Construction sites produce a lot of waste that contractors and subcontractors are responsible for disposing. Jobsites that become cluttered can produce extremely hazardous conditions for workers and the public. Tools and other forms of construction debris can fall on unsuspecting victims or cause serious slip and falls, leading to serious – if not fatal – injuries. If you or a loved one suffered an accident in Georgia resulting from unsafe construction debris, it is important to consult with an experienced Georgia construction accident attorney who can help you recover your rightful damages.
The Gumprecht Law Firm commonly represents construction workers and bystanders who suffer debilitating injuries after being struck by construction debris or sustaining a debilitating fall. We also regularly handle claims involving car crashes caused by road construction debris and help pedestrians who are injured while walking by a construction site.
Our firm has earned a number of honors for our professionalism, client relations and litigation skills. Attorney Michael Gumprecht is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a Georgia Trend Magazine Legal Elite and a National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40”. However, what truly sets our firm apart from other personal injury firms is our dedication to our clients at every stage of the case — we are here for you 24/7.
Construction debris cases require immediate attention. The construction company has incentive to clean up the debris, and thus the evidence, as soon as possible. Therefore, we recommend you speak to a lawyer immediately to begin investigating your claim. In the meantime, do not answer questions from the contractor or its attorneys without your lawyer present to protect your rights.
A Worker’s Right to Sue for Construction Debris Injuries Sustained on the Job
The Georgia workers’ compensation system provides you with the immediate medical care you need after a construction debris accident. Within weeks, the workers’ compensation insurance company pays your medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages, regardless of whether your employer was at fault for your injuries.
This safety net has a catch, however. You are not permitted to sue your employer even if their negligent actions contributed to your accident. Furthermore, workers’ compensation coverage is limited in the sense that it will not fully compensate you for catastrophic injuries or the death of a loved one.
Although you cannot sue your employer in civil court in most cases, you can sue other companies that were responsible for the accident. For example, if you tripped over tools left by a subcontractor that is working on the same site, you may have a cause of action against that subcontractor for multiple fractures or head injury resulting from a fall.
Risks Posed by Construction Debris to the Public
Construction companies have a duty to the public to secure an unfinished site and to thoroughly clear the site of hazards when done with the project. Debris left after completion of construction or that comes from the construction zone poses a serious risk to pedestrians and drivers.
Examples of hazardous construction debris include:
- Unsecured plywood or other loose objects that can blow from the site
- Inadequate scaffolding to catch falling debris
- Spilled oil or slick surfaces that create a slip and fall hazard
- Flammable and volatile debris that can trigger fire or explosion
- Nails and other sharp objects left on sidewalks or roadways
- Tools that can fall and strike bystanders or cause a trip hazard
- Debris that can fly through the windshield or require a car to swerve
Contact a Georgia Construction Accident Attorney to Help Your Recover for Your Construction Debris Accident Injuries
You may have a valid cause of action for injuries you suffered in a construction debris accident. Call 678-800-1050 to schedule a free consultation with a Georgia construction accident attorney. The Gumprecht Law Firm is available 24/7 to assist you and our contingency fee policy means you do not pay lawyers’ fees unless you recover damages.