Atlanta Construction Accident Attorney
If you are a construction worker in Atlanta, you know how dangerous your job can be. You face many hazards every day, including heavy machinery, falling objects, electrical wires, and scaffolding. Your life can turn upside down in an instant.
Construction site accidents are not uncommon, and workers often suffer serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. If you have been injured in the workplace, you may lose your income and ability to work and experience pain, suffering, and emotional distress.
Moreover, you are likely to face legal challenges from:
The property owner
The insurance company
This is why you need an Atlanta construction accident lawyer if you want to be fairly compensated. Your journey to recovering compensation for your injuries and damages is a lot easier with the help of the experienced Atlanta construction accident lawyers at the Dressie Law Firm.
At the Dressie Law Firm, we handle even the most complex construction accident cases and help injured construction workers in Atlanta recover fair compensation. We investigate the cause of the accident, gather evidence, determine liability, and prove negligence for your workers’ compensation case.
What to Do After a Construction Accident?
- Prioritize Immediate Medical Attention
Your employer is required to provide a list of authorized doctors workers can consult in the event of an injury. However, if you suffered a serious injury, you need to promptly seek medical help. Your medical records and doctor’s opinion can play a vital role in your case’s outcome. You may need to seek treatment.
- Inform Your Employer
Under Georgia Code §34-9-80, you are required to notify the construction company of your injuries immediately. If you fail to do so within 30 days, you will lose your right to receive compensation under workers’ compensation insurance.
- Contact an Attorney
It’s important to seek the legal help and guidance of a construction accident lawyer to understand your case and what you have to do to recover compensation. Your workers’ compensation attorney can handle the administrative and legal aspects of your case while you recover from your injuries.
The Workers’ Compensation Claims Process
Most workers for construction companies are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Injured workers can receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, disability, and more.
Here’s what you need to do if you have suffered a construction site injury and wish to seek compensation:
Prepare the Necessary Documents
To file your claim with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation (SBWC), you generally need the following:
- Injury-related medical bills, prescription receipts, and any other relevant documents
- Employment documents, including your earning statements
- WC-14 form, Notice of Claim
You or your lawyer must complete the WC-14 form with your personal contact information and details about your injury, as well as the employer’s contact information. Your WC-14 must specify if you’re only notifying the SBWC of the claim or also requesting a hearing or mediation.
File Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
File your W-14 form along with the required documents with the SBWC either in person or via mail. You must also send copies to your employer and their insurance carrier.
Receive a Decision
Your employer’s insurance company will investigate the case within 21 days and notify you whether your claim is approved or denied. If approved, they will list the awarded benefits. If denied, you can request a hearing to challenge the insurance company’s decision and receive more benefits.
File a Personal injury claim
If your workers’ compensation claim was denied, you may be able to take your employer to court by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Note that this is only the case if your claim is denied. If you already received workers’ compensation benefits, even if less than what you expected, you can’t sue your employer.
Different Types of Atlanta Construction Accident
Over 18% of work-related fatalities occur in the construction industry, according to OSHA. Here are the top five common construction accidents:
Falls: Falls are the leading cause of construction fatalities. Proper safety equipment and practices are crucial to prevent these accidents.
Struck by/struck against: Workers can be hit by heavy objects or machinery or get thrown against hard surfaces.
Electrocutions: Electrocutions occur due to loose wires and electrical hazards.
Caught-in-between: Workers may become trapped between machinery or objects, leading to severe injuries like fractures and amputations.
Hit by vehicles: Construction sites near roads or highways pose a major risk to workers, especially when distracted or new drivers are involved. Vehicle accidents are especially common in road construction zones.
Cases Our Atlanta Construction Accident Lawyers Handle
The Dressie Law Firm handles all construction-related personal injury claims, including:
To prove negligence, the worker must show that their employer owed them a duty of care and they violated it. They must also prove that the employer’s negligence caused the accident and their injuries.
Property owners/managers may be responsible for accidents on their premises.
Employers can be held vicariously liable for their workers’ negligence if it caused injuries to another worker.
Faulty or defective products can cause accidents. Manufacturers or sellers of such products can be held liable for injuries resulting from their defective products. Common examples include malfunctioning equipment causing fires or explosions.
Reach Out to The Dressie Law Firm Today
Your right to pursue a workers’ compensation claim in Georgia expires after one year from the day of the accident. If you want to sue your employer, you only have two years. Reach out to Atlanta construction accident attorneys at the Dressie Law Firm to initiate your claim immediately.
Our team of 24 legal professionals and attorneys has your back and will do everything possible to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
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