Don’t let your employer or its insurance company push you around after an accident.
Scholle Law has spent more than 20 years winning fair compensation for seriously injured Georgians.
We have offices in Atlanta, Decatur and Duluth.
In certain jobs, getting hurt at work is just a fact of life. In other professions, on-the-job injuries aren’t as common but still happen. Regardless of where you work and what you do to earn a living, federal and Georgia state worker safety rules are intended to reduce preventable workplace risks. Unfortunately, employers often ignore these guidelines to save a few bucks and boost their bottom line.
Millions of Americans are injured at work every year, and a few thousand die.
Of course, this statistic may not come as a surprise if you work in a high-risk job such as one that requires frequent driving (work-related motor vehicle accidents were the top cause of deaths on the job in 2018), use of heavy equipment or spending time at heights.
Meet Georgia personal injury lawyer Charles Scholle
Most Georgia employers are required by law to offer some kind of workers’ compensation benefits—and accepting these payments restricts your ability to sue your employer. However, some injuries that happen while you’re on the clock may be caused by people who don’t work for your employer, which requires you to sort out who is at fault and could be sued in a third-party personal injury lawsuit. These and other considerations can be tough to sort out.
If you were injured at work and would like to talk with an experienced Georgia injury attorney about your legal options and rights, contact Scholle Law for a free, no-obligation consultation. For more than 20 years, our lawyers have helped injured workers recover the money they need to pay their bills, receive the care they need to move on and more.
Why Scholle Law?
Charles Scholle has practiced personal injury law for over 20 years, and he is an experienced Atlanta, Georgia work accident lawyer.
Together with his skilled legal team at Scholle Law, Charles is able to leverage his depth and breadth of experience in every case.
The many years of experience held by our legal experts and paralegals greatly benefit our clients.
For each one of our clients, we skillfully negotiate with insurers to secure the best settlement possible — and we aren’t afraid to pursue litigation if necessary. We are proud to represent clients with serious work-related accident claims to help them get the recovery they deserve and to help give their families peace of mind.
Common causes of work-related accidents
Federal law assigns employers a legal obligation to make sure workplaces are reasonably safe. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, which established the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), requires businesses to make sure workplaces are free of known safety risks and comply with minimum standards applicable to their industries.
In construction, for example, companies must install guardrails, provide harnesses to workers and implement other safety systems to prevent falls that could be fatal. Despite these mandatory safety measures, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that thousands of American workers were injured each year from:
- Traffic accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Intentional violence by another person or coworker
- Slips, trips and falls
- Exposure to harmful substances at work
- Accidents with heavy equipment
- Struck by an object
- Overexertion, bodily reaction and repetitive movements
In the construction industry, the most common causes of work-related fatalities are falls, struck-by accidents, caught-in/between injuries and electrocutions. These dangers are so prevalent that they’ve come to be known as the “Fatal Four.”
Determining the ultimate cause of a work-related accident often requires skill and investigative expertise. It requires a legal team that is ready to go after every person or entity responsible for your accident or injury.
Most dangerous jobs in Georgia
Injured workers come from all industries and walks of life, but certain occupations are considered particularly high-risk. The most dangerous professions and industries in Georgia include:
- Mining, logging and other natural resource extraction
- Commercial drivers
- Waste management
Common workplace injuries
Injuries at work can result in death and catastrophic bodily trauma, including brain injuries, paralysis and severe burns. Such injuries can change your life forever — physically and emotionally. But they can also have a dramatic financial impact. A serious injury can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to treat, even with health insurance — just when victims are out of work and may not be earning the money to pay for those costs. If these injuries lead to lifelong disability or a death, that loss of income is permanent.
Some common injuries resulting from work-related accidents include:
When a workplace accident requires the help of an experienced injury lawyer
Accidents happen. But sometimes, the danger to a worker was highly foreseeable or was even the result of an employer choosing to ignore safety laws that clearly apply. If gross negligence played a role in your case, you may be able to recover additional compensation (beyond the scope of workers’ compensation) for your pain and suffering through a personal injury lawsuit.
Like all states, Georgia has a workers’ compensation program intended to provide compensation for injuries and replace lost income. This system doesn’t require you to prove that your employer or a coworker was at fault, and it even provides benefits if you were responsible for the injury. However, in exchange, you waive your right to sue your employer for compensation.
But that may not be the end of the story.
People who were injured by a third party (i.e. someone who is not you or your employer) may still be able to sue that party for their part in the injury or accident. Whether you can file this kind of lawsuit depends on the circumstances and nature of your injury. In general though, you might be able to sue a third party for a workplace injury if the injury was caused by:
- Another driver with no relationship to your work
- A defective vehicle, piece of equipment or part
- A contractor other than the one you work for at the same job site
- Utilities, clients or other parties that left hazardous conditions in place
- Anyone who committed a violent crime against you at work
As you can see, sorting out who is at fault for an injury can be complicated, especially when your employer refuses to cooperate. The legal relationships between the parties involved can also affect whether and how you sue. That’s why you should have an experienced Georgia injury attorney by your side when you’re considering this kind of claim.
Contact an experienced Atlanta work-related accident attorney today to protect your legal rights
If you’re seriously considering a workplace accident lawsuit in Atlanta or anywhere else in Georgia, you should call Scholle Law today. We offer free, no-obligation consultations, which are essentially meetings where we listen to your story and give you our best professional opinions about how a lawsuit might turn out. There’s no obligation whatsoever for you to move forward or hire us after these meetings if you aren’t comfortable doing so. We just want to provide you with answers.
Contact us to speak with a lawyer about your accident.We’re available 24/7 and your first consultation is free.
Call 866-972-5287 or send us a message online