Immediately After a Georgia Worksite Accident
If you've been involved in a Georgia worksite accident, there are a few things you'll want to do immediately after the incident, if you're physically able.
After a Georgia worksite accident, you'll want to:
- seek medical attention;
- report the accident to your employer or site manager;
- get contact information for any witnesses;
- photograph the area where the Georgia worksite accident occurred; and
- gather evidence.
As early on in this process, contact an Atlanta Workers' Compensation attorney for guidance on how to strengthen and protect your claim, particularly if you believe your employer may have any reason to deny your claim or undervalue your compensation.
Liability for a Georgia Worksite Accident
Remember that by accepting Workers' Compensation benefits, you typically will forfeit the right to pursue any action against your employer or fellow employees for your accident injuries. Because of the wide range of construction projects, from single-family homes to towering office buildings, there are often any number of people or organizations that may be held liable for a Georgia worksite accident besides your employer. Depending on the circumstances of your work situation, this may include a construction site owner or a sub-contractor.
Third-Party Liability for a Georgia Worksite Accident
You may want to consider filing a Georgia personal injury claim if a third party was responsible for your injuries. This could include any group that wasn't directly in charge of you, or may not even have been on the property at the time of the accident, but whose actions (or lack thereof) were directly linked to the accident.
Third-party liability really comes into play with faulty design or defective equipment, and can include:
- engineers; and
- machinery manufacturers.
No matter who was liable, an Atlanta Workers' Compensation attorney can talk to you about the implications of your work-related accident and whether you have options beyond Workers' Compensation. An Atlanta Workers' Compensation attorney with experience involving construction accidents where issues of third- party liability come into play may be able to help you plan a course of action to seek damages to address your injuries and lost wages.
Contacting an Atlanta Workers' Compensation Attorney
Injured workers typically have a right to benefits in a Workers' Compensation claim. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 404.467.0909.