Working on scaffolding can be very dangerous. Scaffolding accidents are very common, such as when someone falls from a scaffold or is injured on scaffolding. No matter how high workers are from the ground, they risk their lives working on scaffolding. If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident, consult a lawyer from The Walthew Law Firm immediately.
What are the steps to make a scaffolding accident claim?
There are five steps in the procedure for filing a scaffolding accident claim. These are:
Report the scaffolding accident to your employer
Employees who are injured on the job must tell a supervisor within 30 days following the injury. This is extremely important in ensuring your eligibility for workers’ compensation and your right to file separate legal claims against the party or parties responsible for the scaffolding accident.
Get help from a lawyer to investigate the scaffolding accident.
After any kind of construction accident, it is crucial to get the help of an experienced attorney or law firm to investigate on your behalf. The goal of your lawyer’s investigation will be to collect the evidence required to prove the liability.
Figure out the cause of the scaffolding accident
Your lawyer can determine what caused the scaffolding accident based on evidence and expert testimony. Some of the most common causes of scaffolding accidents are:
- Violations of scaffolding safety standards
- Faulty scaffolding design
- Slip and trip hazards on scaffolding
- Faulty scaffolding construction
- Exceeding a scaffold’s weight capacity
- Failure to properly maintain scaffolding
- Failure to properly inspect scaffolding
Failure to comply with general scaffolding safety regulations is one of OSHA’s top ten most commonly cited standards violations.
Determine who is liable for the scaffolding accident
Once the cause of the scaffolding accident has been determined, your lawyer will work to determine who is to blame for your injuries or the death of a loved one. For example, if the accident occurred due to the faulty design of the scaffolding, then the company that designed it would be held liable for the accident.
Determine what claims you can file
Finally, you can discuss your legal options with your lawyer. Keep in mind that certain deadlines are in place, so it is important to act fast.
Get professional legal help today.
If you or a loved one has been injured, or if a loved one has been killed due to a scaffolding accident, you do not have to sit in silence and suffer. Reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney today and get the legal help you deserve.