“Fatal Four” Responsible for 6 in 10 Construction Worker Fatalities

Construction work is inherently one of the most hazardous jobs in the country due to the presence of heavy machinery, tall heights, strenuous activity, electrical hazards, caustic chemicals, and more. In fact, in 2014 alone, roughly 4,700 workers died after being injured in a workplace accident. The majority of these fatalities resulted from four main causes, which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has called the “Fatal Four.”

According to OSHA, the following types of accidents cause approximately 60 percent of all construction worker fatalities:

  • Falls. Without the appropriate safety equipment, such as harnesses and secure scaffolding, workers may fall from great heights. Fall injuries may also result from things like defective equipment, such as an old ladder.
  • Struck by object. Even relatively small objects can be lethal if dropped from a great height. If a worker is hit by a falling tool or piece of debris, the impact can be enough to cause catastrophic injury or death.
  • Caught in or between. This happens when a worker becomes wedged in between two objects; for example, becoming pinned between a vehicle and a wall.
  • Electrocutions. Construction workers often have to work with electrical systems on the job site. If the system is not correctly configured, or if a critical safety regulation has been violated, the worker could sustain a fatal electrocution injury.

Sometimes, workplace accidents result when negligent employers choose not to abide by OSHA safety regulations. If you believe your injury or the death of your loved one was caused by an employer’s safety violation, please call Amanda Hall Injury Law to speak with a Woodstock personal injury attorney. We may be able to help you obtain compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, lost wages, and, if applicable, loss of consortium, funeral and burial costs, and other wrongful death damages.

Backed by more than 45 years of combined experience, our firm has recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients since our firm opened in 1990. To learn more about your legal options after a construction accident, please call us today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. We accept calls 24/7 at .

Avoid Accidents with These Halloween Kid Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun night of the year for kids and adults alike. However, it is also a night when accidents are more likely to occur. With so much potential for accidents, it is important for parents to take the time to explain a few important safety tips to their children and prepare them for a safe night of trick-or-treating.

Here’s what you can do to keep your kids safe this Halloween:

  1. Increase visibility. Many Halloween accidents, specifically pedestrian accidents, occur in the dark when there is low visibility. In order to increase your child’s visibility, consider giving them glow stick jewelry to wear or adding colorful reflective tape to their costumes. Just make sure your children know not to ingest the contents of glow sticks – this results in hundreds of hospitalizations each year.
  2. Watch out for cars. Halloween is one of the most deadly nights of the year for pedestrians. In fact, children are four times more likely to be hit by a car than any other night of the year. In order to keep them safe, parents should chaperone their children while they trick-or-treat, as well as instruct children on pedestrian etiquette. This includes looking both ways before entering the street, not darting out between vehicles, and crossing at crosswalks when they are available.
  3. Stay off neighbor’s lawns. Not only is this a sign of respect for a homeowner’s property, but it can also save a child from being injured. Many Halloween decorations are tethered to front lawns with ropes and strings, and it can be easy for a child to trip over a tether or power cord in the dark.
  4. Choose an appropriate costume. Costumes with restrictive masks or costumes that are too big can cause a little one to trip or bump into something. Help your child select a comfortable, warm, and well-fitting costume that won’t restrict their movement or line of sight.
  5. Stay together. If your kids are a little older and you feel comfortable allowing them to trick-or-treat around the neighborhood without supervision, be sure to instruct them to stay with their group and to never enter a stranger’s home or accept a ride from someone they don’t know. They should also know to find a phone and call home immediately if they become lost or need help.

We hope you and your family enjoys a spooky and safe Halloween!

To speak with a Woodstock personal injury lawyer at Amanda Hall Injury Law, please call us at .

What Happens if I am Injured on Someone Else’s Property?

n Georgia, as well as throughout the country, property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe for guests. This means that if an invited guest is injured on their property, the owner may be held liable for any damages related to the accident.

Common causes of accidents include:

  • Broken, loose, or slippery flooring
  • Unswept debris
  • Missing handrails
  • Exposed or unsafe electrical wiring
  • Insufficient lighting
  • Inadequate security
  • Unfenced swimming pools
  • Unrestrained dogs

Demonstrating fault in premises liability cases relies on proving the following three factors: duty of carebreach of duty, and causation of injury. The first and most vital part of a premises liability case is establishing that the property owner had a legal responsibility to maintain their property so that it is safe for guests. This means taking basic precautions to reduce the chances of an accident, such as repairing broken tiles or promptly mopping up spills.

After the duty of care has been established, it must be proven that the property owner breached that duty by failing to correct a hazard that they had a reasonable opportunity to discover and rectify. For example, if a spill occurs in an aisle at a grocery store and the staff becomes aware, but doesn’t clean it up in a timely manner, the store may be held responsible for committing a negligent breach of responsibility.

Finally, it must be proven that the breach of duty is what caused the injury – for example, that the plaintiff sustained injuries when he or she slipped in liquid on the floor that hadn’t been cleaned up.

If you or a loved one has been injured through no fault of your own on another person’s property, it is a good idea to consult with an attorney at our firm about your legal options. You may be entitled to pursue compensation from the owner of the property to cover costs related to your accident, including medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. With decades of combined experience and a history of successful results, Amanda Hall Injury Law has what it takes to help you reach the outcome you desire. You pay nothing unless we win your case!

To schedule a free consultation with a Woodstock personal injury attorney at Amanda Hall Injury Law, please call out office at .

What You Need to Know About Georgia’s Dog Bite Law

Every year in the U.S., over 4.7 million people are bitten by a dog. Dog bite injuries can be extremely painful and expensive to treat. If you have been bitten by someone else’s dog in Georgia, keep reading to learn more about what you must do to seek compensation.

According to the Georgia Dog Bite Statute (O.C.G.A. 51-2-7), a dog bite victim must be able to prove the following three elements:

  • The animal is vicious or dangerous
  • The owner carelessly managed the animal, leading to the victim’s injury
  • The injured person did nothing to provoke the animal to attack

This statute applies not only to dog bites, but other types of injury caused by dogs as well. For example, if you are knocked over by a dog, hit your head on the ground, and suffer a head injury, you may be able to seek compensation under this law.

Georgia is a “negligence” dog bite state, which means that an owner must generally be aware of their dog’s propensity to bite in order for them to be held liable for any injuries. If an owner claims no prior knowledge of vicious behavior, it may be extremely difficult to prove liability. However, if the owner allowed their dog to roam freely off-leash in an area where an ordinance requires one, this may be enough to prove negligence.

Note that if the victim was bitten after teasing or hurting the animal, they will not be able to claim any compensation from the owner.

If you or someone you love has been bitten by a dog, you should consult with an attorney who can help determine if you have a case. Amanda Hall Injury Law, LLP has decades of combined experience handling these types of cases, making us well equipped to pursue maximum results. Since there is a statute of limitations in Georgia for personal injury cases, you must act quickly in order to avoid losing your right to legal recourse. Schedule a free case evaluation with a Woodstock dog bite lawyer when you call .

5 Things to Avoid After a Car Accident

A car accident can be a terrifying experience, and the aftermath can be incredibly stressful. In addition to dealing with painful injuries, you will also have the added headache of dealing with insurance companies whose primary goal is protecting themselves rather than you. In situations like these, it is important to put an experienced car accident attorney on your side who can fight to get you the fair settlement you need to recover from your accident.

Most people are aware of what they SHOULD do after an accident, including pulling over, exchanging insurance information, and calling an ambulance and/or the police if necessary. However, there are also some things that you SHOULD NOT do that are far less well known. In order to protect yourself and your claim, it is important to familiarize yourself with this information!

Here’s what you should avoid after a car accident:

  1. Admitting fault. Even something as seemingly harmless as saying “I’m sorry” could be construed as an admission of guilt, which could end up costing you your claim. Avoid discussing anything that has to do with who caused the accident and just stick to the business of exchanging insurance and contact information.
  2. Forgetting to document your accident. After an accident, you should take photos or videos of the scene of the accident, any damage to your vehicle, and any visible injuries. This can be valuable evidence to support your claim. Visual evidence from the photos can even help your attorney determine who was at fault for the accident based on the location of the damage on both vehicles.
  3. Neglecting to see a doctor. Even if you don’t immediately feel hurt, it is important to seek medical attention after an accident. Symptoms of whiplash or other common car accident injuries may not present for days or even weeks after an accident, and the longer you wait to seek care, the more likely any latent injuries will worsen. It’s better to get checked out and be told you’re OK than to wait too long and suffer longer lasting consequences. Furthermore, if you wait too long to see a doctor, this may harm your personal injury claim, so get it taken care of and documented as soon as possible.
  4. Giving a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster. Insurance adjusters are trained to find ways to pay as little as possible after an accident. One of the ways they find evidence to minimize or deny claims is to take recorded statements that they can then attempt to use against you later on. It is important to NEVER speak with an adjuster without a lawyer present.
  5. Allowing an insurance adjuster to access your medical records. Similar to the above, insurance adjusters are very good at looking for ways to deny claims. If you grant an insurance company access to your medical records, they will be able to dig through your entire medical history to find evidence they can use to reduce the value of your settlement – even if what they find has nothing to do with your current injury.

If you have been injured in a car accident in Cherokee County, get in touch with a Woodstock car accident lawyer at Amanda Hall Injury Law. We have more than 50 years of collective legal experience, have recovered 45 million of dollars for our clients already, and have the financial and employee resources to go toe-to-toe with major insurance companies. You can trust that we have what it takes to deliver exceptional results!

For effective counsel that you can rely on, contact our firm today. We’re available 24/7 to offer you a free case review.

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