Our Atlanta workers compensation law firm has learned that a supervisor at Appling Brothers Excavating and Grading Company fell 15-20 feet into a manhole at a construction site of a new Kroger store on Fence Road in Dacula, Georgia on Thursday, January 27, 2011. The Gwinnett Daily Post reported that the man was climbing down a ladder inside a concrete tower in the middle of a retention pond to adjust piping when the incident happened. A technical rescue team rescued him about an hour later and found him "conscious, alert and breathing" said Fire Department spokesman, Captain Thomas Rutledge. The construction supervisor suffered injuries to his lower extremities and he was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center for medical treatment.
The injured employee will automatically be entitled financial benefits under Georgia's workers compensation laws and potentially to a substantial settlement as a consequence of this incident. Our law firm has extensive experience in these types of cases and we have, unfortunately, often seen the value of the claims compromised as a consequence of a failure to quickly secure the assistance of an attorney. Insurance companies are concerned with limiting their financial exposure, and without a lawyer protecting the interests of these individuals, insurance companies work quickly to eliminate evidence detrimental to their interests. We hope that the interests of the victim of this terrible tragedy will be adequately protected, and we offer our legal assistance if desired.