Jobs in the construction industry place tremendous physical demands on workers. In addition to long hours and heavy machinery, careers in this field are fraught with everyday risks.
When the safety of these workers is not a priority on job sites, the results are typically devastating accidents. Victims suffer serious or possibly even fatal injuries.
Most workers on construction sites in Georgia receive workers’ compensation for their injuries, but these claims do not always provide the amounts that accident victims need. Additionally, getting a claim approved can be a struggle in its own.
Construction accident liability can be extremely complex. Several third parties may bear some responsibility for a worker’s injuries or death after an accident at a construction site.
Atlanta Lawyer for Construction Accidents
Did you sustain severe injuries or was your loved one killed on a construction site in Georgia? You should know that you could be entitled to compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and other types of damages.
Atlanta attorney ReShea Balams understands the best ways to handle the complexity of construction accidents. She fights for work site injury victims and their families in such communities as Lawrenceville, Forest Park, Dunwoody, Norcross, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Decatur, Marietta, College Park, Duluth, Smyrna, East Point, Riverdale, and Milton.
The Balams Firm represents clients on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing if our firm does not get you a financial award. Additionally, your first consultation to discuss your case is also free when you call (404) 445-2005 today.
Georgia Construction Accidents Information Center
- Who could possibly be liable for injuries in these cases?
- How do these kinds of accidents usually happen?
- What types of injuries do victims typically suffer?
- Where can I find additional information about this subject?
A worker’s direct employer is not the only party with a financial interest and safety responsibility on a construction site. Construction injuries are frequently the result of the negligence of a third party other than an employer.
Some of the other parties that may be liable for a construction worker’s injuries or death include, but are not limited to:
- Construction site managers or foremen;
- Designers, distributors, manufacturers, sellers, or suppliers of defective tools, machinery, or equipment;
- Drivers of other vehicles that cause accidents;
- General contractors;
- Insurance companies;
- Maintenance companies;
- Property owners; or
Employers in the construction industry have the responsibility of providing and maintaining a safe workplace. Safety measures are enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and on-site OSHA inspections of work sites can be conducted without any advance notice.
OSHA also conducts investigations following construction accidents. In fiscal year 2014 (October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014), these were the 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards violated:
- Fall protection;
- Hazard communication;
- Respiratory protection;
- Powered industrial trucks;
- Control of hazardous energy;
- Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment;
- Machinery and Machine Guarding; and
- Electrical systems design.
Some other common types of accidents that occur specifically on construction sites include, but are not limited to:
- Crane accidents;
- Toxic chemical exposure;
- Trench collapses;
- Wall collapses; or
- Fires or explosions.
Working with such large and heavy equipment and machinery means that accidents frequently have the potential to cause extremely serious injuries. In many cases, these accidents can be fatal.
If a worker does survive his or her injuries, he or she could still be unable to return to work for several months—if he or she is ever able to work again. Some of the injuries victims commonly suffer in these cases include, but are not limited to:
- Broken bones;
- Burn injuries;
- Herniated discs;
- Internal organ injuries or internal bleeding;
- Neck injuries;
- Paralysis or other spinal cord injuries;
- Severe fractures; or
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
Georgia OSHA Area Offices — OSHA has three Georgia area offices in Atlanta, Tucker, and Savannah. The OSHA website allows you to see which office oversees the county you live or work in. Also find additional OSHA information related to regulation, enforcement, data, and statistics.Atlanta West Area Office
1995 North Park Place S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30339
Georgia Department of Community Affairs | Georgia’s Construction Codes — The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) was created in 1977 to serve as an advocate for local governments. The DCA website provides a description of Georgia’s Construction Code Program, and you can also download information relating to code enforcement and administration as well as a state code amendment form, local government code amendment form, or construction codes map.60 Executive Park South, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) | Construction Safety and Health — The CDC website contains information dedicated to construction workers including construction accidents statistics as part of its larger workplace safety and health section. It discusses fatal and nonfatal injuries. The website also has links to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) construction directory.
Find a Construction Accidents Lawyer in the Atlanta Area
Companies, contractors, and other parties on tight deadlines may occasionally take shortcuts with construction projects that sacrifice the safety of workers. If you suffered serious injuries or your loved one was killed in an accident on a construction site, you should immediately seek legal counsel for assistance holding all negligent parties accountable.
Atlanta personal injury attorney ReShea Balams works tirelessly to get victims and their families the compensation they need and deserve. She represents clients throughout DeKalb County, Cobb County, Fulton County, Clayton County, and Gwinnett County.
The Balams Firm provides these legal services on a contingency fee basis, so you do not have to worry about paying us anything unless you recover money first. Call (404) 445-2005 right now to have ReShea Balams evaluate your case and discuss your legal options during a free, no obligation consultation.