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Understanding Workers’ Compensation For Scaffolding Accidents

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Understanding Workers’ Compensation For Scaffolding Accidents

Cardinal Law Partners August 31, 2020

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 4,500 injuries and 60 deaths occur in the US each year as a result of scaffolding accidents. If you are one of the individuals suffering from a scaffolding related accident injury, it’s likely that the injury has resulted in lost wages and costly medical bills. You likely have questions and Cardinal Law Partners may have the answers!

“After my scaffolding accident, what should I do?” ” Who is responsible for damages after a scaffolding incident?”

In the ideal scenario, individuals who are injured as a result of scaffolding accidents will immediately contact a knowledgeable and experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Certain things to be aware of, however, involving scaffolding accidents and workers’ compensation include safety measures and scaffolding; scaffolding accidents in the workplace; and third party lawsuits from scaffolding accidents.

Safety Measures and Scaffolding

There are many safety precautions put in place to prevent workers from getting a scaffolding accident related injury. Employers must take steps to safely maintain and construct scaffolding to better assure their workers’ safety. In order to maintain the same set of expectations across the board, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has put out a detailed list of safety standards, requirements, and regulations for scaffolding use.

Scaffolding Accidents in the Workplace

If you’ve been injured from a scaffolding accident, you will likely pursue damages/compensation through a workers’ compensation claim. Injured workers can receive benefits like medical care through worker’s compensation laws. Employees do not need to prove that the employer was at fault or negligent for the accident. In fact, in some circumstances, workers’ comp benefits can still be received by the employee even if they were partially at fault for the injury/scaffolding accident.

On occasion, however, there is the possibility that an employee can present an additional claim for a personal injury claim against the company that set up the scaffolding.  Once again, as soon an injury on the job occurs, the injured employee should be in touch with an attorney who can represent them in a workers’ compensation claim. Your attorney can explain whether or not you have the basis for an additional lawsuit on top of a workers’ compensation claim.

Third-Party Lawsuits

If a third party’s negligence results in a scaffolding accident in which you were injured, you may be able to file a third-party claim. An example of this case might be if the scaffolding upon which you were working collapsed and was found to be defective. Under a product liability case, you may have a valid third-party claim against the manufacturer of the scaffolding.

Scaffolding Accident? Contact Cardinal Law Partners

Cardinal Law Partners has successfully defended injured workers’ rights across a number of workers’ compensation cases. If you have been injured on the job, your rights should be represented and fought for by a knowledgeable, experienced attorney.

Set yourself up with the best team in place by partnering with Cardinal Law Partners. Contact us today for a free consultation.