As you work high above the ground, the chances for serious injury increase if you should fall. Scaffolding is used in various industries to provide extra protection for the workers, but it can fail if proper precautions and procedures aren’t followed. A scaffolding accident can be serious and life-threatening.
According to OSHA, the majority of accidents involving scaffolding happen because safety protocols aren’t being followed. Most of these accidents result from non-compliance to OSHA standards. The planking or supports may be loose or objects may fall from overhead. Workers often slip and fall because of hazards in the work area.
If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. You may need to speak with an attorney who can advise you on the steps to take.
Injuries from Scaffolding Accidents
The injuries you sustain from scaffolding accidents depend partially on how high off the ground you are. They are often quite serious and may cause long-term or permanent damage. Injuries commonly seen with this type of accident include the following:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Head trauma
- Broken bones
- Injury to the spinal cord
- Damage to internal organs
Medical care for these injuries can be quite expensive. Recovery can take months or longer, during which time you may be unable to work. Expenses commonly seen in these accidents include:
- Emergency medical care
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Home care
- Special equipment and devices, such as a wheelchair, prosthetics and braces
In addition to the cost of medical care, you will be out of work until you heal. If your injury results in a disability, you will most likely need to look for different work. You may need training to change your vocation. These expenses add up while you don’t have an income to provide for yourself or your family.
Get Help for Your Injuries
There’s no doubt that a major accident can place severe financial, emotional and physical hardship on the worker and their family. They have a right to receive compensation for these losses.
You may be able to file a claim against the employer if the accident was caused by negligence. This claim would give you the opportunity to receive a settlement for your damages and injury. You could receive a settlement for your medical costs as well as lost wages for your time off work. You may be entitled to future wages as well if you are unable to return to work. In addition, you could receive compensation for pain and suffering. If the injury led to the death of a loved one, you may be entitled to survivor’s benefits. While it won’t bring your loved one back, it can help you move forward with your life.
If you or a family member was injured in a scaffolding accident, you may be entitled to compensation. You can contact Weiser & Associates at 888-254-4697 or [email protected] to schedule a free consultation. We will fight for your rights and to see justice served.