A worker sustained serious injuries while working on the second floor of the construction site for the new Sarasota Memorial Hospital on Laurel Road, located near Interstate 75. A city spokesperson said responders had to use a ladder truck to bring the worker down to safety.
The Venice Fire Department responded to the emergency call at 9:17 a.m. The worker was transported by helicopter to the main Sarasota Memorial Hospital campus to be treated for his injury, a severe cut on his leg that he sustained while using a circular saw.
The worker was in his 20s and was reported to be doing well, all things considered. He remained at the hospital for evaluation.
The new hospital is expected to open in 2021, with a 110-bed capacity plus 28 emergency room beds and eight surgical suites.
Your options after a workplace accident
If you’ve been injured in an accident while at work, you have a couple options to seek compensation depending on the circumstances of the accident: you can file a worker’s compensation claim, or a personal injury claim.
Personal injury claims are only reserved for situations in which the accident resulting in the injury was caused by another person’s alleged negligence. These are claims designed to hold the responsible party liable for the act.
Workers’ compensation claims, meanwhile, are applicable for situations in which there is no negligence that factors into the accident. The worker themselves could have been fully responsible—they are still entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim.
For more information about the best strategies to employ if you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernadnez & Walsh.