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Subcontractor’s Rights for Filing a Personal Injury Claim

Posted on April 20, 2021

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were over 2.8 million non-fatal private workplace injuries and illnesses in 2019. [1]  Construction, a traditionally strong industry in the state of Florida, accounted for fifteen percent of these accidents.

Construction sites are known for containing numerous potential hazards, but many subcontractor jobs contain some elements of danger.  Slip and fall accidents, burns, trip and fall accidents, falling objects, and scaffolding or equipment-related accidents are common. 

In addition, vehicle accidents can occur on the job when subcontractors are driving between work sites or supplier locations.

Whether you work as a subcontractor in construction, transportation, agriculture, or manufacturing, if you were injured on the job in the state of Florida, you have the right to file a legal claim for your injury for up to two years from the date of injury.  However, the injury must have been reported to the Florida Division of Worker’s Compensation within 30 days from the day you became aware of the injury.  If the injury was not reported properly, there is a low probability that you will be able to recover any compensation for damages caused by the injury. 

Since Florida law requires construction contractors and sub-contractor to carry worker’s compensation coverage, employees of subcontractors or contractors have access to Worker’s Compensation. 

In the event that the subcontractor you work for does not have coverage (even though it is required by law), the contractor that your subcontractor is working for will become the responsible party.  The process can become complex and if you need help navigating it, we can help.

If you were injured, please make sure to report your injury to management within 30 days so that you will be eligible to pursue medical care compensation which may include medical tests, physician visits, medication, hospital stays, and physical therapy as well as lost wage compensation through Florida’s Workers Compensation.  

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[1] https://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/osh_11042020.htm

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