Anyone who has ever worked in construction knows that working on and around scaffolding is part of the experience. The steel bars are a necessity both as part of the basic infrastructure of a building and as a place to reach high up places.
The Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) publishes very specific guidelines for scaffolding construction in order for it to be considered safe. Unfortunately for thousands of construction workers each year, these safety requirements are often ignored in the name of cost and expediency.
Even when the safety requirements are upheld, working on scaffolding is a dangerous job. Accidents can happen and do happen on a regular basis. Those who are lucky only suffer minor bruises; however, all too often, scaffolding accidents result in permanent paralysis, brain trauma and broken bones. In the worst cases, people have died due to faulty scaffolding.
If you or a loved one is injured on the job, workers compensation benefits can ease the financial burden of being out of work. All construction companies are legally required to carry workers compensation insurance, and your attorney can help you to get the maximum payment available under the law from the insurance company.
In some specific cases, you may be entitled to additional damages by suing third parties or if the injury was the direct result of your employer’s negligence on the worksite.
The bottom line is that if you or a loved one has been injured in a scaffolding accident, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. Your attorney can help you to get the money you need and deserve in order to recover from the accident and move on with your life.