Complications of Wrongful Death Actions at Work
Construction sites are amongst the most dangerous places to work. Thousands of workers end up getting injured or die in construction site accidents every year. The events occurring at a construction site can also pose a danger to pedestrians if the area is not properly secured. The Krause Law Firm has extensive experience handling lawsuits and insurance claims for Atlanta construction site accidents. We use our comprehensive knowledge of federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) regulations and tort law to help our clients.
Causes of Construction Site Accidents
There are laws and regulations that must be followed in order to protect the safety of construction workers. When the company and personnel in charge of running the construction site violate these laws and regulations, they endanger the welfare of the workers. They can also be held legally liable for the injuries or fatalities caused by their negligence and wrongdoing. Construction site accidents may stem from:
- Defective products
- Failure to implement safety protocols
- Crane accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Ladder accidents
- Welding accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Excavation accidents
- Falling debris
- Falling or slipping into unobstructed holes or gaps in the ground
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
Construction Site Injuries
Since the professional duties of many construction workers involve intense manual labor, getting injured on the job could severely limit the ability to earn an income. In the most serious cases, injuries can end a career. We understand how important it is for injured workers and their families to be compensated. Even though suffering a serious injury can have disastrous financial and emotional consequences, we are here to assist you. Common construction site injuries entail:
- Brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Burn injuries
- Wrongful death
Special Issues Work And Workers Compensation
If a loved one is killed at work, the family may have two different, but related, actions.
The first is against the employer under the workers compensation program. This is really a claim for insurance, resolved by an administrative judge. There is no jury. Claims must be brought within 1 year
The second is a potential claim against someone other than the employer. This is a wrongful death action as described in most of this webpage. This means that the family has the right to a trial by jury; and recover all economic and non-economic damages.
For more information, view Chapter 9 of our eBook
Call an Atlanta Construction Site Accidents Attorney
Contact us at 404.835.8080 if you are dealing with a construction site injury or want to learn about possibly pursing a wrongful death claim. You can also provide us with your name, email address, phone number and a brief description of your case by filling out the contact form on the website. We give free initial consultations in our law office based in Atlanta. Construction site injury cases may involve filing workers’ compensation claims as well as pursuing civil lawsuits. You can be assured that we work hard to get our clients the compensation they deserve.