Construction sites are often risky locations for accidents in Stonecrest. Workers or nearby drivers or pedestrians can suffer serious injuries. If you or a loved one were injured on or near a construction site, you have rights. Talk to a Stonecrest construction accident lawyer about your legal options.
At John Foy & Associates, we have been helping accident victims for over 20 years. We help construction workers and those injured on construction sites seek compensation for their injuries. We are not afraid to stand up for your rights.
We understand how much a construction accident can impact your life. Medical bills, lost wages, and more can add up quickly. Contact us to know your legal options before it’s too late. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.
Types of Construction Accident Claims
There are many ways someone can become injured on a construction site. Depending on your situation, you might have any of the following claims.
Personal Injury Claims
If you were hurt on or near a construction site, you might have a personal injury claim or lawsuit. For example, maybe you were injured while driving or walking by a construction site. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT), most work zone deaths are drivers or passengers.
In Georgia, the at-fault party in an accident is responsible for the costs. You can file a claim for compensation of damages like:
- Medical bills
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Vehicle repairs
- Pain and suffering
You must show that someone’s negligence led to your injuries. You’ll also need to prove your damages resulting from the accident.
Workers’ Compensation Claims
Construction zone accidents can also involve worker injuries. If a worker is injured on the job, they can usually file a workers’ compensation claim. They cannot bring an injury case against their employer.
Workers’ compensation benefits can help cover medical costs and lost income while you’re away from work. With workers’ compensation, you do not have to prove fault. In fact, it doesn’t matter who was at fault. The worker can file a claim if an injury happened at work.
Wrongful Death Claims
Tragically, many construction zone injuries are severe or fatal. Workers, drivers, passengers, or pedestrians might die from their injuries. If so, the deceased’s family might have a wrongful death claim.
A wrongful death claim seeks compensation on behalf of a loved one who died. Wrongful death damages can include:
- Medical costs from the loved one’s last injuries
- Lost wages that the loved one would have earned
- Pain and suffering the loved one experienced before they died
- Funeral and burial expenses
Only individual family members can bring a wrongful death claim, according to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-4-2. If you’re not sure whether you can file a claim, call a Stonecrest construction accident lawyer.
Product Liability Claims
Some construction accidents happen because of defective products. For example, faulty parts on a bulldozer or other construction equipment might malfunction. The issue leads to an accident and causes injuries.
Injuries from faulty equipment might mean a product liability claim.
Construction accidents can sometimes involve multiple claims at once. If you were injured, it’s important to know all of your rights. Talk to an experienced lawyer to know what you deserve and how you can seek compensation.
At John Foy & Associates, we can help. Reach out today for a FREE, no-risk consultation. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started.
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How a Construction Accident Claim Works
A personal injury claim involves a complicated process. Here’s an overview of what you’ll need to do to build your claim. It might seem like a lot, but a lawyer can handle the legal side of things.
Documenting the Accident
When you contact a lawyer, they will begin documenting the construction accident. You can also gather evidence directly from the scene after the accident.
- Reporting the accident to the police
- Taking pictures at the accident scene
- Getting the company’s contact and insurance information
- Seeing if there were any surveillance cameras nearby
- Saving all medical bills, doctor notes, and receipts from your costs
A lawyer will gather this information to determine your rights. Your attorney can also help you compile additional evidence to support your claim.
Investigating What Happened
Next, your lawyer will need to investigate the cause of the accident. That includes reviewing camera footage, pictures, and other evidence from the accident and your injuries.
Negotiating Your Settlement
Your lawyer will then help you build and file a strong claim. You’ll file the claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. However, insurance companies rarely make this easy.
Insurance companies are for-profit companies. They are always looking for ways to cut costs as much as possible. That includes using tactics like:
- Offering you a lowball settlement
- Questioning your damages
- Downplaying your injuries from the accident
- Asking you to give a recorded statement
- Making you feel like you don’t need a lawyer
Do not accept a settlement offer without speaking to a lawyer first. The first offer will be a lowball that doesn’t come close to covering your costs. Your lawyer will be ready to negotiate with the insurance company for the settlement you deserve.
Most accident claims settle during this phase. However, the insurer will sometimes refuse to make a fair offer. If that happens, you might need to take your case to court. Your lawyer can fight for your right to the compensation you deserve.
Talk to a Stonecrest Construction Accident Lawyer Today
Construction accidents are often severe and devastating. Construction zone injuries can change a person’s life forever. Some injuries result in death, taking away a life too soon.
If you were injured or lost a loved one, John Foy & Associates is here for you and your family. For us, each case is personal. Our clients are our number one priority, and we’ll do what it takes to fight for your rights.
Working with us is risk-free for our clients. With over 20 years of experience, we are confident in our contingency fee structure. We don’t get paid at all unless we win you compensation. Call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to start with a FREE consultation.