Construction accidents claim the lives of over 1,000 workers each year and injure many more, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). The construction industry plays a vital role in our society, including building and repairing homes, workplaces, public buildings, and much more. However, the industry is also notoriously dangerous for those that work in it and more accidents occur on construction sites than anywhere else. At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Macon, Georgia construction accident attorneys understand how devastating a construction related accident can be for you and your family, resulting in costly care, medical expenses, disability, lost income, psychological harm and more.
Why is the construction industry considered so dangerous?
The construction industry is traditionally one of the most dangerous industries in the United States and often involves employees working at lofty heights, around electrical lines, and operating heavy machinery. The most common causes of construction accidents are, among others:
Employers within the construction industry must take steps to protect their employees from unnecessary dangers. This includes ensuring all employees are properly trained, use the right safety equipment, and are thoroughly supervised.
What should I do if I am injured on the construction site?
If you are injured while working construction, you should first obtain the medical treatment you need to prevent further injury or complications. As soon as you are able, you should report the accident to your supervisor and complete an accident report, depending on your employer’s protocol for work-related injuries. You should also contact our Macon, Georgia construction accident attorneys at Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our firm will evaluate your potential construction accident case and advise you as to your legal rights as well as what steps are necessary to protect those rights.
Can I file a workers’ compensation claim for my construction related injuries?
Pursuing a workers’ compensation claim will depend on several factors. Not all employers in Georgia carry workers’ compensation coverage. Moreover, many construction workers are considered independent contractors and may not be eligible for workers’ compensation coverage. However, as a general rule, if your employer has workers’ compensation coverage and you are an employee injured on the job, you can normally file a workers’ compensation claim for your medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages. In the State of Georgia, injured employees only have a limited amount of time to report an accident and missing the deadline can cause you to lose your right to pursue workers’ compensation benefits. Work-related injuries can also develop and progress over time, which makes it all the more important why you should report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. You should also call our attorneys at Montlick & Associates as soon as possible after your injury to find out more about your legal rights and options.
Employees who suffer severe injuries that permanently prevent them from returning to work or for a long period of time can apply for disability benefits. Disability awards vary depending upon the severity and extent of your injuries, ability to work, job level, and other relevant factors.
Access to these types of benefits can be confusing and time-consuming. Our Macon Construction Accident Attorneys can help you navigate the complicated rules, requirements and deadlines so that you can focus on your medical recovery.
Can I pursue a personal injury claim in addition to my workers’ compensation action?
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against a negligent third party – specifically a person or entity other than your employer who contributed to or caused your work-related injury. In fact, some injured workers can simultaneously pursue both a workers’ compensation claim as well as a personal injury claim. Potential liable third parties include negligent drivers, the makers of defective construction equipment, other companies and their employees working at the construction site, and others. In a personal injury claim, you may be able to seek a financial recovery for your damages, including compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, punitive damages if the defendant’s conduct rose to the level of gross negligence, and more.
If you are injured while working construction, contact the Construction Accident Attorneys at Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law. For over 33 years, our firm has assisted thousands of injured clients in Macon, across Georgia and throughout the Southeast. We provide caring and knowledgeable representation and strive to achieve your best legal outcome. We offer you a free case review to explain your legal rights and the actions necessary to protect your legal rights.
No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.