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Scaffolding Accidents, What You Need to Know



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The collapse of a scaffold, or a fall from scaffolding, can have serious consequences. If you have been injured in a scaffold accident, you need an experienced scaffold accident lawyer. The steps you take immediately after a scaffold accident can have a significant impact on your ability to pay for your medical expenses and seek lost wages through Workers’ Compensation. In addition you may also be entitled to commence a law suit to recover money damages for pain and suffering, loss of services of a spouse, lost union benefits, and other damages allowable by law.

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Evaluate your injuries — If you were hurt in a scaffolding accident, determine whether you need emergency medical attention. If so have someone call an ambulance and wait for emergency medical services to arrive. Do not allow someone to talk you out of seeking medical care if you have been injured. Answer all questions from medical providers truthfully. Do not allow your boss or foreman to influence your history on how the accident happened. Often times dishonest company owners attempt to influence workers to state that their injuries occurred off the job, so their Workers’ Compensation rates are not affected.
  • Get a medical examination — If you have been injured in a fall from a scaffold, have a complete medical examination. Give the doctors and other medical care providers a complete history of what hurts. Some injuries get worse and some injuries get better over time. Its important that your treating doctor establishes all injured areas, so that your case can properly be established for treatment as well as for Workers’ Compensation purposes. Don’t focus all your attention on the obvious injuries and ignore other trauma. The pain in your back may still limit your movement long after your broken leg has healed.
  • Notify your employer — Notify your employer of the accident as soon as possible the law requires written notice, this must be done within 30 days.
  • Take pictures — Use your camera on your phone to take pictures of everything, from your injuries to the scene of an accident.
  • Contact an attorney — The sooner you retain a lawyer, the sooner you can start preserving evidence to support your claim. In many cases involving scaffold collapses, or falls from scaffolds at construction sites, or building related trades, you may have a strong case to recover damages for personal injuries, pain and suffering as well as other economic loss in addition to Workers’ Compensation. Find out your rights, and what you may be entitled to as a result of your accident case.

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