When an accident happens on a construction site, the victim could have several options for pursuing compensation. The circumstances of the incident and injuries play a significant role, but victims often have a case against the property owner, general contractor, subcontractor, or another party. They seek and recover payouts for their medical care, lost income, and pain and suffering, among other losses.
Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group can review your Marietta construction accident case for free. We want to discuss what happened, your injuries, and how they have affected your everyday life. We believe in accountability and financial compensation. We can often help victims of construction accidents get justice. Contact us today for your free initial consultation.
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Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group Handles Marietta Construction Accident Cases
Our Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group attorneys help clients hurt in Marietta construction accidents recover financially, physically, and emotionally. We provide protection for their rights, support for their difficult times, and legal advocacy throughout the process. When a worker suffers injuries, requires medical care, and experiences lost income, they can count on our team to help.
We believe victims hurt by someone else’s negligence deserve compensation. When another party’s carelessness or recklessness caused preventable injuries, they should be held accountable. The victims deserve fair compensation for their injuries and related costs. This is the only route to justice for some victims.
Our attorneys work based on contingency. We never ask our clients to pay upfront fees. We use the firm’s resources to file claims and lawsuits, build cases, and take the necessary steps to manage the case. We only charge our clients after the case is over, and they never pay attorney’s fees unless we recover compensation for them.
Building a Claim or Lawsuit Based on Your Marietta Construction Accident
Construction, demolition, renovation, and related industries are dangerous. They are among the riskiest worksites and are heavily regulated by federal and state safety agencies for this reason.
Accidents lead to a wide range of injuries and occur in many ways, such as:
- Ladder or scaffolding falls
- Trip hazards
- Dangerous or defective tools
- Scrapes and cuts
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Car accidents
- Crane accidents
There is also a high risk of what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calls the focus four.
These four causes lead to the great majority of life-ending construction site injuries:
- Being struck by an object
- Being caught in or between objects
When a construction site accident occurs, and there are significant injuries, the worker should seek medical care immediately. This is important for both a workers’ compensation claim and a third-party case they could pursue.
Financially Responsible Parties in Construction Accident Cases
In some cases, workers’ compensation might be the only way for the injured worker to recover compensation. The laws that mandate this type of coverage for most employees also prevent their workers from suing them. If the personal injuries occurred because of your negligence, the carelessness of a coworker, or something your employer did, you will not have a third-party case.
However, there are liable third parties responsible for many of these incidents. Our team can review your case facts to determine your options.
The liable party in a construction accident case could include:
- The site owner, who is responsible for providing a safe environment per state law
- A subcontractor
- A vendor temporarily on site
- The manufacturer or distributor of a defective tool or other product
We also generally pursue cases against the employer of any negligent individual, as employers can be vicariously liability when their workers cause injuries at work.
Our Marietta Construction Accident Attorneys Pursue Recoverable Damages
While some construction accident injuries are relatively minor, many are severe. Some accidents even lead to catastrophic, life-altering injuries. Catastrophic injuries could take months or years to overcome, and many never fully recover.
They could include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Significant burns and scarring
- Traumatic amputations
- Multiple fractures
Those who suffer these injuries sometimes have related expenses and losses that quickly reach seven figures. Of course, it does not take $1 million in medical bills to overwhelm most families. When our clients call us, they often need help recovering compensation to pay their outstanding bills and ensure they can receive the care they need in the future.
Our attorneys document every client’s damages as a part of investigating and building their case. We gather bills, receipts, relevant medical records, and other paperwork. We also interview experts and take other steps to understand clients’ future needs, potential costs, and intangible losses. These actions are essential in determining the fair settlement range of the case.
Once we understand what a fair settlement should look like in the case, we demand it from the insurer representing the liable party and/or file a lawsuit to recover it.
This often includes compensation for:
- Medical bills, current and future
- Ongoing care and support expenses
- Lost income to date
- Diminished earning ability
- Related expenses, with receipts
- Pain and suffering
Wrongful Death in Marietta Construction Accidents
When a construction worker dies from their injuries, Georgia law allows their family to pursue compensation. Your family likely qualifies if your loved one had a viable third-party case but died before they took legal action.
Only certain family members have the right to file a wrongful death action in Marietta, including:
- The surviving spouse
- Children, if there is no spouse
- Parents, if there is no spouse or children
- A personal representative, if there are no other qualifying family members
Our team represents clients in these cases. You can learn more today by contacting our team for your free initial consultation.
How Our Attorneys Navigate a Marietta Construction Accident Case
Understanding your options for compensation after a Marietta construction accident injury is often difficult. Many falsely believe they only have the option to pursue workers’ compensation when their accident occurs because of a third party’s bad behavior. The truth is many injured victims have an opportunity to receive workers’ compensation and file a case against the negligent party to hold them accountable.
When our team reviews a Marietta construction accident case, we consider the third-party options for the injured worker.
If we identify a liable third party, our attorneys could seek compensation for the client by:
- Filing an insurance claim and negotiating a fair settlement
- Filing a lawsuit and taking the case to trial
In many cases, we file both insurance claims and lawsuits. We continue our negotiations with the insurer while preparing the lawsuit for trial. Most cases end with a settlement agreement but have a strong track record of verdicts and court awards, too.
Under state law, construction accident victims might have up to two years to sue the at-fault party. However, there are exceptions to this statute, and other deadlines could apply in the case. Contacting our team as soon as your injuries allow can help ensure you meet all applicable timelines and protect your right to sue the negligent party.
In many construction accident cases, another worker’s negligence caused our client’s injuries. Many companies work together on construction sites, and it is not unusual for one subcontractor to cause injuries to another. In that event, we generally pursue a case against the negligent worker’s employer.
State case law supports vicarious liability for employers under many circumstances. When we file a claim based on the company’s corporate liability policy, we do not have to worry as much about the policy maximum and other factors that could limit our client’s financial recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for a Marietta Construction Accident Lawyer
Our team often answers the following questions for victims of construction accidents in the metro Atlanta area. If you have additional questions or want to discuss the circumstances of your injuries to learn more, we encourage you to contact us for a free initial consultation.
What Should I Do Before Accepting an Offer From the Insurance Company?
Sometimes, an insurance company will make a settlement offer quickly following an incident. When this occurs, it is often tempting to accept. The offer seems like a lot of money, and you know you will face medical bills, lost income, and other damages. However, this is not a good idea. You need to know what your case is worth before accepting any offer.
Call us if you receive an offer from the insurance company. Our team can assess your case and discuss your options. In general, you should not consider any offer made before you reach maximum medical improvement or you understand your prognosis and future care needs.
Do I Need an Attorney to Handle My Construction Accident Case?
Hiring an attorney to handle your construction accident case allows you to focus on your treatment and healing. Navigating the claims process, building a convincing case, and negotiating with the insurance company all take experience, knowledge, and time. Our lawyers handle cases similar to yours every day. Let us take care of it while you recover physically.
There are also other benefits to working with one of our construction accident attorneys. We have resources that are not available to most of our clients. For example, we often call medical experts who help us understand the client’s prognosis and put an estimated price on their future care needs. This is difficult to document without an expert’s help.
What Can I Do if My Loved One Died From Their Construction Accident Injuries?
Our lawyers represent family members in Marietta wrongful death claims and lawsuits. If your loved one died from their injuries before they filed a lawsuit against the liable party, surviving family members often have a right to seek compensation for a range of expenses and losses. This could help you cover lost income, pay final expenses, and cover other costs.
We can also help if your loved one survived their injuries but cannot act on their own behalf to pursue compensation. We understand how much catastrophic injuries can affect a family and know how to build a case for medical bills, long-term income losses, future care needs, pain and suffering, and more.
What Are My Options for Compensation After a Marietta Construction Accident?
The options for compensation after a Marietta construction accident are unique to each case. Depending on the circumstances, some people can file workers’ compensation claims, third-party claims against the property owner or general contractor, or both. We pursue compensation for our clients in cases against the liable third party. However, many of our clients also file workers’ compensation claims.
The best way to learn your options after a Marietta construction accident is to discuss your case with our team. We provide free consultations for construction accident victims. We can assess your legal options and explain the steps we can take to hold the at-fault party accountable for their negligence.
Do I Have to Sue to Recover Money in a Construction Accident Case?
Our trial attorneys litigate cases regularly and can take your case to trial if necessary to secure the compensation you need and deserve. However, most of these cases do not go to court. We file claims and lawsuits and often negotiate fair settlement agreements to end the case before a court date is on the docket.
Not every case requires a lawsuit. We design our approach based on the unique facts of the case. We sometimes negotiate fair settlements with the insurance company representing the liable party without filing a lawsuit.
Discuss Your Legal Options With Our Marietta Construction Accident Team
Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group provides free case assessments for victims of Marietta construction accidents. We want to ensure you understand your rights, options, and how we can help. You could qualify to recover compensation and hold the at-fault party accountable. Reach out to a personal injury lawyer.