Were you or a loved one injured on a construction site?
Learn how workers’ comp applies to your construction accident.
Being a construction worker in Georgia is one of the most dangerous jobs in the state. All you have to do is scan the local news headlines to see proof of serious and often fatal accidents in Midtown, Roswell, Buckhead and throughout the metro Atlanta area.
In fact, every year approximately one out of 10 construction workers will suffer injuries according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of these are catastrophic injuries, and as such, should be covered under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act.
Unfortunately, workman’s comp cases for gruesome construction accidents are complicated because the immediate employer doesn’t always carry the necessary insurance.
For instance, a subcontractor may not carry workers’ compensation insurance because it employs fewer than three people (the limit set by Georgia’s workers’ compensation law) or because the insurance is expensive. As such, if a construction worker is injured, he or she may not be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits from the subcontractor.
If this describes your situation, you’re not out of luck. Georgia has a statutory employer law just for situations like these. This law states that if a subcontractor has three or more employees but doesn’t carry workers’ compensation insurance, the injured employee may be able to obtain benefits from the general contractor.
Our Atlanta injury lawyers have been focused on helping clients recover workers’ compensation benefits for decades. We understand what it takes to recover the full benefits our clients are entitled to receive, and we have the experience to prove that your injury is directly related to your construction accident. If you or a family member is one of the injured workers, contact the Atlanta, Georgia workers’ compensation attorneys of Gerber & Holder Workers’ Compensation Attorneys.
We will fight to make sure you receive the benefits you deserve.
Contact us today for your free consultation.
Construction accident & workplace death statistics
At a construction site, employers are required to obey all safety precautions and guidelines set forth by federal and state regulators. These requirements can include proper safety gear, provided training, mandatory equipment maintenance and more. Unfortunately, many employers try to cut costs by skipping out on their legal and moral duty to provide a safe work environment for workers, laborers and contractors. As a result, vulnerable construction workers are injured and killed in the tens of thousands each year.
Here are some surprising statistics about workplace injuries and fatalities in the construction industry:
- One in ten constructions workers are injured each year. One in five worker deaths last year were in construction. Source
- There are roughly 150,000 construction site accident injuries each year. Source
- Workers between the ages of 25 and 34 are most likely to be injured in a construction site accident.
- Most construction site injuries involve workers’ backs, spines, and trunks.
- As much as 15 percent of workers’ compensation costs are spent on construction workers and contractors. Source
- In 2015, back injuries and hand injuries topped the list of nonfatal injuries in construction at 11,690 and 11,200 respectively. Source
- Over a 45-year career, a construction worker has a 75% chance of a disabling injury and a 1-in-200 chance of dying. Source
- Falls are the leading cause of fatal construction injuries. Source
- Ironwork, not roofing, is the job with the highest injury rates in the construction industry. Source
- Injury rates vary greatly by state. For instance, in 2012, Maine had less than 5 construction-related deaths, whereas Texas had 105. Source
- Sixty percent of construction worksite injuries occur within the employee’s first year of employment. Source
The fatal four: Top causes of construction accidents
What are the most common causes of accidents and injury on a construction site? Though the underlying reasons behind why construction accidents happen so often are disputed, the data shows that these “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than half (63.7%) the construction worker deaths in 2016, according to the BLS:
Falling from ladders and scaffolding accounts for over a third of “fatal four” deaths. Fall protection like guard rails, safety gear and clear floors are all essential to prevent these construction accidents.
Struck by object
Fractures from falling materials, equipment and building materials can be prevented with proper training for vehicle and machine operators, as well as high visibility clothing and a smarter worksite layout.
Electrical shock and burns are a major threat construction workers face daily. Basic training, insulated gloves, warning labels and simple safety procedures can provide the necessary protection.
This category includes construction workers killed when caught-in or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, trenches or material.
Construction vehicle collisions and other transportation accidents are another common cause of injury, as is exposure to toxic substances and chemicals.
Whatever the cause of your injury, know that you should be eligible for Georgia workers’ compensation benefits under state law. Hiring a workers’ compensation attorney to manage your claim can ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible while also protecting your legal rights.
Types of Injuries Covered by Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claims
Our record of winning construction accident cases in Georgia speaks for itself:
Why hire an Atlanta construction accident lawyer?
For starters, construction accidents tend to be more devastating and catastrophic than other on-the-job accidents. On top of that, construction accident injuries often involve multiple court filings — workers’ compensation, personal injury, even wrongful death claims — and more than one responsible third-party.
Adding to the complexity is the time limit injured workers have to file a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim. Your right to file a personal injury lawsuit in Georgia for a construction accident expires after two years. However, you must notify your supervisor of an injury within 30 days to receive workers’ comp benefits.
These and other factors mean that construction-related workers’ compensation cases can be complex and challenging to handle on your own. Our Georgia construction accident attorneys can help.
We’ve been able to secure positive settlements for construction workers involved in:
- Crane accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Compressed gas explosions
- Dangerous machine accidents
- Logging accidents
- Roofing accidents
- Construction site falls
- Welding accidents
- Trench collapses