A construction worker suffered severe electrical burns the morning of Tuesday, January 9 while working at a jobsite at Village on the Isle.
According to the city of Venice and the Venice Fire Department, which responded to the accident, first responders arrived to the site at approximately 11 a.m. to discover a 56-year-old man on the ground with severe electrical burns. Others at the site told investigators the man had been working on some equipment in the electrical room when the accident occurred. The force of the electrical reaction reportedly threw him across the room.
The victim was conscious and somewhat alert when responders arrived, and he was immediately flown via helicopter to the Blake Medical Center trauma facility in Bradenton for emergency treatment.
Who is liable when a construction accident occurs?
Liability in a construction accident can vary depending on the circumstances. In some cases, no one person is to blame, and thus injured parties would seek workers’ compensation benefits. In other situations, the accident could have been caused by the negligence of another person or entity. When this is the case, a personal injury claim may be more appropriate.
For example, if a worker is injured while using a piece of equipment at a construction site, there are several possibilities when it comes to liability. If the employer was in charge of properly maintaining that piece of equipment and failed to do so, the company could be considered liable if poor maintenance contributed to the accident. If there was a defect in the equipment that made it inherently unsafe to use, the manufacturer or designer of that equipment could be at fault.
For more information on liability related to construction accidents, meet with a knowledgeable Florida personal injury lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.