Scaffolding can be found everywhere at construction sites, offering access to work areas that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to reach. But with this ease of access comes significant risk, and if those erecting the scaffolding fail to exercise due diligence, it’s the construction worker who can suffer.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a scaffolding accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your damages in a construction accident claim. The best way to learn about your rights and options is to speak with Mickey Fine in person. Please call (661) 333-3333 to arrange your free consultation with our Bakersfield construction accident lawyer.
What Causes Scaffolding Accidents?
Scaffolding accidents are often symptoms of greater negligence that may manifest itself in other areas of the construction site. Some of the specific circumstances that may cause a scaffolding accident include:
- Failure to properly assemble the scaffolding
- Failure to adequately maintain the scaffolding
- Failure to install critical safety features like handrails, guardrails, bars, or similar devices
- Failure to properly secure the scaffolding
- Failure to safeguard the scaffolding in inclement weather, creating slippery conditions
In short, any kind of negligent behavior on the part of those responsible for constructing and maintaining scaffolding may constitute grounds for compensation. Scaffolding accidents are almost always preventable. In fact, according to the United States Department of Labor, “72% of workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident either to the planking or support giving way, or to the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object. All of these can be controlled by compliance with OSHA standards.”
What Kinds of Injuries can I Sustain in a Scaffolding Accident?
Scaffolding accidents can cause any number of injuries, but common injuries include:
In the severest cases, scaffolding accidents can result in death.
What Kinds of Damages can I Recover?
Every case is different, but you may be able to receive compensation for losses related to:
- Medical bills and hospitalization
- Lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
Families who sue on behalf of a loved one killed in a wrongful death case may also recover damages for loss of companionship, loss of employment-related benefits, funeral and burial expenses, and loss of a loved one.
Bakersfield construction accident lawyer Mickey Fine has over two decades of experience holding negligent parties accountable. Please contact The Law Offices of Mickey Fine today at (661) 333-3333 to schedule a free case evaluation with our Bakersfield construction accident lawyer.