growth. The problem, if you are a construction worker, is that the profession ranks as the most dangerous in the U.S. If you are injured on a construction site, it is often catastrophic and can sometimes be deadly.

Recovering from catastrophic injuries is long and puts a strain on families emotionally, physically, and financially. Fortunately, under Florida law, if your employer pays at least one employee, you are covered under their workers’ compensation insurance. However, you must follow some crucial steps to get your benefits. This is where Clearwater construction worker injury lawyer Kevin A. Moore can step in to help. Reach out to his office today to begin discussing your options and next steps with a trusted advocate.

Injuries On A Construction Job Site

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the number one cause of construction worker injuries is falling. Clearwater has been building high since 1988’s SunTrust Center, now 200 South Orange, 32 stories that rocket to 441 feet. Falling from any story would result in traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, damaged organs, and broken bones.

Construction workers are also commonly injured by chemical burns, electric shock and heavy equipment. After a Clearwater construction worker is injured, attorney Kevin A. Moore can help you apply for workers’ compensation benefits to pay for medical care and replace some wages while they recover.

Filing A Workers’ Compensation Claim

To be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in Florida, your doctor must approve you as unable to work for at least seven days. As soon as possible after a construction site injury, you must notify your employer about it. In Florida, you have 30 days from the accident date to notify them, but there are further steps that must be taken and the sooner your employer knows what happened, the sooner they can do their part to get you your benefits.

Your employer is supposed to notify the workers’ compensation insurance carrier about your claim. Some employers drag their feet, fearing their premiums will go up. If your employer fails to notify the insurer, a Clearwater workers’ compensation attorney can do it for you.

Are Subcontractors Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?

According to Florida Statutes § 440.10, in general, any subcontractor being paid by a contractor, any independent contractor, or partner or sole proprietor of a construction company must be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Contractors who fail to confirm that subcontractors and their employees are insured can be penalized under Fla. Stat. § 440.10(1)(b) and Rule 69L-6.032 of the Florida Administrative Code.

Benefits For Injured Construction Workers

Florida workers’ compensation benefits address several needs an injured construction worker will have, including death benefits for a worker’s family if the accident is fatal. Other benefits include:

  • Medical care, including hospitalizations and follow-up care, related prescriptions, lab tests, and mileage to and from treatments
  • Employees who will eventually recover but are unable to work after the accident can receive temporary disability payments that are two-thirds of their wages
  • If a construction worker will not fully recover and can no longer work construction, permanent disability payments are available
  • Permanently disabled workers may be eligible for supplemental job displacement vouchers for retraining

Clearwater construction worker attorney Kevin A. Moore understands what benefits you can claim and how to apply for them. While you are recuperating, let him get to work for you.

Let The Clearwater Construction Worker Injury Attorney Work For You

Construction accidents are almost always severe and sometimes deadly. Florida laws provide some relief to injured workers through the workers’ compensation system, which almost all employers are required to participate in. Your medical bills and partial wages are paid while you recover, and you may be entitled to permanent disability if you qualify.

You have 30 days to notify your employer and start the ball rolling toward benefits. Programs administered by the government and insurers may be overwhelming when you are injured and in pain. You focus on healing, and the Clearwater construction worker injury lawyer will focus on getting your workers’ compensation benefits paid. Call The Law Firm of Kevin A. Moore today to begin working directly with attorney Moore.