- Immediately launch an investigation into your accident and identify every potential source of compensation
- Notify the insurance companies and your creditors that a claim is pending and direct them to contact us, rather than you, with further questions
- Work with you to ensure you have access to the appropriate medical treatment and support you need to recover
- Build a strong case for full and fair workers’ compensation payments, and aggressively negotiate with insurers for any additional compensation we believe is owed to you
- Take your personal injury claim to trial if the at-fault party refuses to do what’s right
Common Types of Industrial Site Accidents
You and your family may be facing a long road ahead of you after a significant industrial site injury. Don’t try to go it alone. Our dedicated Savannah workplace injury attorneys are here to help. Schedule a free consultation with our team today to discuss your accident and injuries. We can meet with you at our Savannah law offices, in your home, or at the hospital.
For those who work at industrial sites in Georgia, danger is often part of the job. However, you have a right to expect your employer and others responsible for the jobsite to take every necessary precaution to keep you and your coworkers safe.
In fact, there are many laws on the books designed to protect industrial site workers. For example, federal law specifically says that all workers are entitled to a safe workplace. Employers must ensure that the workplace is free from serious recognized hazards and meets the standards, rules, and regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Employers are also required to ensure that workers are provided safety equipment and are trained to use the equipment, as well as to otherwise avoid accidents and injuries.
Still, serious and fatal injuries can and do occur. Our Savannah industrial site accident attorneys frequently work with victims of:
- Falls, such as from roofs, ladders, scaffolding, etc.
- Being struck by falling or otherwise moving objects
- Being caught in or compressed by industrial machinery or equipment
- Collapsing scaffolding, walls, or structures
- Crane accidents
- Truck, forklift, scissors-lift, and similar work-vehicle accidents
- Exposure to toxic chemicals or other dangerous substances
- Fire, explosions, and other accidents causing burns
- Trench or excavation collapse (leading to crush injuries and/or suffocation)
- Strain from lifting, carrying, reaching, climbing, etc., including repetitive stress injuries
- Injuries caused by defective industrial equipment or machinery
- Injuries caused by failure to provide safety equipment, devices, or training
Workers should not be tasked with understanding details of the law to ensure that they are not putting themselves in danger just to make a living. Nor should they have to fight for the protections guaranteed by law for their safety and well-being, either before or after an accident occurs.
At the Spiva Law Group, our Savannah industrial site accident lawyers know the protections afforded working men and women under the law, and we will fight for what’s right. If you have been hurt or lost a loved due to an industrial accident, contact our law firm today to discuss how we can help.
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Georgia Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Industrial Site Injuries
Injured workers and the families of workers who have died from job-related injury or illness are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to pay for medical expenses and assist with lost income. A proper workers’ compensation settlement also includes benefits for wages unrealized in the future if a worker has suffered a permanent disability.
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance program that almost all Georgia employers must enroll their employees in. A covered worker qualifies for benefits if the injury or illness happened while on the job or while performing job duties.
If an industrial site accident or injury has put you out of work for more than seven days, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia. These benefits include:
- Medical Benefits: This includes reimbursement for all money spent on medical care related to a qualifying injury or illness.
- Temporary Total Disability Benefits: These are paid if an injury or illness puts an employee out of work but the worker is expected to fully recover and resume work. The payment is two-thirds of previous average weekly wages, up to a periodically adjusted maximum defined by law. For non-catastrophic injuries, benefits are paid for up to 400 weeks. There is no time limit for catastrophic injury payments.
- Temporary Partial Disability Benefits: These are paid if an injured employee returns to work in a job that pays less than he or she previously earned. The payment is two-thirds of the difference between the employee’s average weekly wages before and after the injury. Benefits are payable for up to 350 weeks.
- Permanent Partial Disability Benefits: These are paid for a permanent disability based upon a percentage reported by the treating physician and in accordance with a formula under workers’ compensation system law.
- Death Benefits: These include payments for funeral / burial expenses up to a maximum amount allowed, as well as two-thirds of a deceased worker’s average weekly wages paid to eligible dependents.
Note that there is no “permanent” total disability benefit, but the temporary total disability benefit for a disabling catastrophic injury would not end unless the worker’s condition changed for the better. Catastrophic injuries are those involving amputations, severe paralysis, severe head injuries, severe burns, blindness, or injuries of a nature and severity that the employee is unable to perform his or her prior work or hold any other currently available employment.
A worker who has suffered catastrophic injury also qualifies for rehabilitation at the employer’s expense from a practitioner who has expertise in handling catastrophic cases. This person would assist in managing medical care as well as any other assistance needed as the worker recovers from the accident.
It is not unusual for severely injured workers who qualify for workers’ compensation to have trouble obtaining all benefits they deserve. Employers fight claims to avoid paying higher workers’ compensation insurance premiums. Workers’ comp insurers fight claims to save money, as well.
At the Spiva Law Group, our workers’ compensation attorneys fight aggressively for the full benefits our clients are owed.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim Over Industrial Site Accident Negligence
Because employers provide no-fault workers’ compensation insurance, they cannot be sued by an injured employee after an accident, even if the employer’s negligence caused the accident. However, this protection applies only to the injured worker’s employer. Other parties whose negligence led to an accident can be held accountable through a personal injury lawsuit. This may include:
- Property owners
- Service vendors
- Suppliers / vendors
- Delivery / transportation services
A prime example of an industrial site accident that might lead to a third-party claim is a scaffolding collapse. A subcontractor that erected the scaffolding might be held liable if their negligence led to the collapse. In a structural collapse, the engineers whose design was faulty might be liable for injuries suffered by workers onsite whom they did not employ.
A personal injury claim may seek compensation beyond what the Georgia workers’ compensation program pays, including for:
- Lost wages not covered by workers’ comp
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Injury to reputation, such as a damaged credit rating if loss of income leaves you unable to pay bills, causes you to default on a loan, etc.)
Georgia also allows juries to award punitive damages, which is money paid by a defendant in a civil claim as punishment for egregious behavior.
If you are a visitor, a passing motorist, or another non-employee injured in an industrial site accident, you could also seek medical expenses along with the above in a personal injury claim.
Our law firm will investigate the accident that caused your industrial site injury to determine how it happened and whether any party beyond your employer should be held liable. We will then demand maximum compensation from every possible source.
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