Atlanta Building Collapse Attorneys
Construction ranks among the highest-risk industries for workers, accounting for one in five worker deaths. One of the most dangerous situations in construction is a building collapse. When a structure under construction collapses on workers, it typically results in very serious or fatal injuries. Construction sites must be carefully and correctly planned and designed. They must also be continuously monitored and managed to ensure structures are stable.
The integrity of structures under construction is a top priority for engineers. If a building collapses during construction, it is not only costly but can also be deadly for workers on the site. Building collapses can occur with:
- High winds or extreme weather
- Vehicles colliding with buildings
- Improperly designed or poorly constructed foundation systems
- Use of materials that fail to support the structure or do not meet industry standards
- Extraordinary loads
- Problems with materials such as concrete or soil
- Improper renovation
- Unplanned or improperly supervised demolition
- Unsafe excavation operations
- Poor quality workmanship
- Improperly maintained buildings
Construction workers can be trapped under debris from a collapsed building for extended periods before rescue crews are able to dig them out. Common injuries in a building collapse catastrophe include:
- Bone fractures
- Internal injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head trauma and brain injuries
- Crush injuries
- Mental and emotional trauma
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
A worker injured on the job should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ comp will cover your medical expenses related to the workplace injury and reimburse you for a portion of your lost wages. If you have been hurt in a building collapse at a construction site, it is essential to document the accident, so you can prove the injury occurred on the job. Notify your supervisor as soon as possible. Your employer should call an ambulance to take you for emergency medical treatment. If you can, take pictures of the accident scene and make sure you have contact information for any eyewitnesses.
A building collapse can cause serious injuries, requiring extensive medical treatment and time away from work, and may have life-altering consequences. If workers’ comp is not enough to cover all your losses, you may be able to file a third-party claim to recover additional compensation. This type of lawsuit is filed against a party other than your employer, such as a third-party contractor, when that party’s negligence contributed to your injuries.
After a serious building collapse accident, your best chance of recovering full compensation for your injuries is to have an experienced Atlanta construction accident attorney in your corner. Your lawyer can help you in dealings with your employer and/or a responsible third party, guide you through the entire process, and represent you in settlement hearings or other procedures. In an out-of-court settlement, your attorney can assess the full scope of your damages, work to protect your rights, and negotiate skillfully with the other side on your behalf.
At Grant Law Office, our husband and wife team of Atlanta personal injury lawyers are committed to obtaining justice for injured victims. Our approach is thorough, with strategic thought and planning. We are not a high-volume firm – we choose to represent the clients we believe we can best serve -- so when we take on a case, expect to receive individual attention. Call us at (404) 995-3955 to schedule a free consultation with no time limit. We can advise you of your options under the law.
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