Construction sites are filled with many hazards for workers. So, it makes sense that these job sites are some of the most dangerous work environments. When you are injured in a construction accident, you face serious injuries that are costly and require extensive healing time. You need compensation to help cover your bills and give you breathing room to recover.
Workers’ compensation was created to benefit workers. No matter who is at fault, you can submit a workers’ compensation claim. Experienced attorneys are essential in handling these types of applications. If you have been in a construction accident, you should seek legal representation to handle your case.
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers are experienced Rome workers comp lawyers. Our legal team has successfully handled many construction accident cases. We know that it can be overwhelming once you have been in an accident. Most victims have serious injuries that keep them out of work. Some of the more severe injuries can keep them out of work for years.
Getting compensation is essential to the healing process. It would help if you covered your expenses while you are out of work. If you or someone you know has been injured in a construction accident, you should reach out to our offices today. We provide free consultations to answer your questions and go over your options.
Are construction accidents different from other workplace accidents?
Yes. In our experience, construction accidents cause serious accidents. The amount of heavy machinery, high voltage electricity, and power tools can create situations for catastrophic injuries. Most victims suffer from injuries that can affect them for the rest of their lives.
It is our responsibility to get you the compensation to help you move past your accident. No amount of money can turn back time, but it can help you with medical bills and other expenses.
Another aspect of construction accidents is the difficulty that workers have filing claims. The industry collapsed in 2008 and has had a hard time recovering. Workers can have language barriers with their supervisors. Some employers might also discourage employees from filing a workers’ compensation claim.
It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against you because you have filed for workers’ compensation. Having a legal advocate on your side can protect your interests and keep you from making mistakes. If your employer is advising you against filing for workers’ compensation, you should contact us today.
How do you file for workers’ compensation?
When you start working at a job, you are protected by workers’ compensation for injuries. The government established this system to give workers a chance to heal while still receiving payment. These claims can cover your medical bills and a portion of your salary. However, most applications will not include all of your expenses, but they can help. If you have been injured, you should be focused on your recovery. Workers’ compensation gives you the ability to do so.
When you are injured at work, you need to notify your supervisor. In the state of Georgia, you only have 30 days from the date of your accident to file for workers’ compensation. If you miss this window, they can deny your claim.
Then, you have a year from the date of your accident to file a workers’ compensation claim. It may seem like you have much time, but these deadlines can sneak up on you. It can take a while to receive any compensation from your claim, so we recommend filing as soon as possible.
My employer says that I’m at fault for my accident, now what?
Many victims of construction accidents seek workers’ compensation to cover their injuries and damages. If you are trying this type of claim, fault in your accident doesn’t matter. Workers’ compensation was purposely developed not to include failure.
You’re not allowed to sue your employer for your injury. Instead, it would help if you went through workers’ compensation. It is the responsibility of your employer to have insurance to cover your damages. You are eligible to file workers’ compensation as long as you have been injured while you were at work.
Is a workers’ compensation claim different than a personal injury claim?
Yes. As we just mentioned, workers’ compensation does not require us to assign fault. So, you can file for this compensation as long as you have been injured. A personal injury claim is a total opposite. We must determine who was responsible for your accident.
Then we must prove that they were negligent, and this is why you were injured. We have handled many construction accidents cases, whether our clients wanted assistance with a personal injury or workers’ compensation claim. Contact our office to go over these possibilities.
My employer is helping me, do I really need a lawyer?
Yes. Your employer already has an insurance company and a legal team representing their interests. Even if they seem like they are helping you, they are going to watch out for their own interests. In fact, you could have your claim denied. Most people think that workers’ compensation is guaranteed, but it’s not. An insurance company will take every opportunity to deny your claim so that they can save themselves money.
What is the time limit to file a claim from a construction accident?
It depends on the type of claim you are filing. If you are registering for workers’ compensation, you have a year from the date of your accident to file your claim. However, you must notify your supervisor within 30 days of your accident. With a personal injury claim, you have two years from the date of your accident to file. Although there are some circumstances when you have less time, make sure you contact an attorney as soon as possible.
You deserve compensation for your construction accident injuries
Your injuries can flip your life upside down, and you need compensation to move forward. It’s harder to heal from your injuries if you’re worried about paying your bills. If you have been injured in a construction accident, you need to act now. Contact a workers compensation lawyer today to go over your case.