As a part of the capital’s metropolitan area, Alpharetta is growing. That means more construction which, sadly, can mean more construction accidents. Whether you were a construction worker or a third party injured at a site, you have rights. Employers, property owners, and site managers are obligated to create safe conditions, warn about certain hazards, and take precautions to prevent accidents.
If you feel those precautions weren’t taken, and you suffered injuries, our Alpharetta construction accident lawyers can manage your case. Contact Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group today to begin a free case review.
What Can Our Construction Accident Lawyers Do for You?
This is our first question to clients because it helps us craft a personalized approach based on their specific injuries, losses, and circumstances.
You can come to us with construction accident issues related to:
- Insurance dealings
- Evidence gathering
- Accident investigation
- Liable parties
- Lawsuit filing
- Trial prep
Your case may not require support in all those areas. You might need a more extensive investigation to understand what happened compared to someone else. Perhaps we can settle your case out of court, whereas another client might need to go to trial.
In other words, we never make assumptions or just go through the motions when it comes to our clients. At Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group, one of our core values is remaining customer service oriented. You tell us what you need, and we develop a plan.
Our Investigators Can Untangle What Caused Your Accident
Rather than trying to sort out what happened from guesses, assumptions, or finger-pointing, you can consult our team. Our investigators gather evidence and identify details that could point to your construction accident’s cause.
Any information or evidence you can provide is appreciated, but we can also use our own resources to gather:
- Photos of the construction site, equipment, or your injuries
- Accounts from workers and eyewitnesses
- Medical records showing the extent of your injuries
- Security or bystander video footage of the accident or its aftermath
- Analysis of debris or faulty equipment
- Accident reconstruction data and testimony by experts
- Research into the liable parties’ background
- A timeline of events leading up to your accident
Sometimes, having a legal representative in interactions with doctors, witnesses, and experts can help a case move forward more efficiently. Plus, we can draw on our experience to discern what is relevant to your case, something that is perhaps harder for laymen. Rather than building a complex legal case alone, we want you to save your mental energy and focus on healing.
We Can Potentially Identify More Than One Liable Party
If you were hurt by negligence and are not covered by workers’ compensation, we can pursue damages from those responsible for your injuries. Careless action from one or multiple parties may have caused your accident, and we can determine their liability.
After an injury in Alpharetta, our construction accident attorneys can look into:
- Property owners
- Designers, architects, or engineers
- Construction companies
- Independent contractors
- Product and equipment manufacturers
- Third parties
Bottom line: if another party’s negligence caused your condition, we can sue them for damages. An engineer or architect may have made mistakes in planning the project. A subcontractor could have ignored safety protocols. Faulty equipment could have leaked fumes or caused electrocutions. Whatever caused your accident, we learn what happened and outline your legal options.
We Always Put You First
At Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group, our values focus on our clients and their well-being. We focus on staying positive, looking for creative solutions, and paying attention to your emotional and psychological hardships.
Our client reviews highlight that commitment, with many singling out traits that are important to us, such as being attentive, responsive, and compassionate. You can read more of our testimonials to learn the personal stories of past clients and how we assisted them during a difficult time.
What Losses Did You Suffer in Your Construction Accident?
We take stock of the losses you suffered in every area of your life as a result of this accident.
Compensable losses in your case may comprise:
- Emergency medical expenses
- Hospital stays
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost income
- Reduced earning ability
- Pain and suffering
You may have losses unique to your situation. For instance, the accident could have worsened a pre-existing condition, or you may need alternative care to manage pain. Some construction accidents can also cause chronic illnesses that require specific treatment.
We not only work with you on this, but we also consult your doctors, therapists, and support network to understand the scope of your losses. We even talk to experts about your future to determine what you will need after your case ends. Someone else’s slapdash and careless action may have injured you, but our work for you is never half-hearted.
Eligible Losses Under Workers’ Compensation
If you were an employee injured on the job, you can file a workers’ compensation claim to receive benefits.
Typically, these benefits provide coverage for:
- Medical care
- Lost income
You won’t face caps on how much your care costs, but you are sometimes restricted in other ways. For instance, your employer’s insurance might determine that you should have recovered after a certain number of physical therapy visits. Insurance can also dictate your doctors and treatment.
Thus, while these benefits are your right, insurance might fight you on your condition, its severity, and when you should return to work. We can defend your right to receive as much care as necessary following your Alpharetta construction accident.
Personal Injury Cases Allow More Freedom When Seeking Treatment
Compared to workers’ compensation, personal injury provides more options for seeking damages. In fact, anything related to the accident is eligible for compensation, including mental health support and out-of-pocket expenses.
You also have more freedom in other aspects, including:
- Choosing a doctor
- Receiving as much treatment as necessary
- Selecting treatment options
- Pursuing non-economic damages
For example, in a personal injury case, you can take advantage of alternative care like acupuncture, massage therapy, or chiropractic care. The latter could help neck or back pain. You can also more easily see a therapist for psychological conditions like PTSD or anxiety.
You Can Recover Non-Economic Damages in a Personal Injury Case
Perhaps the most notable distinction from workers’ compensation is the chance to receive non-economic damages.
This is for intangible but significant consequences of the accident like:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of companionship
These are highly personalized damages. We can use evidence from your medical records and employment records (as well as testimony from therapists, doctors, and other experts) to highlight your frustration, pain, and trauma from the accident.
If You Seek Compensation for a Lost Loved One
Construction is a notoriously dangerous industry. Recent information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 976 fatalities in construction and extraction occupations in one year. Family members of those who passed away from occupational accidents can receive workers’ compensation coverage on their loved one’s behalf. These benefits can pay for end-of-life medical care, as well as provide for lost income and funeral costs.
Likewise, family members of non-employee victims of construction accidents can pursue a wrongful death claim or lawsuit.
This can pay for losses similar to workers’ compensation benefits, plus non-economic damages like:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of parental guidance
- Loss of spousal support
The wrongful death attorneys at Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group can help surviving families navigate the claims process. Moreover, we take over the burden of paperwork, evidence gathering, and negotiation so that you can focus on grieving.
What Differentiates Construction Personal Injury Cases From Workers’ Compensation?
Recoverable damages are just one of the many differences between personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. Here are some things to know about both:
You Generally Can’t Sue Your Employer as an Employee
Workers’ compensation is a trade-off; in exchange for receiving benefits when you are injured, you give up your right to sue your employer. To receive benefits, you don’t need to prove anyone was negligent.
In theory, this is straightforward. But, in practice, accident victims sometimes have trouble receiving benefits or keeping them.
You can enlist our attorneys if your construction workers’ compensation case encounters problems like:
- Disagreement over whether your injuries are related to the accident
- Pressure to return to work too soon or cut back on care
- Unfair claim denials or delays in paying benefits
- Bullying tactics from your employer
- Gross negligence that warrants a lawsuit
You Can Sue as a Personal Injury Claimant
Anyone not covered by workers’ compensation can pursue a personal injury claim or lawsuit as long as their case contains:
- Someone involved in the accident owed you a duty of care, such as by posting warning signs, enacting safety protocols, or training employees.
- They failed to uphold that duty of care, such as by not warning others about hazards, not taking precautions, failing to monitor equipment, or using negligent hiring practices.
- You sustained injuries because of that negligence, such as suffering a head injury from falling debris or breaking a leg after tripping over improperly stored equipment.
- Because you suffered injuries, you have damages.
For example, let’s say your workplace was undergoing renovations, and the construction company did not put up a sign warning about an area with loose flooring. This violates the company’s duty of care. If you then tripped and broke your arm, it owes you damages because you were injured due to negligence.
Your case is perhaps not as straightforward, but our attorneys can evaluate the decisions and actions that led to your injury. From there, we can demonstrate your case’s required elements to recover compensation.
What Are the Most Common Accidents at Construction Sites?
The big four hazards in construction are the most common causes of fatalities at construction sites:
- Being struck by objects
- Caught in-between objects
Falls under any circumstances are dangerous—one out of five cause serious injuries. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists them as the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries. The big four hazards can also cause broken bones, back and spinal cord injuries, internal injuries, and disfigurement. With expensive and lengthy recovery times and possible lifelong consequences, these cases may warrant serious legal action.
OSHA even highlights ways to prevent these accidents, such as by installing perimeter protection in areas with fall risks, requiring high-visibility clothes near vehicles, creating protective areas around trenches, and adhering to safe distance requirements around power lines. These examples illustrate a duty of care—companies that fail to take reasonable precautions like these are negligent.
If your construction accident wasn’t caused by one of the big four, you still have grounds for legal action.
Other situations that can form the basis of a claim are:
- Illnesses from toxins or contaminants
- Fires or explosions
- Scaffolding accidents
- Crane, forklift, or other vehicle accidents
- Faulty or defective equipment
- Overwork or consequences from poor work conditions
What Can You Do to Learn More About Construction Accidents in Alpharetta?
Contact us at the Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group at (404) 465-7825. Our Alpharetta construction accident attorneys can evaluate your situation to determine if you can file a personal injury and/or a workers’ compensation case. If you are already in the middle of a case, that’s okay. We can jump in and help at any point. Reach out today for your free case review!
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