Construction work is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. The number of injuries and deaths each year is horrifying.  Sadly, this fact is not surprising. The work requires heavy equipment, hazardous machinery and work at great heights — all facts that make the job incredibly risky.

Those who work in construction are not the only ones in danger in and around a construction site. In fact, innocent bystanders often find themselves recovering from injuries they have sustained while passing by.  This is particularly true in Atlanta, where construction sites seem to dominate the city. It is no secret that the construction industry operates under heavy regulation; however, accidents still occur.

Unfortunately, not every company is in compliance with safety regulations. This negligent behavior often results in serious accidents with significant physical and emotional damage.  Treatment can be costly, and these injuries can be life changing; sometimes they even result in death.

If your accident was the result of negligent behavior, you may be entitled to compensation, but obtaining it can be challenging. It is not a road you should travel on your own. Consider engaging a reputable Atlanta construction accidents lawyer to help guide you through the process.

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The team at The Stoddard Firm knows Georgia law and is experienced in managing construction industry lawsuits in and around Atlanta.

Contact them today at 470-467-2200 to schedule a no-cost consultation and learn if you may be entitled to a settlement.

Why Choose the Stoddard Firm to Represent You?

Our Atlanta Construction Accidents Lawyer Can Help Maximize Your Settlement

Accidents happen, especially around construction sites. As a victim, life is often uncontrollable. That said, in the aftermath, the smartest thing you can do is to control what you can, beginning with identifying the right construction accident lawyer to represent you. This choice is an important one; working with experienced and knowledgeable professionals can have a significant impact on your case.

In Atlanta and the surrounding areas, The Stoddard Firm is renowned for their work on construction industry accident cases.  Consider what we bring to our clients:

  • Construction Accident Legal Experience: Matt Stoddard, the founding partner of our firm, leads a team of professionals well-versed in handling construction accidents. They leverage their decades of combined experience to help individuals injured on construction sites maximize their compensation.
  • Clear Understanding of Georgia Law and the Local Courts: Our entire team is well-versed in Georgia law and skilled at holding liable those whose irresponsible actions resulted in injury to another. Additionally, we are intimately familiar with the local legal system; we have firsthand experience with the courts, judges, and attorneys.
  • Focused Approach to Client Service. As a victim of an accident on a construction site, you have a lot to handle. We appreciate the strain on your life, as well as your physical pain and emotional anguish. Our team is known for providing compassionate and responsive service.
  • Proven Reputation: Throughout the Atlanta area, our name is synonymous with quality service and success. We are proud of our reputation for providing our clients the service they need and advocating diligently in their best interests.

We are well-prepared to represent you and guide you through the construction accident legal process. Our commitment to providing hands-on, personalized service is strong — it is the premise on which our firm was founded.  We are ready to go to work for you immediately.

What The Stoddard Firm Will Do for You

We Manage the Entire Legal Process So You Don’t Have To

After a construction accident, victims often struggle with moving forward. They are overwhelmed with their injuries and rightly concerned about their future. Quite simply, they don’t know what to do or how to do it.

This is where we add value.

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When you engage our construction accident attorney you rest assured that all aspects of your case will be managed efficiently and effectively.

We appreciate the significant stress you are under and are committed to working with you. You need the advice and counsel of a professional who is on your side, with your best interests at heart.  Your employer’s advice is always going to be geared toward the benefit of the company.  You need someone on your side.

We understand the importance of a settlement to your future.  You can expect our team to:

  • Investigate the Accident: Knowledge is power, and the more we can learn about your accident and the details surrounding, it the stronger your case will be.  We will conduct a thorough investigation of what happened, paying attention to all of the details.
  • Interview Witnesses: While statements taken the day of the accident are valuable, we will personally interview witnesses to your accident. We know the right questions to ask in order to gain a clearer picture of what actually occurred.
  • Share Our Legal Options: Depending upon the facts of your case, you may have more than one option to pursue.  We will discuss these with you and advise you about what we believe makes the most sense for your particular situation.
  • Identify and Calculate Your Losses: We will help identify the totality of your losses, including estimating long-term medical treatment or care, if necessary. You have only one chance to get the compensation you need; we can help make sure nothing is overlooked.
  • Complete and File All Paperwork: It goes without saying that construction injury cases require a great deal of paperwork.  Completing it correctly can be challenging. We will handle this for you and ensure that everything is filed in a timely fashion.
  • Communicate on Your Behalf: One of the results of a construction accident is a host of messages from insurance companies and attorneys.  We know how to appropriately handle these conversations, so we have our clients refer all inquiries regarding their accident to our Atlanta team.
  • Negotiate and Litigate: We are skilled negotiators who know how to maximize our clients’ settlements. While most of our cases are settled during this phase, we will not hesitate to litigate in court if we do not believe the offered settlement is appropriate.

As a construction accident victim, you simply don’t have the knowledge, experience or capacity to manage the legal process effectively. We will handle everything for you, always keeping you apprised of our progress.

If you have been involved in a construction accident in Atlanta or the surrounding area, contact us today at 470-467-2200 to schedule a consultation. Learn just how powerfully we can support you.

Where Does Responsibility Lie?

Your Employer Is Responsible for Your Well-Being

Many who have been injured in Atlanta construction accidents wonder who is responsible. This is particularly true for Individuals who were injured while at work.  Construction site safety regulations are clear and extensive, and failure to follow them puts the lives and well-being of workers at risk. Construction companies are responsible for the safety of their employees.

Construction sites are heavily regulated, and employees are encouraged to proactively report unsafe conditions to OSHA, with legal protection from workplace retaliation. Sadly, the laws and regulations in place to protect workers are not universally followed, and violations are often hidden.

For example, some employers have been known to buy required safety equipment after an accident has already occurred and intimidate workers into pretending it was available all along. In one instance, a company went so far as to try to block an OSHA inspection by parking forklifts in front of the doors and turning off all the lights. These are just a few concealment attempts that OSHA knows about; many more have likely gone unexposed.

Your employer is well aware of their responsibility to provide a safe workplace and safety training. Before writing off an injury as clumsiness or as the inherent risk of construction work, think seriously about whether your employer has lived up to this vital obligation. You may need to consult a construction accident attorney to find out if your employer violated safety regulations.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Construction Site Injuries

Our Atlanta Construction Accidents Lawyers Provides Answers

Those injured in construction site accidents have many questions. They are concerned for their future and unsure of how to proceed. While the answers to many questions are dependent upon the facts of a case, below we have shared some more general concerns that we hear quite often, along with our responses.

Who is liable for my construction site accident?

Depending upon the circumstances surrounding the incident, any number of people/organizations may be held liable. These include the construction company for whom you work, the equipment manager if you were injured by a product defect, and even architects and engineers. Others who may be liable include property owners, subcontractors, and safety managers. An experienced construction accident attorney will investigate the situation surrounding your accident to determine the party, or parties, who are responsible. More than one person or organization may have been negligent and can be held liable.

What are some examples of negligence of which my employer may be guilty?

Your employer is legally responsible for taking care to protect you. Issues that can result in injuries for which they may be held responsible include failing to abide by OSHA rules, not properly inspecting the site, failing to provide appropriate safety equipment, not appropriately marking the worksite with caution tape and signs, and neglecting to inspect all equipment and machinery.  Your construction accident lawyer can help identify acts of negligence.

How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?

According to Georgia Code Section 9-3-33, the statute of limitations for personal injury in Georgia, in most cases, is two years from the date the injury occurred. However, some exceptions do exist. Your construction injury attorney can explain these to you.

What is a third-party lawsuit?

Third parties in a construction injury lawsuit may include property owners, subcontractors, and equipment managers, among others. Basically, anyone other than your employer. Your Atlanta construction injury attorney can help identify third parties that may have been responsible for your accident.

We hope this information is valuable to you. That said, we are well aware you likely have many more specific questions.  Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation where we can provide insight on your personal situation.

Understanding Construction Injury Accident Compensation

Categories of Damages

How much money can I expect my settlement to be? This is a question we hear often, but are unable to answer without better understanding the details of your accident, your injury, and its impact on your life.  The state of Georgia allows for the following damages:

  • Economic: These damages are quantifiable and include medical expenses (current and future, including rehabilitation if necessary), lost wages, and lost future earnings.
  • Non-economic: These damages are more difficult to quantify, but are equally relevant in construction accident cases. These can include emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and permanent disability or disfigurement.
  • Punitive: Finally, if the negligence in the case was deemed willful or gross, the courts may also award punitive damages. These are not meant to compensate you for any type of cost. Instead, they are used to deter similar behavior in the future and punish the individual/company for their actions.

Once we have more details on your story we will be able to help determine what you can expect to receive. Because each accident is unique, as is its effect on the victim, no two cases or settlements will be identical.

We will work carefully to help identify and calculate all of your losses and substantiate them when necessary. Our team is committed to maximizing your settlement.

The Stoddard Firm Is Ready to Go to Work for You

Contact Our Experienced Construction Accident Lawyers in Atlanta

Construction accidents are terrifying and result in injuries and situations that can only be described as overwhelming. You cannot move forward with legal action alone. Having an experienced construction accident lawyer on your side can make all the difference in situations like this.

Our team is ready to leverage our experience and go to work for you. We appreciate the stress you are under as you recover from your accident; we have a reputation for being kind and sympathetic communicators with our clients and aggressive negotiators and litigators with insurance companies.

When you work with the team at The Stoddard Firm, you can rest assured that we will handle every aspect of your case. We manage everything from investigation through negotiation and litigation, including all administrative processes. You can focus your energy where it is most needed — on your recovery.

Those whose negligence has contributed to the injury of others should be held responsible. This tenet is one which we hold dear. Call us today at 470-467-2200 for a free consultation and learn how we can help you.

Attorney Matt Stoddard

Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer Matt StoddardMatt Stoddard is a professional, hardworking, ethical advocate. He routinely faces some of the nation’s largest companies and some of the world’s largest insurers – opponents who have virtually unlimited resources. In these circumstances, Mr. Stoddard is comfortable. Mr. Stoddard provides his strongest efforts to his clients, and he devotes the firm’s significant financial resources to presenting the strongest case possible on their behalf. Matt understands that his clients must put their trust in him. That trust creates an obligation for Matt to work tirelessly on their behalf, and Matt Stoddard does not take that obligation lightly. [ Attorney Bio ]

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