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Construction sites are a leading cause of work-related injury accidents. In fact, one in five worker fatalities that took place in 2017 was in the field of construction, as reported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The damage caused in negligent construction site accidents is often severe and life-threatening injuries, such as head injuries and spinal cord injuries are a common result. Losing the ability to work can not only affect you but your entire family. If you have been injured on the job, speak with Christopher Simon, a renowned Atlanta construction accident lawyer. We will schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and advise you of your legal rights to compensation.
The leading causes of fatal accidents on construction sites are known as the “Fatal Four.” They include: Falls (39.2%), Struck by Object (8.2%), Electrocutions (7.3%), and Caught-in/between (5.1%). OSHA reports that altogether, these Fatal Four were responsible for over half of worker fatalities in 2017.
Other common injury-inducing accidents are:
A trench collapsing can cause suffocation and possibly crushing injuries.
Failing to use proper safety equipment and gear puts employees in danger.
Muscles and soft tissues can become damaged over time due to repetitive motions.
Construction accidents are often more devastating than other on-the-job accidents. Potential injuries can range anywhere from a brain injury or loss of limbs to paralysis or wrongful death.
In Georgia, most construction employees are covered by workers’ compensation insurance when injured on the job. Workers’ compensation will pay for medical bills, lost wages, and other costs related to the accident. However, valid workers’ compensation claims can be denied or the coverage provided may not be substantial enough to cover your losses. With the help of an Atlanta accident attorney, it may be possible to turn the situation around and receive the benefits you deserve.
In addition, when a third party may be liable for a construction injury or death, such as a coworker, a contractor, a sub-contractor, or an equipment or tool manufacturer, there are other available options. They involve pursuing either a wrongful death claim in Atlanta. Possible damages you may seek in these claims include present and future medical costs, present and future lost wages, pain, and suffering, and when applicable, funeral and burial expenses.
In most cases, your right to pursue compensation expires two years following the injury, but there are instances when it expires much sooner. When filing a workers’ compensation case in Georgia, you must notify your supervisor regarding your injury within 30 days. Any later than that and you may lose the right to benefits.
Having an attorney evaluate your case immediately following a construction site accident injury will ensure you do not lose out on any potential compensation to aid in your recovery.
At The Simon Law Firm, we have a qualified team of construction site accident attorneys that will fight to obtain a maximum recovery for you. Call (404) 259-7635 or fill out our online contact form so we may discuss your case in a free consultation.