Were you injured by falling debris at work? You could be entitled to compensation for injuries, lost wages, and more. Hawk Law Group can help you with a workers’ compensation claim or appeal. And we can determine whether you’re entitled to seek additional compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent third party.
We have over 71 years of combined legal experience, and we’re committed to helping you get every penny you deserve. Initial consultations are free and confidential, so contact us now at (706) 722-3500.
How Hawk Law Group Can Help After a Falling Debris Workplace Accident in Augusta, GA
Workers’ compensation is available to most people injured on the job in Georgia. But the claims process is not always easy to navigate. And your employer’s insurance company may not make it easy for you to get the benefits you’re entitled to. If you let us take the lead, we can take care of everything while you take the time you need to rest and recover.
Our Augusta workers’ compensation lawyers will:
- Monitor the status of your workers’ compensation claim
- Collect documentation to support your claim or appeal
- Determine who was responsible for the falling debris and whether you can file a third-party lawsuit
- Represent you at all administrative and court appearances
- Negotiate with insurance companies for a fair settlement
We are highly skilled at handling all levels of workers’ compensation administrative claims. But we’re also experienced trial lawyers who are prepared to litigate a civil lawsuit if necessary.
We’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars in life-altering settlements and verdicts for our clients. We are well-prepared to see your case through, no matter what twists and turns it takes.
What Causes Falling Debris Accidents?
Falling debris routinely causes injuries in construction accidents, but it can occur at other work sites as well. Merchandise can topple from shelves in retail or grocery stores, and office supplies can avalanche from the supply closet in any type of business establishment.
Some common causes of injuries from falling debris are:
- Failure to secure items on scaffolding or cranes
- Stacking items too high
- Lack of guards where items are stored
- Improper use of machinery, such as forklifts or cranes
- Collapse of machinery
- Slippery or uneven surfaces
- Failure to tie down loads in dump trucks or other vehicles
- Negligent supervision
- Lack of signage warning of falling debris
- Failure to adhere to OSHA regulations
- Defective safety equipment
If your employer is the sole party responsible for the falling debris, workers’ compensation benefits are probably your only source of recovery. You typically can’t sue your employer for negligence.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Falling Debris Injuries
A wide range of injuries can occur if you are hit by falling debris or objects, such as:
- A concussion or other traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Cuts and abrasions
- Wrongful death
If you sustain a workplace injury, you must report it to your employer within 30 days. Even if you think someone else was responsible, like a contractor or vendor, report it anyway. Failing to do so could mean you lose your right to workers’ comp benefits.
What Compensation Is Available For Injuries Caused by Falling Debris?
Worker’s compensation benefits cover your medical treatment and two-thirds of your average weekly wage, up to a maximum set by law.
If you’re eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit because someone other than your employer was to blame for your accident, you could seek compensation for all economic damages (monetary losses) and non-economic damages (pain and suffering).
That means you could receive compensation for:
- All past and future medical care
- The full value of lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Costs associated with rehabilitation
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Emotional difficulties, such as anxiety and depression
- Loss of enjoyment of life activities
It’s possible to pursue a workers’ comp claim and a personal injury claim, depending on the circumstances. Personal injury claims are generally worth more than workers’ comp claims.
Not everyone can file a personal injury case for workplace injuries. On the other hand, it’s a source that an inexperienced attorney or one without the time or resources to investigate your claim could overlook. Hawk Law Group has the experience you need and will handle your case with confidence. Contact our Augusta workers’ compensation attorneys today for help.
Injured By Debris Falling on a Work Site? Schedule a Free Consultation With Hawk Law Group
Debris falling on work sites can cause catastrophic injuries or death. If you were hurt in a workplace accident, contact Hawk Law Group for help. Whether you need to file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury lawsuit, we have the experience, training, and dedication to get you the maximum financial award available to you.