Georgia is experiencing explosive growth. Especially in high-density urban areas, buildings are constantly being demolished to make room for new construction. In addition, many homes and offices are now being gutted and renovated. This “out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new” approach is where demolition crews come in.
Demolition jobs are inherently dangerous. However, companies have a duty to minimize risks to their employees and other workers on the site. When they fail to do so, serious and fatal accidents can occur. If you were hurt during a demolition, Georgia construction accident attorney Michael Gumprecht will protect your rights and help you obtain compensation.
The Gumprecht Law Firm focuses exclusively on personal injury recovery. We represent construction workers injured during all phases of a development or renovation project. We handle serious demolition-related accident claims, such as first degree burns, electrocutions, brain damage, spinal cord damage, compound fractures, amputations and loss of eyesight or hearing. Our firm has earned such honors as membership in the Million Dollars Advocates Forum and the American Academy of Trial Lawyers Premier 100. However, what is most important to us is helping hardworking men and women in the construction trade win justice when they are injured on the job.
We urge you to contact a lawyer as soon as practicable. A cease work order is generally issued after a serious accident, stopping the demolition from continuing until authorities have an opportunity to investigate whether safety rules were violated. The company is likely conducting its own investigation to minimize liability. You, too, should have a representative with knowledge about evidence and your rights under Georgia laws. We are available 24/7 to take your call.
Dangerous Conditions on a Demolition Site
Injuries on demolition sites are common, but that does not mean they are inevitable or legally excusable. On the contrary, companies have the tools and knowledge available to prevent demolition injuries, such as:
- Third degree chemical and thermal burns following an explosion of volatile gases
- Inhalation injuries from breathing toxic chemicals
- Electrocution from live wires
- Being crushed by falling debris
- Head injuries from falling objects
- Falls caused by the collapse of unstable structures
- Severe puncture wounds from metal shards
Cause of Action for Demolition-Related Injuries
Georgia law requires employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. In exchange for providing you with immediate medical and wage benefits without having to prove fault, you waive your right to sue your employer for negligence. However, this is not the end of the story. You may have a cause of action against a company that is not your employer.
Demolition generally requires multiple contractors with different areas of expertise and skills. The company pulling electrical wiring is likely not the same one responsible for dismantling the gas lines or safely removing asbestos from the inner walls. Another company may supply the heavy equipment and yet another scaffolding. If you did not have an employment relationship with the company responsible for your accident, you can pursue damages in the civil court system while also filing your workers’ compensation claim with your employer’s insurance company.
Contact a Georgia Construction Accident Attorney for 24/7 Legal Assistance With Your Demolition Injury Claim
Learn more about your right to recover damages for a demolition accident claim. Schedule a consultation with a Georgia construction accident attorney by calling 678-800-1050. The Gumprecht Law Firm is accessible 24/7 for a free consultation. Our contingency fee policy means you pay attorneys’ fees only after you recover damages for your injuries.