Construction Injury Lawyer
Construction is one of the world’s most dangerous industries. Every day, construction workers face serious health and safety hazards, from exposure to asbestos to collapsing scaffolds. It is largely up to construction site managers and employers to keep workers and pedestrians reasonably safe. If someone else’s negligence or wanton disregard for the safety of others resulted in your construction injury, call the Georgia construction injury lawyers at Dermer Appel Ruder. Our accident and injury attorneys can help you pursue compensation.
How Common are Construction Injuries?
In 2016, 4,693 private industry workers died on the job in America. Of these, 991 deaths (21.1%) were in the construction industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) refers to four main causes of construction worker injuries and deaths in the U.S. as the “Fatal Four.” They are falls, struck-by object, electrocutions, and caught-in/between objects and equipment. Preventing these four accident types would save an average of 631 workers’ lives every year.
Common Causes of Construction Injuries
Construction sites pose many different threats to the health and safety of workers and passersby. Hazardous substances, falling objects, heavy machinery, electrical equipment, volatile oil and gas, and careless workers can all result in construction site accidents and serious injuries. One factor that most construction accidents have in common, however, is negligence.
Human error in construction zones is a major cause of construction injuries. Distracted drivers striking roadside workers, a distracted employee dropping a hammer from a scaffold, and a site manager failing to provide personal fall protection devices are all examples of negligence that can lead to preventable injuries and wrongful death.
Common Construction Accident Injuries
Virtually any type of personal injury can impact construction site workers, pedestrians, and drivers passing through construction sites. Some injuries, however, are more common than others. Some of the most common include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Bruising and contusions
- Sprains, strains, and repetitive-motion injuries
- Burn injuries (including chemical burns)
- Illnesses from toxic exposure
- Explosion-related injuries
- Injuries to the eyes and ears
After suffering any type of injury while on a construction site (as a worker or a passerby), consult with one of our Georgia construction accident attorneys about your rights. With our help, you could recover the costs of your accident-related medical bills, lost income, physical pain, and emotional suffering.
Determining Liability in Georgia
Liability can be a tricky subject in construction accident lawsuits. The party the courts will hold liable for someone’s injury or death will depend upon who was involved in the incident. Construction companies are often responsible for these accidents for failing to maintain a reasonably safe workspace for employees and passersby. Dangerous property hazards, toxic chemicals, poor employee training, no safety gear, poorly maintained construction equipment, and other common risks all can come back to construction site owner, general contractor, or subcontractor’s negligence.
Contact our Georgia construction accident attorneys for professional assistance determining liability. We’ve represented numerous clients with construction-related injuries throughout the state of Georgia including but not limited to Gwinnett, DeKalb, and Fulton Counties. We recognize the most common defendants in these types of cases and know how to prove their fault for accidents and injuries. Whether a careless coworker or negligent product manufacturer caused your damages, we can help you identify the liable party and pursue damage recovery in the various Georgia civil courts.
Workers’ Comp vs Filing a Lawsuit
Don’t say yes to a Georgia workers’ compensation settlement without first speaking to one of our attorneys. Workers’ compensation might be easier to acquire, but it will only reimburse you for medical bills and two-thirds of your lost wages. A personal injury lawsuit, on the other hand, could result in compensation for your full lost wages, lost earning capacity, disabilities, past and future medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering, and possibly even punitive damages. A conversation with one of our knowledgeable Georgia construction accident lawyers can help you get a clear idea of what a personal injury lawsuit could be worth to you and your family.
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