Representing Those Injured On Atlanta’s Construction Sites
Construction is a dangerous job. Construction workers put themselves at risk every day, facing the possibility of serious injuries and even death just by going to work. Others can get injured on job sites as well. At Hilley & Frieder, P.C., our workers’ comp lawyers offer injured construction workers in the greater Atlanta area over 35 years of experience with workers’ compensation claims. As a full-service personal injury law firm, we have lawyers who also help others injured at job sites file construction accident lawsuits for their accident injuries.
Getting Help To Pay For Your Construction Accident Injuries
As an employee, 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 claim instead of a workers’ compensation claim if you believe that 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, then you can file a lawsuit against the third party and also a workers’ compensation claim.
If you were a passerby at the time of the accident, then 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 anyone else who was responsible for causing your accident.
Common Types Of Construction Accidents
Construction sites are some of the most dangerous places to work. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately one out of every five workplace fatalities involve a construction worker.
Over 50% of these accidents involve what OSHA designates as 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:
- Being electrocuted
- Getting caught in or between objects
- Being struck by an object or falling debris
In addition, many construction workers and passersby suffer injuries due to other hazards on the work site. These can include:
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Machinery malfunctions
- Exposure to dangerous chemicals
- Trench collapses
- Forklift accidents
- Gas leaks and explosions
Construction sites can be very dangerous. Whether it involved a negligent supervisor not adhering to safety standards or a catastrophic collapse resulting in hundreds of injuries, a construction accident can cause thousands of dollars in physical, emotional and financial damages to victims.
Whether you were an employee or a passerby, our Atlanta construction accident attorneys at Hilley & Frieder will advocate aggressively on your behalf to help you collect the compensation you need to recover from these severe injuries.
Contact A Construction Accident Lawyer For A Free Consultation
If you are suffering from injuries due to construction site negligence, don’t wait to seek help. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with one of our Atlanta construction accident attorneys. You can also call us at 404-795-6099 to schedule your free appointment.
Ronald Hilley was the contributing attorney to this content.