Scaffolds represent a common fixture on construction work sites and also operate frequently throughout cities with tall buildings that require external maintenance.
When falls and other scaffolding accidents happen, they can yield devastating—even fatal—injuries. Knowing this, construction foremen and other maintenance supervisors must take special care to provide proper training and safety equipment, and to ensure that the scaffold itself is in good repair, with no faults or defects.
If you sustained injuries in a scaffolding accident a Zanes Law scaffolding accident lawyer in Phoenix, AZ will investigate to identify the party liable for your injuries and fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us at (866)-499-8989 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that 4,500 scaffold-caused injuries and 60 scaffold-related deaths occur annually.
OSHA studies further reveal that 72 percent of scaffolding-related injuries in the construction industry happen as a result of the worker slipping, an object falling, or the plank giving way.
The most common scaffolding accidents are:
- Worker slips and falls from the scaffolding
- Scaffolding is improperly installed
- Worker did not use safety equipment (harnesses and/or ropes)
- Objects, like tools, or construction material falls from the scaffolding
- Scaffolding is faulty or defective
In the above example causes, several individuals and entities stand out as potentially at fault for the scaffolding accident and liable for an individual’s injuries.
Types of Scaffolding Accident Injuries
Scaffolds present enormous threats to workers and passersby. The height at which people work on scaffolding and the tools that they take with them to do their work means that that falls of objects and people can produce serious injuries.
Some common, life-altering injuries stemming from scaffolding accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken and fractured bones
- Severe burns and lacerations
- Eye injuries
- Limb amputations
- Shoulder and back injuries
Some scaffolding accidents can produce fatal injuries. If you have a loved one who died as the result of injuries sustained in a scaffolding accident, you may consider pursuing wrongful death action. Zanes Law’s wrongful death lawyers would be honored to represent you in this matter. Call us at (866)-499-8989.
What To Do After Your Scaffolding Accident
It is safe to say that your scaffolding accident took place as you were doing your job. In this event, you have a couple of options for how to proceed in your pursuit of compensation: workers’ compensation and/or personal injury claim or lawsuit.
Regardless of your approach, keep the following tips in mind as you move forward.
Notify your employer of your accident.
If you are going to proceed with a workers’ compensation claim, you have only 30 days from the date of your accident within which to let file an accident report with your employer. Failing to do so could put your workers’ compensation claim at risk.
Do not talk to anyone about your accident.
Even the most seemingly casual mention of a detail could derail your attempts to recover damages via an insurance company, your company, and/or a judge or jury.
Take pictures of the accident scene.
Also, glance around the area to check for surveillance video cameras that might have captured the accident on video.
Seek out witnesses.
Construction zones are teeming with workers. Perhaps you noticed someone in your area on the date of your accident. Seek him/her and other potential witnesses and ask for their contact information.
Get medical attention for your injuries.
Whether you think you need to or not, a trip to the doctor is a good idea. You might be injured in ways that will not manifest for days or weeks following your accident. It is a good idea to have a doctor check you out and look for signs of hidden injuries that only a medical pro how to identify. Furthermore, the doctor’s record of your visit will serve you well as evidence as we calculate your damages.
A Scaffolding Accident Lawyer in Phoenix Will Ease Your Mind
When we say our scaffolding accident lawyers in Phoenix, AZ will do everything from A to Z to see that you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages, we really mean it.
Here’s what you can expect from our scaffolding accident lawyers in Phoenix, AZ:
- We will travel to wherever you are to work with you on your case.
- We will gather evidence from the scene, photos, videos, witness testimonies, medical records, etc. to figure out the cause of the accident.
- We will collaborate with economists, as well as medical, vocational, and life-planning experts to calculate the value of your case.
- We will prove fault and liability for your damages.
- We will compose a demand letter featuring your itemized list of damages to be paid by the liable party and send it to that party’s insurer.
- We will negotiate aggressively with the insurer to arrive at a fair settlement.
- If the insurer fails to agree to a fair settlement, we will file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf in civil court.
- We will litigate on your behalf.
- We will negotiate with the defense’s attorneys to try to arrive at a favorable settlement for you.
- We will champion your case to the judge and jury, so they see your pain, understand the defense’s liability for that pain, and compensate you accordingly.
Types of Damages You May Recover in a Scaffolding Accident Case
Depending on the nature of your injuries, you may be entitled to seek recovery for the following types of damages:
- Ambulance transportation
- Physician’s fees
- Prescription medicines
- Pain management meds
- Lost wages
- Lost benefits
- Replacement services
- Diminished quality of life
- Diminished future potential earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
If a scaffolding accident caused the death of a loved one, you have the right to pursue wrongful death action. Our legal team will represent you in this effort.
You Will Gain Peace of Mind When You Hire Us to Represent Your Scaffolding Accident Case
Zanes Law will not charge you a dime in lawyer’s fees unless and until you receive compensation in your scaffolding accident case.
Your peace of mind stems from knowing that our law firm will do everything from A to Z to see that justice has been served, and you are on your way to financial recovery. Call us today at (866)-499-8989.