Construction sites are dangerous places to work, especially when workers must do much of that work suspended or supported by scaffolding. Workers who sustain injuries in scaffolding accidents may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits or compensation from a third-party claim, depending on who is liable. For help determining scaffolding accident liability and filing a claim for compensation, call Jason Schultz: 404-474-0804.
How can scaffolding accidents happen?
The type of scaffolding (e.g., supported, suspended, or aerial lift) may affect how an accident occurs, but the results are often devastating for any type. Scaffolding accidents can happen if:
- A worker falls off of scaffolding
- The scaffolding collapses
- Scaffolding falls or collapses, crushing a worker
Does liability affect my ability to receive compensation?
When a worker sustains an injury on the job, he is entitled to receive workers’compensation benefits through his employer’s insurer. A worker can receive these benefits regardless of fault, unless he sustained the injury while intoxicated or while engaging in activities not within the scope of his employment.
Unfortunately, workers’ compensation benefits only cover medical, rehabilitation, and income benefits. Fortunately, you may have another option.
If your injury was the result of a third party’s negligence (i.e, not your employer or co-worker), you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against that party. For example, if the scaffolding you were on collapsed because of a defect in the scaffolding itself, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
In addition, depending on the circumstances on the accident, the property owner may be liable if he did not maintain the property, i.e., the ground was unlevel and the property manager did not alert workers.
You may also be able to hold another subcontractor liable if, for example, he bumped the scaffolding with a vehicle, causing you to fall.
If you are able to prove third party liability and subsequent injuries, you may be able to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one suffered severe or fatal injuries in a scaffolding accident, you do not have to go through this process alone. For help filing a claim or lawsuit, gathering evidence, proving liability, and negotiating settlements, call a construction accident lawyer from the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. in Atlanta today.
Contact Jason today: 404-474-0804.