At a construction site, safety should always be the number one priority. When that priority is overlooked, there can be devastating consequences. When someone gets hurt at a construction site, there are many different life-altering injuries that can happen that require immediate medical attention. If you are lucky enough to survive an accident at a construction site, there are probably a lot of medical bills headed your way. You may not be able to enjoy life like you used to, and you may not be able to return to work. In fact, you may never be able to work at a construction site again. All of these factors are taken into consideration when pursuing compensation. If you have been seriously hurt at a construction site, please call our Georgia construction accident lawyers today to set up your free initial consultation.
How Compensation Works for a Georgia Workers’ Compensation Case
According to the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, there are hundreds of thousands of accidents that occur on construction sites every year that cause injury. It is not always workers on the construction site who are included in these numbers; sometimes there are others around the site that get injured. It could be a pedestrian walking by or even a kid playing nearby. Sometimes, if there are harmful chemicals involved, people can get injured from toxic materials getting into the water or the air surrounding their homes. In Georgia, if you were a worker injured on a construction site, you can be covered by workers’ compensation insurance and would receive compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and any other related expense connected to your construction accident. However, there are cases where this workers’ compensation (which is required by law for employers to have) will not cover enough of your damages. There are even instances in which you will have your claim denied by the insurance. In some cases, you can bring your claim against a third party. That may be a contractor or sub-contractor, tool or machinery manufacturer, or other entities. If there is proof that shows that they are responsible for your injuries, they can be held liable to compensation for your damages.
Most Common Types of Construction Accident Cases
When we see injuries in workers or passerby with construction sites, there are several different types of accidents that typically cause harm:
- Excavation Accidents: Sometimes, when there are dug out areas underground or even under sidewalks, they can collapse which could cause serious injury or fatality to both workers in the excavation site or pedestrians on the street above which can be extremely devastating.
- Materials Falling: Any construction material including building material, tools, and equipment can fall from heights at any time. This particularly is a danger when there is scaffolding happening. When these accidents happen, the falling objects can crush anyone below or cause severe harm.
- Failure of Equipment or Machinery: These cases are particularly unpredictable and come with no real warning. Sometimes there can be a malfunction of a forklift, a power tool, drills, and more. These accidents tend to be even worse when the machinery that malfunctions or fails is large or heavy.
- Scaffolding Accidents: Both scaffolding and other kinds of structures can fail and cause serious damage and injury. If things are not installed correctly, it can be disastrous.
Call Our Georgia Construction Accident Lawyers Today
Whether it is the construction company or a third party who is responsible for your injuries and damages, they had a duty to keep you safe. When those parties are negligent and careless and cause you injuries, they owe you full and fair compensation. They are supposed to minimize the injuries that happen on a construction site. Unfortunately when deadlines are pushed and budgets are tight, things can be overlooked.
If you have been seriously injured in a construction accident, please do not hesitate to call our office for a free initial consultation. We have represented countless individuals who have been injured on construction sites. Your case will be a top priority for us, and we want you to know that you are going to be supported through this every step of the way. We are sorry that you have to go through this. We will do everything in our power to get you the best possible result for your injuries.