The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) estimates Georgia’s construction industry nears the top of the list for workplace fatalities, accounting for almost 20 percent of the state’s total each year. Visitors to construction sites also face the risk of injury in a construction accident. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) reports four types of construction site accidents constitute 60 percent of all workplace injuries: falls, getting struck by an object, electrocution fatal, and getting stuck in between machinery or a building.
Employees and visitors who suffer injuries in a construction accident might be able to recover losses related to their injuries. If you lost a loved one in a construction accident, you might also be able to recover damages depending on your relationship with the deceased. Contact the skilled Atlanta construction accident attorneys at Brauns Law at (404) 418-8244 for a free consultation to determine the best course of action for you after your construction accident.
About Brauns Law
The personal injury lawyers at Brauns Law have extensive experience negotiating, settling, and litigating personal injury claims which have resulted from a wide variety of accidents, including construction accidents. The firm’s dedication to exceptional and personalized service has led to the recovery of millions of dollars in damages for their clients.
These results only serve as examples; we cannot guarantee an outcome for your case. Our committed lawyers will aggressively pursue the best outcome for your individual circumstances. We understand the challenges you face in the aftermath of a severe or catastrophic injury and we are here to help you hold those who caused you harm accountable.
Types of Construction Accident Injuries
Severe injuries often cause financial stress and require extensive recovery, causing injured persons to miss a great deal of work. These cases require the expertise and finesse of a skilled personal injury attorney who understands Georgia’s workers’ compensation guidelines and laws about accidents on another party’s property. Types of construction accident injuries which might give rise to a workers’ comp claim/and or a personal injury lawsuit include:
- Multiple fractures and crushed limbs or bones requiring multiple corrective surgeries
- Head traumas, especially those resulting in a traumatic brain injury
- Back injuries including herniated and fractured discs
- Spinal cord injuries which might cause full or partial paralysis
- Permanent vegetative state (PVS)
- Electrocution injuries such as burns and organ damage
- Chemical burns and toxic substance exposure causing lifelong complications
On-the-job Construction Accident Injuries in Georgia
If you have suffered injuries from a construction accident while you were working, you first step to recoup any losses includes filing a workers’ compensation claim under your employee’s policy. This is the reason your employer pays for workers’ comp insurance. If the company approves your claim, you will receive benefits which typically include costs of treatment which are medically necessary and about two-thirds of your average weekly pay for a period of time.
When severe and catastrophic accidents occur, workers’ comp benefits don’t cover all losses, sometimes financially devastating families. Your attorney can guide you through the claims process, and advise you on when and how to seek additional compensation. Keep in mind, workers’ compensation insurance prevents you from suing your employer. Yet, some situations do exist when a lawsuit might be the right choice. Examples include:
- Your employer has failed to purchase mandatory workers’ comp insurance.
- Your employer retaliates or threatens to retaliate against you when you file a claim.
- The insurance company has denied your claim or isn’t taking action on your claim.
Liability in Georgia Construction Accidents
When a construction accident occurs and the victim is not an employee, several different parties might be wholly or partially liable. Additionally, an injured employee might make a third-party claim when a construction site isn’t owned by his or her employer. Liable parties which might be named in a construction accident lawsuit include:
- Property/land owners have a legal obligation to maintain a safe environment for those who visit. They must warn visitors of hazards which they know about, or should know about. When trespassers have a construction accident, owners are not liable unless the trespasser is a child. Owners must protect children from hazards, and construction sites have all kinds of things which attract children. Examples include machinery and piles of dirt, sand, and lumber. These “attractive nuisances” can lead to severe injuries, which might result in a Georgia court holding a landowner liable for a child trespasser’s injury.
- Heavy equipment manufacturers can be liable if defective machinery causes a construction accident. In fact, any party in the chain of distribution can be liable, including distributors, and retailers.
- Chemical manufacturers might be liable for a construction accident if their products cause burns or illness from exposure. In this situation, a company, wholesaler, and retailer might also be liable.
- Real estate/property developers who do not own the land where a construction accident occurs, might also share liability for a construction accident injury.
Contact a Qualified Atlanta Construction Accident Lawyer Today
Construction accidents can be life-changing events which cause severe physical and emotional pain as well as financial burdens. If you suffered injuries in a construction accident because of another party’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated for losses related to the accident and injury. Let a skilled Atlanta construction accident attorney investigate your accident and build a strong case against the defense while you focus on rehabilitation.
If you live in the Greater Atlanta area contact Brauns Law at (404) 418-8244 for a free consultation to discuss your case. We understand physical and financial limitations might prevent you from traveling to us, so we will gladly meet with you in the hospital or at your home.