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Every year, one in ten construction workers in the United States suffer an injury. Construction is a dangerous industry, and workers are in almost constant danger. If you experienced a construction injury in Atlanta, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Contact ChancoSchiffer P.C. to find out if you can file a claim for your construction accident injury.
There are countless ways you can suffer a construction injury on a work site. One of the most common is by falling. Many construction workers need to climb on roofs, ladders, or other high locations, putting them at risk of falling from great heights.
Construction site accidents can also occur when objects fall. It could happen when a worker accidentally drops a tool, materials falling out of a crane, or a variety of other instances. Even though most construction sites require workers to always wear helmets, people can still suffer serious brain and spine injuries from falling objects.
Another frequent cause of construction site accidents is equipment malfunctions or misuse. There are many heavy machines that workers use on construction sites. A nail gun could misfire, or a crane could malfunction. Numerous things can go wrong with the equipment on a construction site.
Workers can also suffer a construction injury from being struck by trucks making deliveries to the site. They may also suffer crushing injuries by being caught between heavy objects.
Construction sites often have exposed wires, leaking pipes, or flammable chemicals that can cause fires or explosions. Though they are less common than falling objects or malfunctioning equipment, fires and explosions can lead to severe injuries that may impact multiple people at once.
If you suffered an injury in a construction site accident, you will most likely be able to receive compensation through your company’s workers’ compensation insurance. Most, if not all, construction companies in Georgia have workers’ compensation to cover employee injuries, but there is a tradeoff. Receiving workers’ compensation often means you cannot file a personal injury claim against your employer.
However, a workers’ compensation claim may not cover all the money lost from time away from work, extensive medical bills, loss of future income, or compensation for the pain and suffering victims must endure in the aftermath of a construction site accident. Depending on the incident, other parties may be responsible for your injuries including manufacturers who created poorly-designed or malfunctioning equipment or safety gear that wasn’t protective. In Georgia, victims can’t file a lawsuit against their employer; they should discuss their case with an attorney to determine if a third party might be at-fault.
Workers aren’t the only people injured on construction sites, however. Many cars and pedestrians navigate Atlanta’s busy construction areas, and, if they suffer an injury due to construction site negligence, the construction owner may be responsible for those injuries. The equipment and scope of these jobs mean many people are at risk during renovation and building. If you or a loved one suffered harm from a construction site accident but don’t work for the company, discuss your case with an attorney.
Temporary total and temporary partial disability offer payment to workers until they are physically capable to return to work. You are eligible for temporary total disability if you are unable to return to work for at least seven days because of the accident. You can receive temporary partial disability benefits if you are able to work but cannot return to your former job and cannot earn a salary as high as before the injury.
Permanent total and permanent partial disability go to workers with more severe injuries. If a doctor’s evaluation confirms that you suffered a permanent injury, you may receive permanent total disability benefits every week for the rest of your life. Permanent partial disability can give you various types of awards depending on what kind of injury you suffered.
Workers’ compensation does not automatically cover all accidents for employees. In situations where one person is clearly responsible, you may be able to hold that person accountable for your expenses in a personal injury claim. Whether you suffered an injury at work or as an innocent bystander, the help of an attorney may mean relief from extensive medical bills and repayment for lost wages. ChancoSchiffer P.C. can help you determine if you should accept workers’ compensation or should file a claim. We have extensive knowledge about Georgia workplace injury law. Contact ChancoSchiffer P.C. for advice and representation for your construction site accident injury.