Firm Provides Skillful Legal Guidance After Construction Accidents in Georgia
Assertive litigator offers personalized service to clients in the Augusta area
Accidents on construction sites often happen quickly. There may be many different individuals and business entities associated with a building or repair project and the victim might not be certain who is liable for an unsafe condition. Augusta attorney Jeffrey S. Bowman investigates construction accident cases and battles to hold negligent parties accountable. Whether your injury stems from an equipment failure, faulty scaffolding or some other cause, my firm works to secure the compensation you deserve.
Effective lawyer handles injury matters related to building and repair sites
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established to help prevent accidents at construction sites and other workplaces. As part of its mission, OSHA collects information about injuries and has identified the most common types of deadly construction accidents. Known as the “Fatal Four,” this group was responsible for more than 58 percent of deaths during the last full year on record. It is comprised of:
- Falls — Approximately one-third of construction accident deaths are attributable to falls. Though detailed standards exist regarding scaffolding and other safety measures, some contractors and clients fail to fulfill their legal duty. Injuries can also occur when tools, debris or other objects are carelessly left lying around a site, creating a hazard.
- Impacts from objects — A dropped tool or falling beam can cause severe damage without warning. Even if different parties are pointing the finger at each other, I have the experience and determination to find out who’s to blame.
- Electrocutions — Electrical burns caused by faulty machinery or carelessness on a site may lead to permanent disfigurement. In these cases, I take on negligent manufacturers and other defendants that didn’t take proper precautions with electrical equipment so that victims can obtain relief.
- Situations where workers are trapped — Also known as “caught in between” injuries, these situations occur when someone is trapped beneath or between heavy materials or equipment. They can result from a building collapse, machine malfunction or a fall through an unsafe flooring.
Though most construction accidents fall into one of several general categories, each specific case is unique. You should speak with a qualified lawyer who can examine the circumstances of your claim and advise you as to what type of reimbursement you might receive for your injuries.
Attorney advises on potential OSHA violations linked to accidents
If you’ve been hurt in a construction accident, you should notify your employer as soon as possible to start the workers’ compensation process. This allows you to obtain reimbursement for your medical costs and a share of the income you will lose if you are unable to work. Workers’ compensation benefits do not require you to prove that anyone was at fault for the incident. You just have to show that it occurred during the course of performing your job duties. It is possible that the negligence of someone besides your employer contributed to your injury. This may occur if equipment fails or substandard materials are involved. In these situations, I can review your eligibility to file a personal injury claim, which allows you to collect damages, such as for pain and suffering, not available in a workers’ compensation case. There is a two-year statute of limitations on Georgia personal injury claims. By working with you as soon as possible after the accident, my firm has the best chance of locating the evidence and witnesses necessary to build a strong case.
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Jeffrey S. Bowman in Augusta represents individuals injured in Georgia construction accidents. Please call 706-303-1584 or contact me online to make an appointment regarding your situation and legal options.