A fall from a scaffold can cause serious injuries and have life-changing consequences, including extensive medical bills, dwindling income, and a reduced ability to work even after recovery.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in a work-related scaffolding accident, turn to the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine for help. Our scaffolding accident lawyers can help you pursue workers’ compensation benefits or other compensation from the parties liable for your accident. To learn more about how we can help you, schedule a free consultation by calling 1-800-747-3733.
Investigating Your Scaffolding Accident
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ranked scaffolding among the 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards violations in 2017. We will conduct a thorough investigation into your scaffolding accident to determine whether your employer correctly followed all scaffolding safety regulations.
Scaffolding accidents can occur for numerous reasons, including:
- Improper construction
- Overloading the scaffold
- Falling tools, work materials, or debris hitting the scaffold
- Lack of guardrails or personal fall arrest systems
- Loosening of the scaffold’s platform
- Lack of employee training on scaffold safety
Gathering Evidence in a Scaffolding Accident Case
Our legal team will work to secure evidence that verifies your injuries and establishes that another party’s negligence caused your scaffolding accident. This may include:
- Your medical records
- Reports from a federal, state or local government agency regarding your accident
- Statements from eyewitnesses
- Video footage of the scaffolding accident
- Records of your employer’s past safety violations
- Photographs of the accident scene
We may also enlist the opinions of construction safety experts or medical professionals to further strengthen your case for compensation.
Pursuing Compensation in a Scaffolding Accident
Employees can file for workers’ compensation through their employer when workplace accidents or job-related illnesses occur. Workers’ compensation benefits can help employees with the following:
Medical expenses include doctor visits, hospital stays, surgeries, prescription medication, physical therapy, and more.
This benefit pays a portion of the wages employees lose when they are unable to work due to their injuries or illness.
Funeral and Burial Expenses
When a work-related accident leads to the death of an employee, family members can recover compensation for funeral and burial expenses. A surviving spouse and minor children may also receive weekly benefits based on a portion of the employee’s average weekly wage.
A workers’ compensation lawyer in Florida can help you handle the paperwork while you recover from your scaffolding accident. To learn more about filing for workers’ compensation benefits, call us at 1-800-747-3733.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
When you receive workers’ compensation benefits, you give up your right to file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer. However, we may recommend filing a lawsuit if your employer’s negligence caused your scaffolding accident or if our investigation shows that other parties contributed to your scaffolding accident, such as the scaffolding manufacturer, the construction site owner, or other contractors.
Once we identify the parties at fault for your scaffolding accident, we can use the evidence we secured to prove the following elements of negligence:
- The at-fault parties had an obligation to take reasonable care to avoid causing an accident.
- The at-fault parties breached this obligation through negligence or carelessness.
- The at-fault parties’ negligence caused your injury.
- As a result, you sustained damages.
Proving negligence in your scaffolding accident can allow you to recover compensation from the parties responsible for causing your injuries and other damages.
Recoverable Damages in a Scaffolding Accident Lawsuit
Filing a lawsuit allows you to pursue additional compensation for your damages. For instance, workers’ compensation benefits do not award compensation for pain and suffering or punitive damages, either of which may be warranted depending on the details of your case.
You can calculate your pain and suffering by determining the physical, emotional and mental pain you experienced from the scaffolding accident. Punitive damages are intended to punish at-fault parties for their reckless and egregious behavior, which may help prevent injuries in the future.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim
Although family members may be able to receive benefits from workers’ compensation after the death of a loved one, survivors also have the option of pursuing a wrongful death claim for additional compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages and benefits, funeral and burial expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.
To find out if you are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit over your loved one’s scaffolding accident, contact a Florida wrongful death lawyer at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine for a free case review.
We Offer Free Consultations with One of Our Scaffolding Accident Lawyers
If you suffered injuries in a scaffolding accident, we can discuss your options and help pursue compensations for your damages. Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 to schedule a free consultation with one of our scaffolding accident lawyers today.