Occupational and Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that approximately 65 percent of construction workers perform some aspect of their job on or from a scaffold. Thus, scaffolding incidents are very common.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a scaffolding incident, contact Victory Law Group, LLP today. We have the best personal injury attorneys and we will keep you informed every step of the way. We will ensure that you get full and fair compensation for your scaffolding accident. We are a contingency law firm so no payment is due upfront. No fees are owed until you received a favorable outcome.
Scaffolding Accident Statistics
U.S. Department of Labor statistics state that scaffolding accidents injure about 5,000 people and kill more than 60 every year. Many cases involve violations of OSHA safety standards, for example, absence of proper guardrails or ladders, inadequately trained crew, the use of damaged or weakened scaffolding, and excessive loads. If workers are not warned about the dangers of aluminum scaffolding, this can lead to severe burn injuries or even death from contact with power lines.
Mistakes That Lead to Scaffolding Accidents
Scaffolds can experience structural failure and most are due to human error. Some mistakes that lead to scaffolding accidents are:
- Scaffolding is not assembled correctly;
- Scaffolding is not properly secured;
- Scaffolding is assembled without proper handrails or guards;
- Scaffolding is not kept in good condition; and
- Scaffolding has not been adequately tested
All can lead to deterioration, collapse, and failure. Accidents can also occur due to slippery or loose scaffolding.
Workers’ compensation benefits mean employees can receive medical and disability benefits through their employer’s insurance. However, these laws also prevent employees from suing their employer for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. In order to obtain damages and losses for pain and suffering, the employee must sue a third party. Contact Victory Law Group, LLP and let us handle you scaffolding accident with your employers insurance for workers compensation and/or your personal injury claim with a third party.
You may be able to pursue a third-party liability lawsuit in addition to workers’ compensation if any of the below were involved in your scaffolding accident:
- Scaffold subcontractor liability
- Defective scaffold and other equipment
- Property owner premises liability
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If you are a construction worker who has suffered a scaffolding injury contact the best personal injury attorneys at Victory Law Group, LLP today and let us get you compensation for medical and financial damages.