Scaffolding poses a significant danger to workers unless contractors use this equipment safely and correctly. Construction falls, and scaffolding accidents can lead to severe injuries, permanent disability, and fatalities.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will help you hold the at-fault party responsible for their actions and your injuries. Call us today 1-800-747-3733 to schedule a free consultation with a scaffolding accident & injury lawyer in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Causes of Port St. Lucie Scaffolding Accidents
If you sustained significant injuries in a scaffolding accident, you need comprehensive treatment and medical care. If you cannot work as a result of a job site accident, you also need compensation for your lost wages. Getting hurt on the job may require that you file a workers’ compensation claim. However, workers’ compensation may not sufficiently cover all your losses.
If another party’s negligence caused your injuries, you could also pursue a claim against that third party.
For example, if a non-employer contractor improperly erects the scaffolding or the scaffolding is unsafe, then that party may be liable for injuries related to a scaffolding accident. If the scaffolding or safety equipment is unsafe, a manufacturer may be liable.
Whether you pursue a workers’ compensation claim or file a scaffolding accident injury claim against the at-fault, non-employer party, you have the right to seek compensation for your accident and injuries.
Claim Value for a Scaffolding Injury
Some of the most common types of injuries that result from scaffolding accidents include:
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Internal injuries
Our legal team can help you determine how much your scaffolding accident injury claim may be worth. We will identify the cost to date of your medical bills, emergency treatment, medications, and assistive or mobility devices. We will also include the total of your lost wages and any additional expenses.
Next, we will add in the value for your future treatment and care needs, including rehab, physical therapy, and in-home care. Based on how long your injuries will prevent you from working, we will add the projected loss of income and benefits.
Finally, we will add the value of any permanent injuries or disabilities you sustained along with pain and suffering and any loss of life’s enjoyment or loss of consortium.
Seek Help from a Scaffolding Accident & Injury Lawyer in Port St. Lucie
When you trust the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine to assist you with your scaffolding injury accident claim, you will have an advocate by your side to hold the at-fault party accountable for their negligent acts. If you have to go to court for your claim, you don’t have to go alone.
We will protect your legal rights and ensure you get the resources you need, so you can focus on recovery and healing – rather than worrying about how you will pay your bills.
We will put our network of resources together to build your claim, by gathering evidence and documents necessary to prove liability including:
- Accident scene photos or videos
- Witness statements
- Contractor safety policies
- Contractor accident history
- Site inspection reports
- Accident reports
- Safety expert testimony
- Medical specialist testimony
Once we complete the documentation of your claim, we will submit it to the at-fault party or their insurance company and initiate negotiations. For most of our clients, we successfully negotiate a fair settlement without having to file a lawsuit. However, should that become necessary, we will stand ready to move forward on your behalf.
Throughout the process, we will continue to work diligently on your behalf, to help ensure the best possible outcome in your case.
Proving Scaffolding Accident & Injury Liability
Once we determine responsibility for your scaffolding accident, we must demonstrate how their negligence led to your injuries and damages. To accomplish this goal, we look at the four legal elements of negligence in an injury accident claim.
Duty of care
The at-fault party owned you a reasonable duty of care to ensure your safety. Employers must provide appropriate training and require the use of safety gear at all times. General contractors working on scaffolding above a busy sidewalk owe passersby a duty of care to prevent debris or equipment from falling.
Breach of duty
If the at-fault party failed to exercise their duty of care, they become liable for any accidents that result. If your employer did have or enforce a scaffolding safety policy, for example, or if a contractor failed to install guardrails on a scaffold, we can demonstrate that they breached their duty of care.
When an accident occurs because someone breached the duty of care, negligence laws dictate that the at-fault party may be liable for damages suffered by the victim.
We must demonstrate that you suffered actual losses due to the accident. We accomplish this by providing copies of medical bills, wage statements, medical expert testimony, and any related documentation to support the value of your claim.
Schedule a Free Case Review with a Scaffolding Accident & Injury Lawyer
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine understands the challenges you face, and we are committed to helping you obtain the compensation you deserve for your scaffolding accident and injury.
Do not delay in seeking legal advice for your injuries. Florida imposes a statute of limitations that restricts the time you have after an accident to file a lawsuit. Call a scaffolding accident and injury lawyer in Port St. Lucie today at 1-800-747-3733 to schedule a free case review.