Advocating for Construction Project Injury Victims – Coweta County Construction Accident Lawyers
Accidents can happen in virtually any occupation and at any jobsite, but the construction industry is consistently ranked as an industry with one of the highest number of severe injuries and fatalities. Accidents on construction sites, including motor vehicle collisions, heavy equipment accidents, trench collapse accidents, electrocution from high voltage lines and other building trade mishaps result in approximately 150,000 construction injuries per year.
Montlick and Associates was established nearly thirty years ago, and our attorneys have proven success handling Coweta County construction accidents. We have been assisting those who have been injured on-the-job at construction sites in Coweta County and throughout Georgia since 1984. Our compassionate and experienced Coweta County construction injury lawyers understand the importance of maximizing the compensation we obtain for our clients because many times it is impossible to return to the same type of work. Permanent disability suffered by someone in the construction trades, such as a roofer, drywall installer, heavy machinery operator, electrician, framer or welder can impose intense financial hardships on the injury victim and the victim’s family. This is why our Coweta County construction accident lawyers work very closely with construction industry experts to investigate the construction accident and develop a litigation strategy for our clients.
The process of pursuing a legal claim for injuries suffered on a construction project is complicated by the many entities involved in a construction project, the changing accident scene and limitations posed by the workers' compensation system. One of the major problems is that construction sites change and evolve rapidly, and therefore, the preservation of critical evidence must happen immediately or it will be irrevocably lost.
Another aspect of accidents on building sites that complicate personal injury claims involves the relationships between the many entities present like contractors, subcontractors, owners and suppliers that may be poorly defined. Many construction workers are independent contractors so they are not eligible for workers' compensation benefits. However, some relationships between companies and those that perform labor on construction sites are nominally labeled as independent contractor relationships but they are really disguised employment relationships. We may look behind a company’s characterization to establish that an employment relationship exists.
When someone is injured on a construction site that legitimately is an independent contractor, we investigate the factors that contributed to the construction accident to identify a third party that may be liable for injuries or wrongful death. While the workers' compensation system provides the exclusive remedy against an employer for occupational injuries and illnesses, it is not a bar to personal injury claims against third parties like general contractors, project owners, sub-contractors, equipment manufacturers, operators of heavy equipment and other responsible parties.
Even when an injured construction employee has a valid workers' compensation claim against an employer, the available financial recovery from workers' compensation benefits usually is far more limited than a personal injury claim. While workers' compensation benefits may include medical care, temporary disability payments and compensation for any degree of permanent disability from employment, there are many other forms of personal injury compensation that are unavailable. Because our Coweta County construction accident lawyers often pursue a personal injury settlement while guiding our clients through the workers' compensation claim process, we may also recover monetary recovery for pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, loss of consortium, mental anguish and even punitive damage under certain circumstances.
When you seek workers' compensation benefits, you are not required to show that your employer was negligent. However, a personal injury claim generally will involve establishing negligent conduct by the third party against whom a personal injury lawsuit is filed. If a responsible third party is the manufacturer of a tool, motor vehicle or piece of heavy equipment like a bulldozer, excavator, crane or other construction equipment, the manufacturer may also be liable without a need to establish negligence.
The Coweta County construction accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates have the experience and expertise to effectively investigate and evaluate a construction accident, obtain witness statements and review safety reports to develop a compelling legal claim for our clients. Some of the types of construction accidents that our attorneys handle include:
- Dangerous falls
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Chemical exposures
- Accidents involving confined spaces
- Excavation accidents such as trench collapses
- Injuries caused by negligent or inexperienced laborers
- Poorly maintained or defective heavy machinery
- Injuries caused by explosives
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents
Construction accidents in Coweta County may result in debilitating injures like brain injuries, injuries to the spine, injuries to internal organs, and broken bones. Many construction accidents also result in wrongful death so that surviving family members need financial resources to preserve their quality of life and provide for their future.
If you are injured in a construction accident, we invite you to let our experienced Coweta County construction accident attorneys work diligently to maximize your recovery and to inform you of your rights. Be aware of your legal rights! If you have been injured on a construction project, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Call now for your FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Coweta County construction accident attorneys. Our attorneys are available to help you and may even visit you if needed. You can call us anytime 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for your FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website www.montlick.com to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.