Helping You after a Lawrenceville Construction-Related Injury
Individuals who work at construction jobs in and around Lawrenceville run a variety of risks within the scope of their employment. In fact, construction site jobs involve many risks, including dangerous and heavy machinery and the proximity of hazardous tools (such as large, high-powered drills), as well as the use of large vehicles and mobile construction pieces. Construction workers may have to work on ladders and scaffolding, and running the risk of falling from these high places and sustaining severe injuries.
If an accident at a construction site injured you or a person you love, several legal avenues of monetary recovery are open and available to you. If you received your injuries while you were on the job and while you were working within the scope of your employment with a construction company, you may be eligible to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits may be available to you regardless of who or what caused the accident and your resulting injuries.
Additionally, if an accident involving a piece of malfunctioning construction equipment injured you, you may file a legal claim against a careless, reckless, or negligent third party, such as an equipment manufacturer.
If you were in a construction accident, you are not alone. The experienced Lawrenceville personal injury lawyer at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm can assist you in making a claim for workers’ compensation benefits or filing a negligence claim against an at-fault party. We make it our top priority to help you obtain the maximum benefits and monetary compensation available to you in your case. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can assist you in pursuing fair and just monetary compensation for your construction accident injuries.
Common Injuries from Construction Accidents
Given the heavy machinery, equipment, scaffolding, and other potential dangers in and around construction sites, a construction worker can sustain serious and debilitating injuries. These injuries can lead to significant amounts of medical treatment, as well as the need for physical therapy, surgeries, or injections (such as for pain relief).
Some of the most common injuries that can result from construction accidents that occur in and around Lawrenceville include:
- Crush injuries – At construction sites that use heavy machinery, workers can sustain a crush injury if a large piece of equipment tips over and smashes an arm, leg, hand, foot, or another body part.
- Burn injuries – It is very common for construction workers to use caustic chemicals while working near electrical wiring. This creates the possibility of fires and explosions at construction sites, potentially inflicting terrible burn injuries to those workers nearby, or even causing. Electrical accidents can also result in severe burns.
- Fall injuries – Many construction workers have to work from ladders and scaffolding at high elevations, significantly increasing their chances of suffering a fall injury. When construction workers fall from heights, they can sustain fractures, broken bones, spinal cord and back injuries, and traumatic head and brain injuries.
- Electrical injuries – Many construction workers perform their duties around electrical wiring, especially if they are building homes or other structures designed to house people, and run the risk of receiving severe electrical injuries, including burns, cardiac damage, other internal injuries, or fatal electrocution.
Individuals who work at or near construction sites may have to operate large vehicles, including dump trucks, cement trucks, diggers, and other construction equipment pieces. Those workers run the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident in which they sustain a soft tissue injury, bone fracture, traumatic head injury, back injury, or something equally as serious. Accidents involving construction vehicles can occur when the construction vehicle operator collides with another vehicle or stationary object, or when the operator of another vehicle collides with the construction vehicle.
If a construction site accident has injured you or someone you care about, you may file a claim for workers’ compensation or file a lawsuit against one or more third parties, depending upon your circumstances. The experienced Lawrenceville construction accident attorneys at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm can help you decide on the best legal course of action for your particular case.
Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim after a Lawrenceville Construction Accident
Unfortunately, accidents on construction sites are not uncommon. If a construction site worker sustains an injury from an accident, they may be eligible to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits are available to injured workers without regard to fault. Consequently, the injured worker doesn’t need to prove that someone else caused the accident.
For an injured Lawrenceville construction worker to receive workers’ compensation benefits, the worker must show that, at the time of the accident, they were working on the job and within the scope of their employment. If the injured construction worker can demonstrate that this was the case, they may be eligible to pursue a variety of benefits. The injured worker may recover a portion of their lost wages, as well as the costs of all related medical expenses.
They may also recover benefits in instances when the worker sustained a permanent injury or disability. Moreover, if the injury was such that the construction worker had to switch professions because they can not perform the same type of work as before, vocational rehabilitation and training may be available to the injured worker as a workers’ compensation benefit.
An experienced Lawrenceville construction accident lawyer can help you pursue the workers’ compensation benefits that you need.
Filing an Insurance Claim or Lawsuit Against a Third Party
The Georgia workers’ compensation process generally covers injuries that a construction worker sustains while on the job and within the scope of their employment. However, there are some instances when the state of Georgia will deny a workers’ compensation claim. For example, the employer may argue that the injury did not occur while the individual was working within the scope of their employment. At other times, the employer may dispute the severity of the claimed injury or injuries. In cases such as this, there may be other avenues of recovering fair and just monetary compensation for injuries sustained on a construction site.
In addition to filing a claim for worker’s compensation benefits, a construction accident victim may also file a claim for negligence against a contractor, subcontractor, project manager, or some other individual who works at the construction site. These individuals owe a duty of care to their employees to ensure that all equipment at the construction site is properly maintained and safe to operate at all times. When construction sites and equipment are not properly maintained and accidents occur, the accident victim may file a negligence claim or lawsuit against the person or persons who are responsible, such as the contractor, subcontractor, developer, or project manager, among others.
Who is at fault for your Lawrenceville construction accident?
Specifically, the injured construction worker must demonstrate that the person in charge owed them a legal duty and violated that duty, either by failing to maintain construction site equipment in a proper manner or by failing to ensure the construction site was safe to operate, and that as a result, the worker suffered one or more personal injuries. Moreover, to recover fair and just monetary compensation, the accident must have caused injuries in some way.
In addition to negligent contractors, subcontractors, developers, and project managers, defective equipment on a construction site can also serve as the basis for a negligence lawsuit. In these instances, potential defendants may be manufacturers, designers, or distributors of defective construction machinery or machinery parts.
Manufacturers of construction equipment, for example, owe a duty to workers to ensure that all construction equipment has been adequately tested before being made available to sell to construction companies. Moreover, manufacturers have a duty to ensure that their equipment’s design makes it safe to use by construction workers. Finally, if there are dangerous aspects associated with using a particular piece of construction equipment, the product must include the necessary warnings located in an area where they can be easily seen and read by an equipment operator.
If the injured construction worker can demonstrate that the manufacturer, distributor, or some other individual in the chain of distribution was negligent in manufacturing, designing, or warning about the potential dangers, and an accident occurred that resulted in injuries, then the injured worker may file a claim or lawsuit against the manufacturer or distributor who was responsible.
How do you recover damages from your Lawrenceville construction accident?
The ultimate end goal of filing a third-party negligence claim or lawsuit is to pursue and hopefully recover some form of monetary compensation for the injuries that the construction worker sustained as a result of their accident. The amount and type of damages available to an injured construction worker typically depend upon the seriousness of the injury, the length and extent of the medical treatment, and the costs associated with the medical treatment that the accident victim had to endure. The more serious the construction worker’s injuries, in most cases, the higher the amount of the potential damages that are available to the injured construction worker.
Injured construction workers who prevail in third-party personal injury claims may recover monetary damages for all of the medical treatment, therapy, and procedures that they had to undergo. Moreover, if they had to miss time away from their work as a result of the injuries that they suffered in their construction accident, they may be eligible to pursue monetary compensation for those lost earnings. The same is true if the accident victim needed to miss time from work to attend medical appointments and physical therapy appointments. All of these out-of-pocket costs are called economic damages.
In addition to these potential economic damages, victims of construction accidents may file a claim for non-economic damages. These damages cover the costs associated with an accident victim’s emotional distress, mental anguish, pain and suffering, inconvenience, loss of use of a body part, loss of spousal support and companionship, and permanent disabilities. Moreover, if the construction worker dies as a result of their injuries, the surviving family members may pursue a wrongful death claim.
As part of a wrongful death claim, the surviving family members may seek monetary compensation for loss of the decedent’s future earnings (if the surviving family was dependent upon the deceased individual’s income), loss of future care and companionship, as well as the pain and suffering that the deceased individual experienced up until the time of their death.
The experienced team of Lawrenceville construction accident attorneys can help you decide on the type of claim that you may file. Our team can then assist you with pursuing maximum benefits if it is a workers’ compensation claim, or maximum damages if it is a third-party personal injury claim. It is crucial to be aware of the strict time limits apply in these types of cases. Therefore, seek out experienced legal representation as soon as you can.
Contact an Experienced Lawrenceville Construction Accident Lawyer About Your Legal Matter Today
The experienced and compassionate legal team at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm fully understands that construction accident injuries can be extremely serious and painful. Our knowledgeable legal team will work hard to put you in the best position to maximize your monetary compensation in the form of benefits or damages, depending upon your circumstances.
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