Construction sites pose several opportunities for injury. When you sustain an injury on a job site, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. Of course, many construction workers are covered by Georgia’s workers’ compensation system, but contractors and subcontractors are not. Even in cases where workers’ compensation may be available, it is not always the best option. This is just one reason you should talk to an experienced Atlanta construction accident lawyer before you take any steps towards compensation.
A construction site can be a dangerous place, but you deserve a workplace that follows local, state and federal regulations designed to protect your safety and wellbeing. Our attorneys help clients whose employers violate these obligations and, if you suspect inaction on the part of your employer contributed to the unsafe working conditions under which you were injured, we welcome an opportunity to discuss your accident and how we can help.
If you have been injured on a construction site in Atlanta, Savannah, Columbus, Decatur, or surrounding areas of Georgia, please call Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance at 404-760-7400 for to schedule a risk and cost-free consultation.
- Common Causes of Construction Site Injury
- Construction Site Falls
- Common Construction Accident Injuries
- The Possibility of Compensation
- Why Choose Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance
- Contact our Construction Accident Attorneys
What are the Common Causes Construction Site Injuries?
There are nearly limitless possibilities for injury on most construction sites. OSHA reports that one in five fatal on-the-job accidents occur in construction. Nearly 64% of those are a result of the “fatal four” causes of construction site injury. These are:
- Struck by an object
- Caught in between
“Caught in between” is a rather broad category that includes fatalities caused by being caught-in or compressed by equipment as well as being crushed by collapsing structures or materials.
Outside of construction’s fatal four, there can be several other opportunities for injury on a construction site. These may include equipment malfunction, accidents involving power tools, crashes, exposure to toxic chemicals, and even overexertion.
When you sustain injury on a construction site, its cause is important. If the cause can be linked to the actions or inactions of someone else, you may be entitled to seek compensation beyond the offerings of insurance companies, including those that provide workers’ compensation.
Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance is a proven effective personal injury law firm providing counsel and representation to people injured through ladder falls, scaffold collapses, accidents involving cranes and other types of heavy machinery, and all other construction site accidents. See our page of verdicts and settlements for a sampling of the accident victims whom we have helped in the past and then give us call to schedule your free consultation where we can explain to you, in person, how we can help you obtain the compensation you need to move forward.
Construction Site Falls
Slip and fall accidents on construction sites account for nearly 40% of all fatal construction site injuries. Even when not fatal, falls can result in serious and lasting damage – and many times, the negligence of others is at the root of these accidents.
Surfaces left wet or cluttered pose serious threat to workers. So too do improperly secured walkways, poorly maintained scaffolding, and improperly placed ladders. Anyone who has worked in construction knows the dangers posed by these things, but avoidance is not always possible – even for the most attentive of workers.
When you are injured in a construction site fall, you need an attorney on your side who can investigate its root cause to help ensure you are receiving the type of compensation you deserve. Our legal team knows how to investigate construction site accidents to identify all liable parties and how to hold those parties accountable for all of the damage they have caused.
In addition to falls from things, things falling themselves pose a threat on construction sites as well. Falling debris is highly dangerous and is a common cause of serious injuries. In fact, objects falling and striking a worker is the second leading cause of fatal construction site injury – and a leading cause of brain injury, even when hardhats are in use.
Common Construction Site Injuries
Injuries that commonly occur on construction sites include:
Some of these injuries may allow for full recovery, but most will require both emergency and on-going medical intervention, rehabilitation, various forms of therapy, and a lifetime of struggle.
Some of the most common construction site injuries will require modifications to the structure of a home to allow for adaptive technology such as wheelchairs. Some of these accidents may cause paralysis or permanent disability. Others still may, even years after they occur, lead to death.
When you sustain serious injury on a construction site, you may face years of medical expenses that you no longer have a source of income to cover. When your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for these damages. The construction accident attorneys at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance can help.
While handling your case, we will work to lessen your stress by advancing all litigation expenses. We are reimbursed only when your case is settled or tried to verdict. To further lessen your risk and stress, we will bear all litigation costs if we do not win your case.
The Possibility of Compensation
Many construction accident victims are reluctant to speak with our lawyers because they believe that all of these cases are covered by workers' compensation. As such, they don't want to spend the time talking to an accident lawyer.
It is true that many construction site accidents are handled by Georgia's workers' compensation system. The workers' comp system is designed to handle employee injuries outside the context of a courtroom and personal injury cases. As such, most of these accidents are not eligible for an outside legal action, and we do not generally handle workers' comp cases.
However, you should still arrange a consultation with our construction accident attorneys. “Many” cases are not all cases, and quite a few construction site accidents include third parties. When a third party is involved, a personal injury lawsuit is a possibility.
Third parties can include:
- Vehicle operators not employed by the work site supervisor
- Contractors and subcontractors
- Manufacturers who have provided defective parts for construction vehicles
Of course, we understand that a construction site is a chaotic place, and hierarchies and chains of command can be convoluted and difficult to untangle. That's why you shouldn't try and untangle them alone.
You don't have to try and figure out whether your case falls under workers' compensation or a third-party liability standard by yourself. At Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, our construction accident attorneys have helped clients across the Atlanta area hurt by negligence or misconduct and we are prepared to take viable cases as far as needed to secure maximum compensation.
Your consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys is completely free and carries with it no obligation. We will listen to your story and give you experienced advice as to your next course of action. We'll help you decide if a personal injury case is appropriate in your circumstances.
Why Choose Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance
You have many choices when it comes to selecting an Atlanta construction injury lawyer, but not all can provide you with the same level of representation. Our legal team has the experience, tenacity, and expertise to provide you with effective representation during all phases of your case.
Each member of our legal team has achieved a coveted AV peer rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Additionally, all of our attorneys have been selected, by peer vote, for listing with Super Lawyers.
Our firm receives recognition due to our reputation for superior client service, our commitment to resolving clients' legal challenges, and our long history of successfully recovering high-value settlement and jury awards for people injured throughout Georgia. We provide tireless representation for those injured on construction sites and we are here to help victims of serious injury caused by the negligence of others get the compensation they deserve.
"I highly recommend this group to anyone seeking legal advice and assistance. I primarily worked with Stephen and Sharon in the office and felt so comfortable working with both of them. They care about their clients and always communicated with me before I even had any concerns or questions to ask. Such a wonderful group of professionals."
Contact Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance
The construction accident lawyers at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance have decades of experience helping workers get fair and full compensation. If you live anywhere in the Atlanta, Georgia metro area and you've been hurt, we want to hear your story. Please call our office at 404-948-4893 to schedule your free consultation and learn how we can help you get the justice you are due.
Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance is a personal injury law firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. We welcome clients from all surrounding areas including Augusta, Columbus, and Savannah.