Maryland Work Injury Lawyers: Scaffolding Collapses
Attorneys Helping Victims People Injured in Scaffolding Collapses and other Construction Site Accidents
The law firm of Alpert Schreyer, LLC, represents victims of all kinds of workplace injuries, including injuries sustained in a scaffolding collapse. A scaffolding collapse may not be the first accident that comes to mind when you think of accidents at a construction site, but they do happen and the injuries can be very serious. Sadly, scaffolding collapses can even result in death.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a scaffolding collapse, the attorneys of Alpert Schreyer, LLC, can help you get the compensation you deserve. Reach out to us at (844) 632-7274 or email us to schedule a free consultation.
What Causes Scaffolding Collapses?
Scaffolding collapses can happen for many different reasons, either due to the scaffolding itself or the people responsible for ensuring it is safe. Because scaffolding is a temporary structure constructed to facilitate the work that needs to be done, it is sometimes hastily constructed and without adequate regard for the workers’ safety. Here are some of the most common causes of scaffolding accidents:
- Poorly constructed or installed scaffolding
- Use of broken or damaged scaffolding
- Disregard of weight limitations or other specifications
- Missing or malfunctioning safety equipment
- Unsecured or unstable scaffolding
- Failure to properly maintain the scaffolding
- Use of scaffolding during severe weather or other unsafe conditions
The construction or use of scaffolding in the situations above presents a grave risk of very serious injury to the workers and anyone in the vicinity. In many cases, someone knew that the scaffolding was dangerous but failed to take the necessary precautions.
Who May Be Responsible?
If you’ve been injured in a scaffolding collapse, you are probably unable to work and facing mounting medical expenses. In order to receive compensation, you have to establish who is responsible for the accident, which is often more difficult than it sounds.
The obvious culprit is the construction company that you work for. Scaffolding collapses are often the result of poor construction or negligent maintenance. They may have failed to spot obvious safety issues or did not perform routine safety inspections. Maybe they ignored workers’ concerns regarding the safety of the structure. In some cases, the construction company failed to properly train employees on scaffolding safety procedures. In other cases, company management directed workers to use the scaffolding in conditions that were obviously unsafe.
However, there are other parties who may be liable instead of or in addition to the construction company. It could be that some of the scaffolding or safety equipment was defective. There may be a subcontractor who was using the scaffolding improperly, which lead to its collapse. Falling equipment or materials cause many scaffolding collapses, which may result from a party other than your employer.
In any event, it can be very difficult to identify the party or parties who are responsible for your injuries. Failure to sue the proper party can result in delays and compromise your rights to reasonable compensation. For this reason, you should always consult with an experienced lawyer after sustaining an injury.
Common Injuries Sustained in Scaffolding Collapse Accidents
A scaffolding collapse can result in serious injury and even death. Keep in mind, however, that those injuries may not be limited to just those working on the scaffolding at the time it collapsed—workers on the ground and in the vicinity of the scaffolding may also suffer serious injury.
Here are some of the most common injuries that result from a scaffolding collapse:
- Fractures and lacerations—broken bones and deep cuts
- Spinal cord injuries, including those that result in paralysis
- Injury to internal organs
- Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions and brain damage
If you’ve been injured in a scaffolding collapse, you should seek immediate medical attention if you haven’t already done so. That said, listen to your body—some injuries may not manifest themselves right away or may be worse than originally thought. Your injuries may require surgery or months of physical therapy. These injuries may not only limit your ability to work, but may severely limit you in your day-to-day activities. Don’t risk your health and your future—get proper medical treatment and don’t ignore any new pains or other symptoms.
Workers’ Compensation vs. Personal Injury Claims
It’s important to understand the relationship between workers’ compensation and a claim for personal injury. Workers’ compensation is designed to protect workers injured on the job by paying their medical bills and a portion of their lost wages. Many employers will tell you that you don’t need a lawyer in order to file a workers’ compensation claim. This is true, but you should be aware that the workers’ compensation system is very complicated, and your claim may involve multiple hearings and other proceedings that can be intimidating for the non-lawyer.
Many people ask if they can sue their employer for their injuries as part of a personal injury claim. Workers’ compensation is often your sole remedy for a work-related injury, but there are exceptions. For example, if your injury was caused by a third party or through the intentional conduct of your employer, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. In most cases, a personal injury claim will result in more compensation than you would receive through workers’ compensation benefits stemming from the same incident, so it is important to explore whether you can pursue a personal injury claim after any workplace injury.
Why You Need a Lawyer
If you’ve read this far, it may be obvious why we recommend that you hire a lawyer to help you with your claim. If you’ve been injured in a scaffolding collapse, you already facing numerous challenges in your everyday life—medical bills, lost income, and an uncertain future. The process for getting the compensation you deserve is not easy. An experienced attorney can help you navigate these difficult times.
The first thing your attorney can do is help you get the relevant facts and information in order to identify the cause of the scaffolding collapse. Your attorney will also help you document your injuries and the treatment you will need. He or she can then help identify who are the responsible parties, and then help you navigate the claims process or pursue a personal injury claim. In short, your lawyer can help you put your life back together.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Maryland Scaffolding Collapse Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a scaffolding collapse, the attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC, are ready to help. Call us today at (844) 632-7274 or send us an email to schedule your free case evaluation.