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Scaffolding Accidents and Injuries

Scaffolds are a standard fixture at many Philadelphia construction sites and account for numerous construction accident injuries in the United States each year. Scaffolding accidents-which can result in serious worksite injuries such as head, neck and spinal injuries-are often avoidable occurrences with long-term ramifications.

An Overview of Scaffolding Accidents

A Bureau of Labor Statistics study of data from 2003 to 2004 revealed that 72% of construction workers who were injured in scaffolding accidents stated that the incident occurred because:

 

  • The plank or support failed.
  • They slipped while on the scaffold.
  • They were struck by an object.

 

These types of scaffolding accidents can easily be avoided when an employer is following Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protocols on every worksite.

If you were injured in a scaffolding accident at a Philadelphia construction site, and you are facing huge medical bills and lost wages you should consult with a Philadelphia injury lawyer who has ample experience with construction site accidents and specifically, scaffolding accidents and injuries. You may be eligible for Workers' Compensation and additional damages through a third-party liability claim.

Why Scaffolding Accidents Occur

Listed below are some of the common factors in scaffolding accidents:

 

  • Defective construction equipment or installation
  • Falling or improperly secured objects
  • Inadequate worksite inspection
  • Too much weight on the scaffold
  • Deficient safety equipment

 

If you are working with a Philadelphia injury lawyer to seek compensation for your scaffolding accident injuries, they will want to get as many details as possible about the events that led up to your accident, the condition of the worksite and scaffold as well as the extent of the injuries that you have suffered.

Compensation After a Scaffolding Accident 

After a scaffolding accident you should immediately report the incident to your supervisor and file a request for Workers' Compensation, should you so choose. While Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation certainly can help you to address your immediate financial needs (including medical bills and some lost wages), you may find that it doesn't provide enough money to help you to cope with a permanent disability or long-term loss of income.

If you accept Workers' Compensation, you cannot bring a lawsuit against your employer. However, you and your Philadelphia injury lawyer might discover that a third party's negligence significantly contributed to your scaffolding accident and injuries. If that is the case, you might be able to bring a lawsuit against the liable third party in order to recover additional compensation.

In a scaffolding accident involving defective equipment, you may be able to bring a product liability claim against the manufacturer of the scaffold or any related equipment.

Help After a Philadelphia Scaffolding Accident

If you have suffered a serious construction site accident injury involving a defective scaffold you may have the grounds for a product liability lawsuit. A Philadelphia injury lawyer can talk to you about your options for filing an injury claim and/or product liability claim to seek compensation. You shouldn't have to suffer and pay for expensive medical bills that were caused by another person's negligence. Contact a Philadelphia product liability lawyer at White & Williams LLP today. We will provide a free, no obligation consultation on your case. 1-877-944-8396


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