Construction sites can be a dangerous environment. There are endless potential hazards, and one only hopes that they do not suffer an injury when working at the site. Despite legal protections like Georgia’s laws requiring a safe place to work, construction accidents are common. And when construction accidents occur, the negative impact on families can be significant. It is important that if you are injured while working at a construction site, you contact an experienced Savannah, GA construction accident attorney to help you recover the workers compensation you deserve.
Construction workers encounter on the job hazards not encountered by other professions. The United States Department of Labor estimates that there are about 150,000 construction accidents every year. In 2011, 17.5% of private industry worker fatalities were in construction, a total of 721. Slip and fall accidents caused the most deaths. Other common causes of death and serious injury included electrocutions and being struck by objects. Dangerous conditions can be created by faulty ladders and scaffolding, equipment failures or defects, fires and explosions, slippery surfaces and other tripping and slipping hazards, and dangerous substances such as asbestos. Many times, dangerous job site conditions are the result of contractors and corporations failing to comply with relevant safety standards and laws.
At Roden + Love, in Savannah, Georgia, our Savannah construction accident lawyers represent construction workers who are injured on the job. We also represent family members of workers who die in accidents. We have years of experience handling serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. Our Savannah, GA injury attorneys will carefully review your case and determine all parties who may be liable. Our decades of experience allow us to build exceptionally strong cases for our clients. We handle all types of construction accident and injury cases, including:
- Falls from ladders and scaffolding
- Car accidents
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Trench cave-ins
- Injuries caused by falling objects
- Brain injuries
- Building collapses
- Electrocution and/or electric shocks
- Truck accidents
- Injuries caused by power tools
- Chemical spills
- Spinal cord injuries
- Burn injuries
When considering all of the hazards that are present in a construction site, it becomes clear to see why these environments are one of the most dangerous work zones in the country. For this reason, it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible if you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident and you believe that the damage was caused by irresponsibility or negligence.
Many employers choose to purchase workers’ compensation policies through their insurance providers that would typically provide them with immunity if one of the workers chooses to pursue a claim against the company. However, these policies do not prevent employees from filing lawsuits against a third party if they believe that that individual or entity caused them to sustain an injury through fault. Other individuals or entities that may be held responsible for construction site accident injuries include:
- Prime contractors
- General contractors
- Owner of the construction site
- Driver or other motorist passing by the construction zone
Construction accidents include falls, being struck by falling objects, machine and tool accidents, being backed over or crushed by heavy equipment, explosions or fires and building or trench collapses. Other common injuries that occur are repetitive motion injuries, heat exposure injuries, lead exposure illnesses and respiratory diseases. It is vital that construction workers always use their provided safety gear and equipment, such as hard hats and scaffolding. Employers should make certain all employees are regularly trained in safety practices while on the job, and they should make certain that their employees have the safety equipment that they need.
If you or a loved one has been injured on a construction site, you should speak to our team of experienced attorneys in Savannah, GA. The Savannah, GA construction accident lawyers at Roden + Love have experience in litigating construction accidents. We have obtained maximum compensation for our clients. Contact our office today at 844-RESULTS for a free consultation.