Construction Accidents Due To Defective ScaffoldingLast updated on: September 15, 2022
If you have been injured in a workplace accident that you think may have been caused by defective scaffolding, then it is important that you take the right steps to get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. As an employee, you trust your employer to provide you with equipment that will not put you in danger when you use it. If they are negligent and allow you to work on equipment that is not safe, then they should be held accountable.
If you have been injured due to defective scaffolding, call Zinda Law Group as soon as possible. Our experienced team can help you pursue the maximum amount of compensation available in your case. Contact us today at (800) 863 5312 for your 100% free consultation. You do not pay us anything unless we are successful in winning your case.
Common Causes Of Scaffolding Accidents
There are a lot of reasons why finding a defective scaffolding attorney can benefit you. The first of these is that an attorney will help you to narrow down the exact cause of your accident. Scaffolding accidents are caused in many ways, including:
- Defective parts, in part or whole.
- Inadequate scaffolding type for the job.
- Improperly installed scaffolding.
By going through the exact scenario during which you were injured, an attorney can provide you with a much more detailed look at what caused your accident and what each potential cause means for your case. This will allow you to form the strongest legal argument possible and prove that you have the right to compensation.
What is the Most Common Scaffold Incident?
There are a lot of things that could have caused your accident; however, and according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the most common hazards associated with all scaffolds includes:
- Falls from elevations.
- Instability or overloading, leading to the collapse of the scaffold.
- Being struck by falling material or tools.
- Electrocution from the scaffold’s proximity to overhead power lines.
If you have been injured due to these incidents, call Zinda Law Group today to discuss your potential case.
Common Scaffold Accident Injuries
Due to their height, falls from scaffolding can lead the victim to suffer serious, even life threatening, injuries. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries has a study showing 52 fatal falls from lower levels of scaffolding in 2020. Additional injuries may include, but are not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Broken bones, or fractures.
These injuries may cost you upwards of thousands of dollars and cause significant emotional trauma. For this reason, it is important to call Zinda Law Group today. Our knowledgeable team has the resources and ability to fight for your legal rights and help you pursue the maximum amount of compensation available for your physical and emotional injuries.
Preventing Scaffold Accidents
There are certain steps that can be taken to prevent scaffold accidents. For example, according to OSHA, fall protection is required when employees are working on 10’ scaffolding or higher above the next lower level. Further, fall protection is required on all supported and suspended scaffolds.
In order to prevent falls and subsequent injuries, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health also recommends the following:
- Comply with current OSHA regulations.
- Protect shield scaffold suspension ropes and body belt or harness system drop lines from sharp edges, abrasions, and hot or corrosive processes.
- Inspect all scaffolds and related components before each use.
- Inspect all fall protection before each use.
- Provide proper worker training.
Following these steps may help to keep you safe while working on scaffolding. If you have been injured, however, contact Zinda Law Group today.
What To Do If You’re Injured Due To Defective Scaffolding
If you have been working and are subsequently harmed by defective scaffolding, you may be left feeling confused and unsure of what to do next. Following the steps listed below may not only help to keep you safe, but may aid you in your future personal injury lawsuit:
1. Seek immediate medical attention.
2. Inform your employer.
3. Document the cause of the accident and maintain all records associated with your injuries.
4. Fill out any necessary paperwork, such as a workers’ compensation claim form.
5. Speak to an experienced attorney.
A knowledgeable attorney at Zinda Law Group can help explain these steps in more detail and guide you through the entire legal process. The legal system in Texas is known for being difficult to navigate, which is why it makes so much sense to get the help of the experienced attorneys at our firm.
Organization is the biggest key to you being successful in your case, and an attorney can get everything from complicated legal work to meetings organized for you. This will give you more time to recover from your injuries and get the many parts of your life that have been affected by your accident back in order. In the meantime, you can know that your best interests are being looked out for.
Speak To A Construction Accident Lawyer Today At Zinda Law Group
Having an attorney on your side will give you the highest chance of getting paid the compensation that you need. Expenses can pile up quickly when you are out of work because of an injury, which can put a lot of pressure on you. An attorney who is knowledgeable about defective scaffolding cases will understand this and get your legal case moving forward as quickly as possible.
Call a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney today at (800) 863 5312 to set up your free initial consultation. Further, you do not have to worry about paying us a thing unless we are able to win you compensation in your case. That is our “No Win, No Fee Guarantee.”
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