Construction sites can be very dangerous. From negligent supervisors who do not adhere to safety standards to catastrophic collapses that result in hundreds of injuries, construction accidents have the ability to cause thousands of dollars in physical, emotional, and financial damages to victims.
Whether you were an employee or a passerby, the Atlanta construction accident attorneys at Hilley & Frieder, P.C. will advocate aggressively on your behalf to help you collect the compensation you need to recover from these severe injuries. Call us today for a free case evaluation.
Construction sites are some of the most dangerous places to work. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 1 out of every 5 workplace fatalities involve a construction worker.
Over 50% of these accidents involve what OSHA designates the “fatal four,” or the types of accidents that have the highest rates of fatalities among American employees. These fatal four accidents may affect passersby as well. They are:
In addition, many construction workers and passersby suffer injuries due to other hazards on the worksite. These can include:
Your pathways to maximum possible compensation after a construction accident depend on the cause of the accident and whether you were an employee or a passerby.
For employees, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim to collect the funds you need to pay for your medical bills and supplement lost wages. A workers’ compensation claim is usually faster to process than a personal injury lawsuit, but when you file this type of claim, you waive your right to file a lawsuit against your employer.
You can choose to file a personal injury lawsuit instead of a workers’ compensation claim if you believe you suffered an accident due to the negligence of a supervisor or the construction company. If the cause of your injuries is due to the negligence of a third-party, such as a subcontractor or the manufacturer of a defective piece of equipment, you can file a lawsuit against the third-party and also file a workers’ compensation claim.
If you were a passerby at the time of the accident, you cannot file a workers’ compensation claim. However, you can file a lawsuit against the construction company, a specific employee, a third-party manufacturer, or another entity responsible for causing your accident.
To determine which pathway is right for your case, contact the construction accident lawyers at Hilley & Frieder, P.C. as soon as possible.
If you are suffering from injuries due to construction site negligence, don’t wait to seek help. The Atlanta work injury attorneys at Hilley & Frieder, P.C. will use the full power of our firm’s resources to investigate your claim, helping you collect the compensation you need to make a full recovery.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with one of our Atlanta construction accident attorneys.