Answers to Common Question about Georgia Construction Accident Injury Claims


December 16, 2013

If you work in the construction trades, you know that commercial, residential and public building projects often are the site of serious accidents that can cause severe injury resulting in long-term disability. Because of the physical nature of many construction jobs, many people who are injured while working on construction projects are unable to return to their chosen occupation or to work at all in some cases. Given the serious nature of injuries caused by falls from scaffoldings, trench collapses, heavy equipment accidents, fires, falling objects, electrocutions and explosions, construction accidents can create intense financial hardships for construction injury victims and their families.

These potential hardships make obtaining financial compensation imperative to cover the costs of medical expenses, lost household income and other forms of loss. Our experienced construction accident injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates have provided information in response to many of the common questions we receive from those injured on the site of construction projects. While we have attempted to answer some of the typical questions we receive from those injured by heavy equipment and other hazards on construction projects, we invite you to call us for a no obligation Free Consultation if you have further questions.

How common are accidents that cause injuries or wrongful death on construction sites?

The construction industry accounts for the highest number of fatal accidents of all significant industries that comprise the U.S. economy. Approximately thirty percent of all fatal occupational injuries are suffered by those employed in the construction trades according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Nearly 4,300 people died after suffering injuries in construction accidents during 2012, which amounts to close to twelve construction-related deaths every day. The most common types of fatal construction accidents involve the following

  • Electrocutions
  • Getting caught by equipment like power tools
  • Falls
  • Being struck by objects like extensions on heavy machinery

These four types of construction accidents account for 56 percent of construction fatalities. Further, approximately 100,000 people per year suffer a construction injury each year that is serious enough to require time off work.

Why do I need a personal injury lawyer since my work-related injury is covered by workers' compensation benefits?

There are several reasons to seek legal advice for a construction injury even if you qualify for workers' compensation benefits. An experienced Georgia workers' compensation attorney can help you navigate procedural requirements, make certain that you comply with all legal time deadlines,  and represent your interest to ensure you get all the benefits that you are entitled to  receive. A an additional significant justification for obtaining legal advice involves exploring the possibility of supplementing a workers' compensation claim with a personal injury lawsuit against third parties. Because a personal injury claim includes forms of compensation not available in a workers' compensation claim, such as pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, loss of consortium, emotional distress and punitive damages, an injury victim will often receive more complete compensation by pursuing both types of claims.

Contact the Georgia Construction Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates Now!

If you or someone close to you has been injured in a construction accident, our Georgia personal injury lawyers have been representing injury victims for over thirty years throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

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.

Category: Personal Injury

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