An Atlanta Construction Accident Lawyer Can Help After a Workplace Accident
Construction sites typically are laden with hazards. Working from heights, power tools, heavy equipment and falling objects are just a few dangerous elements construction workers face every day. It’s one of the most dangerous professions in the nation. In 2013, 856 construction workers were killed on the job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That’s more than two workers per day, on average.
Plus, for every 100 workers in the construction industry, roughly four of them will be injured or develop an occupational illness in any given year, the BLS reports. It’s quite a dangerous and grueling profession, especially considering the median wage for construction workers is $14/hr (in 2012 dollars, according to the BLS estimates).That's a lot of workers' compensation to pay in Georgia, so if you had a workplace accident and are having trouble getting compensation, talk to an Atlanta construction accident lawyer.
Common Types of Hazards in Construction
Construction workers comprise approximately 6 percent of the American workforce, yet they account for more than 20 percent of all job-related fatalities, according to Construction Business Owner. Although there are regulations, statutes, ordinances and industry standards that mandate employers must provide a reasonably safe working environment, construction sites still have such a large number of hazards that it’s virtually impossible to prevent all injuries.
The four most common hazards in the construction industry, which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration calls “The Fatal Four,” are falls, being struck by objects, electrical hazards, and getting caught in between objects. Other types of hazards and accidents construction workers are susceptible to include the following.
- Scaffolding accidents
- Injuries caused by defective or unsafe equipment
- Lifting, repetitive motion and awkward positions
- Working from heights
- Chemical exposure to gases, welding emissions, vapors, fumes, dust, fibers and toxic materials
- Exposure to extreme temperatures and inclement weather conditions
- Exposure to loud noises
- Exposure to radiation
- Exposure to mold
- Use of pneumatic hammers, hand tools, earthmovers and other large, vibrating machines that subject workers to segmental and whole-body vibration
Ways to Pursue Compensation After a Construction Accident
There are several avenues of pursuing a settlement after a construction accident. Which route(s) you choose depends upon the nature of the accident. For example, if you were injured while walking through or past a construction site, you might be able to file a personal injury claim against the contractor. If you are a construction worker and were injured on the job, you can file a workers’ compensation claim for wage replacement and medical benefits.
There is also the possibility of a third party claim. This type of case applies when you were injured at the work site, but a third party's negligence caused your injuries. For example, if you were injured because of a defective scaffold, you may be able to file a third-party claim against the scaffold manufacturer or installer. The same applies to accidents caused by defective tools, defective equipment or contacted outside parties that come to the site (e.g., cleaning crews, hired roofers, demolition teams, etc.).
If your loved one was killed at a construction site, you may qualify for death benefits. There may be several claims you’ll want to pursue, depending on the circumstances of your loved one’s accident. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits, Social Security benefits and a third-party wrongful death claim. You’ll want to speak to an attorney for counsel identifying and pursuing the claim(s) or lawsuit(s) that suit your situation.
Consult a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Georgia
If you have been injured at a construction site, your financial recovery may be affected by workers' compensation laws, depending on your employment situation and the degree of liability on your employer's part. Workers in Georgia can contact an Atlanta construction accident lawyer for a free consultation to learn if they qualify for benefits. Call The Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. today at 404-474-0804 or contact us online.