Dangerous Scaffold and Ladder Falls on Georgia Construction Sites


September 18, 2010

The scope of the danger of suffering catastrophic injuries and even fatal injuries from a fall has been confirmed by the results of a study just released from the United Nations health agency.  That study indicated that 424,000 people die worldwide from falls making it the largest cause of accidental death in the world other than auto accidents.

An additional 37.3 million people are injured in falls each year seriously enough to require medical treatment. The construction industry is one of the largest source of falls in the U.S. often resulting in catastrophic injuries or fatalities. The magnitude of the problem is reflected in the fact that 10% of all construction related deaths result from accidents involving falls. The Atlanta law firm of Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have been assisting those injured regarding construction related falls from scaffoldings, ladders, roofs or other elevated surfaces for over 25 years.

 If you have fallen from a ladder or scaffolding at a construction site, the fall may have been caused from defective equipment, lack of appropriate safety measures, poor training and supervision or careless inattentive co-workers. A lawsuit for construction accident related falls requires a prompt investigation of the construction site, which may be constantly changing as a result of site activity, as well as consultation with industry based experts regarding the cause of one's accident and injuries. There are extensive state and federal regulations, including Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements, specifically addressing safety measures for construction workers who work at elevations on such apparatus as ladders and scaffoldings.

While a construction worker may obtain workers' compensation from an employer as a result of injuries, the recovery under workers' compensation law is far more limited than what is available under Georgia personal injury law. The types of injuries that may be suffered in a construction accident fall can be permanent and debilitating, requiring surgery along with a potential lifetime of pain and suffering, medical expenses, rehabilitative therapy, nursing care, and lost income. A person who is seriously injured in a fall on a construction site is often injured so severely that he/she is unable to ever work in the construction industry again.

The resulting loss of income and medical expenses can have a devastating impact on a family's financial future, unless it is possible to pursue a claim and recovery beyond what is provided by workers' compensation. In order to obtain full compensation, your attorney must carefully investigate the role third parties played in an accident involving such equipment as a scaffolding, ladder or flooring that collapses or fails. The accident may be caused by such third parties as ladder manufacturers, scaffolding suppliers or manufacturers, subcontractors or landlords. Any third party liability, if applicable, will help ensure that you or your family member are fully compensated for the excruciating pain, suffering and heartbreaking loss of enjoyment of life that can result from a serious fall.

Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has been protecting the rights of injured workers and their families since 1984, and routinely handles all types of claims involving personal injuries.  If you or someone you love was injured in a fall from a ladder, scaffolding, roof, or false floor at a construction site and were not provided with a safety harness, security railing, or other appropriate protective equipment, the caring attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are ready to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Our Georgia construction site accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia including, but not limited to, Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller and rural towns in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com.


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