• Adrian Middleton

How An Attorney Can Assist You with Stop Work Order Issues in Florida

The Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation can conduct inspections that can have two outcomes. It can be determined that the construction site is in full compliance of all laws and regulations, so that a stop work order will not be issued. This will be a relief if you’re a building contractor who oversees a large construction project. The second outcome is the one you don’t want. Your building site will be issued a stop work order until the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation can determine what your fine will be.

A stop work order means that all work on your site should cease. If you don’t, you can incur additional penalties which can add up on a day-by-basis. In some instances, it’s not safe to stop work, despite you wishing to comply. You may need to complete an intricate part of the building process. For instance, perhaps you’re working with a City to connect plumbing or electrical to city lines. You just need that one extra day. But then, Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation finds out, so you’re issued that extra fine.

There may be many different fines for certain issues. This can add up considerably, which can cost your construction project a lot of money. So, what do you do when you find that costs are escalating?

While many large construction companies have company lawyers, if you’re a small business, you may find that a stop work order can involve a long and confusing process, which can be expensive for your bottom line. If you’re a small construction contractor, there can be additional concerns, as you could be put out of business if you’re not prepared.

Your first step should be to consult with a fully qualified attorney who specializes in stop work order Florida fines. They will answer your questions and provide the assistance you need. If your construction company and building site are in Florida, ensure you hire an attorney in the state of Florida.

It can be a long and tedious process, and chances are you don’t have the knowledge or the time to deal with paperwork and the back-and-forth that can occur.

An attorney will provide you three main types of assistance, so you can get your employees back to work, and get resume your construction project.

1. Be a liaison with the Florida State Investigator. The first goal is to get your work order lifted.

2. Sort through documentation. There can be a lot of documentation that the Florida Investigator maybe asking for. Some, you may be uncertain about.

3. Save your project money. We know that Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation can assess much higher penalties than required. Often they simply don’t do the work and take the easy way out. A good team of attorneys can review paperwork and ensure that if you are owing fines or penalties, that you only pay a fair amount. We work with the State to help reduce the amount of these penalties.

Have you been presented with a stop work order Florida notice or a fine? Please contact our attorneys today to find out how we can protect your rights.

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