The construction industry in Georgia is inherently dangerous. Working at heights, operating heavy machinery and potential exposure to hazardous materials contribute to a higher incidence of workplace injuries than other sectors. Although injured construction workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, insurers frequently deny valid claims.
At Parsons Law Group, we understand these challenges and are dedicated to protecting the rights of injured construction workers and their families. If you have suffered severe injuries in a construction accident, you need the powerful representation we provide.
When you meet with us, you will work directly with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who will fight for the benefits you deserve. We represent clients in Atlanta, Savannah, and across the state. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Common Types of Construction Accidents
Construction sites are rife with potential hazards, leading to various types of accidents, some of which are particularly common and dangerous. These include OSHA’s “Fatal Four”:
- Falls from heights, such as scaffolding or ladders.
- Struck-by incidents, involving falling objects or equipment.
- Caught-in/between accidents occur when construction workers are caught between or compressed by construction equipment or trapped under collapsing structures.
- Electrocutions due to contact with live wires or malfunctioning electrical equipment.
Additionally, other frequent accidents in construction include:
- Heavy equipment accidents involving machinery (e.g. cranes, forklifts).
- Fires and explosions due to flammable materials or gas leaks.
- Trench collapses, posing significant risks to workers within or around the trench.
The severity and long-term impact of these accidents can be profound, often leading to serious injuries, chronic health issues, or even fatalities. The physical and emotional toll on workers and their families can be immense, including lost wages, ongoing medical expenses, and a reduced quality of life.
Understanding Workers’ Compensation in Georgia
Workers’ compensation provides vital benefits to construction workers injured on the job, covering a range of needs including:
- Medical expenses, ensuring necessary treatment and rehabilitation are accessible.
- Lost wages, compensating for income lost due to the inability to work.
- Disability benefits, in cases where injuries result in temporary or permanent disability.
These benefits are designed to alleviate the financial burden on injured workers and their families, offering a semblance of security during a challenging time. However, navigating the workers’ compensation system can be complex, especially in the construction sector with its unique risks and accident scenarios. The best way to protect your rights and interests after being injured in a construction accident is to work with our dedicated workers’ compensation attorney.
Third-Party Claims and Construction Accidents
In construction accidents, third-party claims play a critical role, offering avenues for additional compensation beyond standard workers’ compensation benefits. These claims are applicable when an entity other than the employer is responsible for the injury, such as:
- Equipment manufacturers, if injuries are caused by defective or malfunctioning equipment.
- Subcontractors or independent contractors, whose actions or negligence contribute to an accident.
- Property owners or other entities responsible for site safety and maintenance.
Importantly, third-party claims allow injury victims to recover damages not covered by workers’ compensation, such as pain and suffering, and loss of future earnings. These claims can be complex, requiring a thorough investigation to establish liability and quantify damages.
At Parsons Law Group, we have extensive experience representing injured construction workers in third-party claims and work to ensure that all avenues for compensation are explored and maximized.
What To Do After A Construction Accident in Georgia
After a construction accident, taking the right steps is crucial for ensuring the success of your workers’ compensation claim:
- Report the accident – Notify your employer or supervisor as soon as possible after the incident, in any case, within 30 days.
- Seek medical attention – Obtain immediate medical treatment, which is vital for both your health and to support your claim.
These steps are fundamental in building a strong claim; however, it takes a skilled attorney to protect your rights and interests. Trust Parsons Law Group to gather crucial evidence, guide you through the claims process, and fight for the benefits you deserve.
Why Choose Us?
After a construction accident, you may require ongoing medical care, costly surgery, and other treatments. Suppose you suffer a disabling injury and can no longer work. Even being out of work temporarily can become a serious financial burden.
At Parsons Law Group, we know what’s at stake and are well-prepared to handle your worker’s compensation claim. Lead attorney J. Michael Parsons is a former insurance defense attorney who knows firsthand the tactics insurers use to deny claims. He has a proven track record of success, having achieved substantial settlements for injured construction workers.
In addition to guiding clients through the workers’ compensation claim process, our firm also excels in identifying and pursuing potential third-party claims. This comprehensive approach ensures that all possible avenues for compensation are explored, providing you with the best chance of securing adequate financial support for your recovery.
With a commitment to personalized attention and aggressive representation, Parsons Law Group is dedicated to protecting your rights and interests and achieving the best possible outcome.
Talk To An Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney About Your Construction Accident
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a construction accident in Georgia, don’t go it alone. Reach out to Parsons Law Group for informed guidance and dedicated legal representation. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.