The use of a flatbed truck is common at Georgia construction sites. However, these vehicles can be extremely dangerous – both to operate and to be around. As a worker in Georgia, it is important to be aware that you have the right to safe conditions at your workplace or while carrying out work-related duties, especially when flatbeds are involved. This right applies to flatbed operators whether your job involves picking up broken down vehicles on the side of the road or heavy equipment from a construction site. This right also extends to those who are working around flatbeds.
Your employer and all companies involved in jobsite activities have a duty to provide you with a safe workplace. If you were injured while operating a flatbed truck or because of another person or company’s negligence in the operation or maintenance of the vehicle, you may be entitled to damages, and an experienced Georgia construction accident attorney can help you recover.
The Gumprecht Law Firm holds negligent corporations accountable for flatbed injuries sustained at a construction site. Our firm thinks outside the box to recover the maximum possible damages for victims. This unique approach has earned Attorney Michael Gumprecht a lifetime membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the honor of Legal Elite in Georgia Trend Magazine.
We recommend you take action as soon as practicable after your flatbed accident. The company may try to “repair” the problem with a faulty vehicle or delete electronic information that could be useful to your case. Our firm immediately obtains an emergency order to stop any alteration or destruction of evidence until we investigate. To ensure your rights after a flatbed accident are protected, our attorney is available to speak with you 24/7.
Were You Injured in a Flatbed Accident at Work? You May Have Multiple Options for Recovery
You are entitled to workers’ compensation for a workplace injury, including those related to a flatbed accident. The benefits pay for your medical treatments and a percentage of what you would have earned had you not been injured. You may also have a right to damages from a negligent third party in addition to the workers’ compensation benefits through your employer’s insurance company. This is a separate cause of action that requires you to prove negligence, as opposed to workers’ compensation, which you are entitled to regardless of who was at fault.
As an example of how these parallel actions might work, imagine that you worked for a company that used an excavator that needed to be loaded onto a flatbed truck. If you fell because the truck operator failed to lock the hydraulics system, you may have a civil cause of action against the trucking company and a workers’ compensation claim against your employer. Through the civil lawsuit, you might pursue such damages as disabilities, diminished future earnings, pain and suffer for head injury, spinal cord injury, crush injuries, fractures or amputations.
Recovering From Negligent Flatbed Companies
Flatbed operators are generally covered by automobile and commercial insurance policies. If you were hit by a negligent flatbed driver, you may be entitled to substantial compensation under these high-limit policies. You may also have a cause of action against other companies that contributed to the accident conditions. For example, if the flatbed truck was pulling away from a road construction site, the company that hired the negligent flagman might be responsible for failing to safety control traffic and to alert you to the truck’s approach.
Learn More About Your Rights From a Georgia Construction Accident Attorney
Call 678-800-1050 to discuss your right to a civil lawsuit for injuries caused by a flatbed truck. Your initial consultation with a Georgia construction accident attorney at The Gumprecht Law Firm is free. Our firm is available 24/7 and, under our contingency fee plan, you do not pay attorneys’ fees until you recover damages.