As highly qualified construction accident attorneys, the lawyers at our Melbourne, Titusville, and Cocoa law offices have successfully represented victims throughout Central Florida who have been injured on construction sites. Construction accidents include any accident that could have been prevented if proper safety precautions had been taken by a contractor, including falls, exposure to toxic chemicals, and equipment errors. Construction accident victims can range from workers to people who simply happen to be on or near the construction site at the moment of the accident and suffer personal injury or wrongful death because of it. While injured employees can seek compensation from their employer via a workers’ compensation claim, innocent bystanders are able to pursue financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
Types of Construction Accidents
There are four basic types of construction accidents: falls, electrical accidents, gas explosions, and toxic chemical exposure. Accidents may also be caused by defective machinery, tools, vehicles, and other construction equipment, in which case a product liability lawsuit may be filed.
Falls can occur anywhere on a construction site where dangerous conditions compromise the balance and safety of workers or bystanders. Causes of such accidents range from unsafe ladders or scaffolding to the failure to remove tools and other debris from travel-ways and other workflow areas. If you have been injured by a fall due to the negligence of a contractor on a construction site, contact the qualified construction accident lawyers at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., in Melbourne, Titusville, and Cocoa.
Electrical accidents can occur anywhere on the work site and are often caused by old or poor wiring, inflammable materials near the electrical wiring, or the absence of safety devices such as ground fault circuit interrupters and three-pronged electrical outlets.
There are three types of electrical accidents:
- Electric shock to an extremity—finger, hand, or arm—that crosses a current.
- Electrical burn stemming from a severe electric shock that burns through the superficial muscle and tissue and into the bones and surrounding deep tissue.
- Electrical fires occurring when flammable materials catch fire due to exposure to the electrical current.
Gas—gasoline, propane, and natural gas—is present on construction work sites in vehicles, construction equipment, generators, and even the work site itself. As with all hazardous materials, gas should always be handled with care according to proper safety guidelines issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the contractor, or the manufacturer. Improper handling of gasoline can cause dangerous, and often deadly, gas explosions and fires. In some cases, gas fires and explosions occur due to defective products.
Toxic Chemical Exposure
Construction sites can expose workers and bystanders to toxic chemicals including silica, benzene, lead, and vinyl chloride. These chemicals are known to cause severe permanent damage to vital organs of the body, including the brain, kidneys, reproductive system, and lungs. If you have sustained injuries due to exposure to toxic chemicals on a construction site, the experienced construction accident attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., serving Central Florida, can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Qualified Construction Accident Attorneys in Central Florida
Our construction accident lawyers serve Melbourne and other Central Florida victims with exceptional representation in cases involving contractor or employee negligence on a construction site. Contact Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., to schedule a review of your construction accident case by one of our premier attorneys.