Skilled Savannah Construction Injury Lawyers Fight for Your Rights
Helping injured workers and site visitors throughout Georgia
Construction sites can be dangerous places. When outside parties act in a negligent way, or when the site is improperly secured, or when a piece of machinery or equipment is defective, people can sustain devastating injuries. Recovering after such an injury can be difficult enough, but mounting medical bills and daily expenses can add to that burden.
At Harris Lowry Manton LLP, we protect the rights of workers, site visitors and passers-by who have been injured while on or near a construction site. Our attorneys in Savannah have the resources, experience and skills to handle complex construction injury claims. We have obtained significant awards for our clients, including a $4.5 million settlement for a client who was injured when a road contractor failed to maintain a roadway near a construction site. When you need aggressive, comprehensive counsel, we are there to protect your future and your family.
Quick stats about construction injuries in Georgia
Over the close to five million private-sector workers in Georgia, about 177,000 worked in construction in 2015 (the most recent year available). About 4,400 private industry construction workers sustained non-fatal injuries or illnesses. More than half of those injuries led to job restrictions, days lost from work, or a job transfer.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent news release states that there were 180 fatal work accidents in Georgia in 2015, and “the private construction industry sector had the largest number of fatalities with 38.” Falls were the primary cause of death, but “exposure to harmful substances or environments” came in second.
What are the most common causes of injuries on construction sites?
Because of the nature of construction work, certain types of injuries are more likely than others. Some of the most common causes of these injuries and illnesses include:
- Falling from heights. Falls are a leading cause of workplace injuries, and falls from heights can be especially dangerous. A fall from a ladder or a scaffold can lead to broken bones, brain injuries or spinal injuries.
- Electrical burns and shocks. Any job site will become more dangerous when there are live power lines, or exposed or faulty wiring. Workers and visitors are also at risk of being electrocuted.
- Malfunctioning or defective equipment. Construction sites are full of heavy machinery and power tools. You can easily lose a limb, be hit on the head, or be crushed between two objects if a piece of machinery malfunctions.
- Trench collapses. When the ground is unstable, it can literally fall out from underneath you. Trench collapses can lead to crushing injuries or suffocation.
- Chemical use and exposure. Poor ventilation, inadequate safety equipment, defective storage containers or procedures – all of these can cause workers, site visitors and bystanders to be exposed to toxic, illness-inducing chemicals and irritants. Long-term exposure can lead to permanent damage and terminal illnesses.
- Vehicle crashes. Whether the vehicle in question is transporting materials, people or both, a vehicle crash can lead to serious injuries. These types of collisions can happen on-site as well as off-site, putting workers, visitors and bystanders at risk.
Why you want an experienced Savannah injury attorney on your side
If you are an employee of a construction company, and you sustain an injury or develop an illness, you may be able to collect benefits under Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws and bring a separate claim against negligent third parties.
- If you were hurt while working in a construction site
- If you were hurt while visiting or passing near the site
- If you were hurt in a car crash in a construction zone or by a vehicle leaving the construction zone
- If you were injured by a defective piece of equipment
- If you were intentionally injured by another employee or your employer
Then, the right move is to work with an experienced Savannah work injury attorney. At HLM, we have spent decades honing our craft, building our network of resources, and developing creative strategies to protect our clients’ best interests. We examine the scene of the injury ourselves, so we can see first-hand what our clients have experienced. We work with local law enforcement, doctors, and key witnesses to build a strong case. If the insurance company refuses to do what is right, we put the full power of our firm behind our clients, and fight for what they need and deserve.
Savannah’s trusted lawyers for construction injury claims
Dealing with the after effects of a serious worksite injury can be challenging; choosing the right attorney to represent you should not be. Harris Lowry Manton LLP fights for injured construction workers in Savannah and throughout Georgia. Let us fight for you, too. To learn more about our services and successes, or to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Savannah construction injury attorney, please call 912-417-3774, or fill out our contact form. You can also call us in Atlanta at 404-998-8847.