Nearly every worker involved in the construction industry will, at some point, be required to use scaffolding to work from a higher elevation. In fact, OSHA estimates that nearly two-thirds of construction workers use scaffolding on a daily basis to complete building-related work. Unfortunately, working from heights always creates the risk that you will suffer a fall—especially in cases where the scaffolding used is not properly installed or maintained—and injuries sustained in a scaffolding accident can be severe if not catastrophic.
At Matzus Law LLC, our skilled Pittsburgh personal injury lawyers understand that recovering from injuries sustained in a scaffolding accident can be a long, painful process. We have over two decades’ worth of experience helping victims of scaffolding accidents and other construction site accidents recover full compensation for their injuries, often outside of the workers’ compensation system. Regardless of whether you fell from the scaffolding or were injured from below, our lawyers have the knowledge and resources necessary to go to battle and protect your right to be fully compensated for your injuries. We offer a free initial consultation so that we can provide possible options in your case at no risk to you, so call or contact our office today.
Unfortunately, many scaffolding accidents are entirely preventable and are caused by the negligent or careless actions of someone else—often, the negligence of someone who was not required to climb the scaffolding at all is the root cause of a scaffolding accident. Scaffolding accidents can occur for a number of reasons, including:
Federal regulations provide detailed safety requirements that must be followed strictly when using scaffolding, such as rules regarding the use of fall protection for workers using scaffolding that is more than 10 feet above a lower level. Unfortunately, contractors and property owners often cut corners in order to get the job done faster or increase their own profit margins.
At Matzus Law LLC, our personal injury lawyers have spent years cultivating the knowledge and experience necessary to effectively represent victims of scaffolding accidents. Importantly, we understand all of the ways in which your injury might impact your life or create additional expenses, and we fight to recover compensation not only for your current pain and suffering but for all the ways the injury will impact your life in the future. Serious injuries that commonly result from scaffolding accidents include:
In some cases, workers’ compensation may be inadequate to provide for the expenses related to your injuries and does not provide any compensation for your pain and suffering. Pursuing an outside claim for additional compensation can become especially important in cases where your scaffolding accident injury results in long-term disability or catastrophic injuries where you are rendered unable to work even once your injury has technically healed to the extent possible.
To recover additional compensation in your case, we may be able to establish liability on the part of third parties who are not your employer, including:
If you or a loved one have been injured in a scaffolding accident in the Pittsburgh area, our lawyers are here to fight on your behalf to get the compensation you need to move forward. We work tirelessly to determine the root cause of your scaffolding accident and advocate aggressively on your behalf to hold all negligent parties liable for their actions. To discuss your options, call our office or fill out this online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with our experienced Pittsburgh scaffolding accident lawyers.
The amount of compensation available depends upon the type of injuries you sustained, the medical treatment plan and your likelihood of recovery. More serious injuries that require more extensive and ongoing medical treatment will result in higher compensation awards. The amount of compensation available can also be influenced by how your scaffolding accident was caused—situations where someone’s egregious disregard for your safety caused the accident may give rise to larger compensation packages. We will fight to recover compensation for all unreimbursed medical expenses, physical therapy, long-term disability, lost wages, lost future earnings, pain and suffering, and more.
The regulations governing safety with respect to the use of scaffolding are detailed and specific. For example, the scaffolding in question must be designed to hold at least four times the anticipated load that it will carry to prevent collapse. Additionally, netting or screens may be required to prevent objects from falling off the scaffolding and causing injury. Planks used to form the scaffolding platforms are required to extend at least six inches over the scaffolding supports, but no more than 18 inches. These safety standards have been developed based upon experience and over time, and when they are not carefully followed, the responsible party may be held financially accountable for any resulting accidents.
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