Atlanta Construction Site Injury Lawyers
Protecting people injured in structural collapses and accidents in Georgia
Construction sites and industrial settings are inherently filled with significant risks and dangers. Companies have a legal duty to prevent foreseeable injuries through appropriate safety measures during construction and demolition, and to ensure that the buildings remain safe for visitors, residents, and passers-by. Failing to meet these responsibilities can subject site owners and managers to liability for resulting injuries or wrongful deaths.
The Atlanta injury lawyers of Harris Lowry Manton LLP provide compassionate yet aggressive legal assistance for individuals injured in an industrial setting due to structural collapses as well as onsite accidents. We diligently work to hold all responsible parties accountable and secure the compensation your case deserves. If you or a family member has suffered injuries on a Georgia construction site, contact the experienced Atlanta industrial site accident lawyers of HLM today.
- How common is structural collapse during construction?
- How does construction contribute to structural collapse?
- Who is at risk of being injured on an Atlanta construction site?
- I've Been Injured on the Job. What are My Legal Options?
- Who is liable for structural collapse injuries on Atlanta construction sites?
- How much is my Atlanta construction site accident claim worth?
- Do you have a construction site accident attorney near me?
How common is structural collapse during construction?
News stories often cover the collapse of existing structures, but these failures can occur at any time. The Constructor reports that a study by the American Society of Civil Engineers, which reviewed the causes of about 600 failed structures, found that “around 40% of the structures failed during the construction stage, 36% of the structures failed during the pre-construction stage due to flawed designs, and 24% failed during their operational stage.”
How does construction contribute to structural collapse?
Per the United States Department of Labor, “when internal load bearing structural elements fail, a building will collapse into itself and exterior walls are pulled into the falling structure.” While this failure can be connected to natural disasters such as earthquakes or events like structural fires, a leading cause of structural collapse is construction work. Examples of these construction failures include:
- Using poor, faulty, or defective materials in the construction of the building
- Design errors in the initial plans, leading to a structurally unsound building
- Placing excessive weight on a structural that is not designed to bear that weight
- Failing to properly clear the site of all debris
- Inadequate soil testing to determine potential ground movement
- Errors made during demolition, including failing to secure areas for implosion
- Failing to perform strength tests for concrete and other foundational materials
Onsite fires and explosions have also been found to lead to structural damage, even if they originally take place elsewhere on site.
Can construction work cause offsite building collapses?
Construction work can cause offsite building collapses. Construction work – especially demolition work – sends vibrations through the ground. If nearby structures are unsound, they can be affected by the work done on a construction site and may even collapse.
Who is at risk of being injured on an Atlanta construction site?
Construction workers face the greatest risk of injury on Atlanta construction sites. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates there are more than 130,000 construction workers in the greater Atlanta area – a significant number of people who are potentially at risk. Others who are potentially at risk include:
- Site managers
- Site visitors
- Delivery personnel
- Business owners
- Passing pedestrians
- Passing vehicles
I've Been Injured on the Job. What are My Legal Options?
Who is liable for structural collapse injuries on Atlanta construction sites?
The Atlanta construction accident attorneys of Harris Lowry Manton LLP have the ability to prevail against any liable opponents in courts throughout Georgia. Potential liable parties in a structural collapse may include:
- Construction companies
- Surveying companies
- Demolition companies
- Structural designers
- Structural engineers
- Building owners
- Property managers
Our firm’s Atlanta construction accident lawyers begin every case with an extensive investigation that often includes in-depth consultations with product and workplace experts. While many personal injury cases resolve through settlement negotiations, each case is meticulously prepared in anticipation for trial. Even when a settlement can be reached, the firm’s attorneys gain a superior bargaining position through the strength of the evidence they have compiled and their history of achieving excellent results at trial.
What other construction accident cases do you handle in Georgia?
At HLM, we have successfully handled numerous construction and industrial site injury cases. We have the experience and resources to handle a wide range of cases, including those involving:
- Dangerous machinery and other dangerous products
- Scaffolding accidents due to company negligence
- Road defects and dangerous road conditions that result in accidents
- Defective machinery and tools
- Chronic exposure to toxic substances
- Vehicle crashes
Our skillful Atlanta construction site injury lawyers provide effective representation in cases where an accident was caused by the negligence of a company, as well as situations where a third party (i.e., the manufacturer of defective equipment) is at fault.
How much is my Atlanta construction site accident claim worth?
Construction site accident claims are incredibly complex and often involve multiple liable and injured parties. As such, the value of a claim is entirely dependent on the circumstances of the accident or collapse. HLM can help you seek damages for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages (current and future)
- Pain and suffering
- Property loss
- Funeral and burial expenses (in wrongful death claims)
In some cases, you may even be entitled to punitive damages as well.
Do you have a construction site accident attorney near me?
Harris Lowry Manton LLP is located at 1418 Dresden Dr NE, Suite 250, in Brookhaven, and serves all of Atlanta and Dekalb County. We maintain an additional office in Savannah for your convenience. We serve all of Georgia and are available to make home and hospital visits when clients are seriously injured and unable to come to us. We also offer virtual meetings and phone consultation.
Schedule an appointment with experienced Georgia construction site accident lawyers
If you have been injured in a construction or industrial site accident, do not hesitate to reach out to HLM to get help today. The Atlanta construction site injury attorneys of HLM routinely secure high-value verdicts and settlements for clients. We are dedicated to getting the results you need. Put our skills to work in your construction site injury case. Call our Atlanta office at 404-721-0281 or our Savannah office at 912-207-7250 to schedule a free consultation. You can also complete our contact form to initiate your free consultation.