Falls are the main causes of construction fatalities in the United States. Many of these falls occur in scaffolding accidents. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that falls caused 359 deaths in 2014.
Scaffolding accidents can leave injured workers and pedestrians or surviving family members with high medical bills, funeral costs, and much pain and suffering. In many cases, these injured parties can recover compensation from the party at fault. Call a scaffolding accident lawyer in Fort Lauderdale to discuss your options.
The attorneys at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. are passionate about helping injured victims or surviving family members get the compensation they need after another person’s negligence caused their injuries. Call us to schedule a free consultation today: 954-524-2820.
OSHA has implemented regulations to ensure the safety of those using and dismantling scaffolding equipment. These regulations cover topics including:
Despite OSHA’s strict scaffolding safety standards, many people still get injured in scaffolding accidents. Some of the causes of these accidents include:
A person can experience various injuries in a scaffolding accident. These ailments and injuries include:
Such serious injuries may require long-term hospital stays, medical treatments, physical therapy, and countless surgeries.
Scaffolding accident victims or their families can recover damages from those responsible for their injuries. If your accident occurred while you were on-the-job, you may be able to recover workers’ compensation.
If you are an outside party or a worker, you may also be able to file a claim against one or more third parties to recover additional damages.
The purpose of workers’ compensation is to provide benefits to employees injured in work-related accidents. These benefits cover medical expenses and a portion of lost wages regardless of fault.
Injured parties may file claims and recover damages against third parties that are liable for their injuries. The first step will be determining against which parties to file suit. Potential liable parties include:
Because of the sheer number of people on a construction site at any given moment, determining the liable party can be difficult. We will examine and discuss your accident with construction experts to determine the liable party in your accident.
As with every personal injury claim, you must be able to prove the following elements of negligence:
Filing against a manufacturer requires proving a different set of elements. To file against a manufacturer under strict liability, you must prove:
If you can successfully prove that another party’s negligence caused your injuries, you can recover damages to help pay for some of your expenses.
You may be able to recover compensation for:
Whether you are a construction worker or a pedestrian, if you were injured in a scaffolding accident, you deserve compensation.
The attorneys at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L can assist you with the complicated process of filing a claim and building your case.
The legal team responsible for your case will introduce expert testimony and witness statements, as well as other evidence, to give you the best chance possible to win your case. To schedule a free consultation with a construction accident lawyer, call 954-524-2820 today.