Construction sites are among the most hazardous places to work. Construction industry workers suffered the highest number of fatalities on the job in Florida, accounting for 91 percent of those killed in a single recent year, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Extreme dangers are preccent when work is done at great heights, next to a busy roadway, down in trenches, and with toxic materials, poisonous chemicals, and live electricity.
Workers who are hurt in Florida construction-related accidents have the ability to sue. However, most instances are filed as third-party claims rather than direct lawsuits against a company. Because of F.S. 440.11, which states that workers’ compensation insurance is the only form of coverage available for workplace injuries incurred by employees, most cases are handled as third party claims rather than direct lawsuits against an employer. There are several exceptions and (much more frequently) situations where other parties may be accountable.