South Carolina Scaffolding Accident Attorney
Scaffolding Accident Attorneys
Scaffolding accidents can be frightening and Cataclysmic. Falling from a scaffold or being caught in a scaffolding collapse can cause severe injury. According to the Occupational and Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 65 percent of construction workers perform some aspect of their job on or from a scaffold. This high percentage makes scaffolding accidents an unfortunately common occurrence.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a scaffolding accident in South Carolina, please don’t hesitate to contact Joe and Martin Law Firm for help. Our scaffolding accident attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary in dealing with these, as well as all types of construction accident. We can help you process your accident claim in a timely an precise manner and assist you with all medical and legal matters along the way. To discuss the specifics of your case with one of our dedicated legal team members, call us toll-free today at (843) 357-8888. Let us help you get your life back on track.
Scaffolding Accident Statistics
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, scaffolding accidents injure about 5,000 people and kill more than 60 each year. Most cases involve violations of OSHA safety standards, including:
- Absence of proper guardrails or ladders
- Use of damaged or weak scaffolding
- Excessive loads
- Inadequately trained crew
- Use of aluminum scaffolding near power lines
For more detailed information of OSHA safety standards and training requirements for scaffolding use, you can view their website by clicking here.
What Are the Common Mistakes That Lead to Scaffolding Accidents?
Due to the excessive use of scaffolds in the construction industry, proper care and usage is an absolute must in order to prevent an overabundance accidents. Human error such as incorrect assembly, poor maintenance, and inadequate testing are the biggest factors of scaffold structural failure. Slippery or loose scaffolding can also lead to accidents on the job.
Investigating Third-Party Liability
There are laws in place that allow all workers who are hurt on the job to file for workers' compensation benefits to cover their resulting medical expenses after an accident. However, these same laws prevent the injured employee from suing their employer for compensation for non-economic damages. Only when a liable third party is present can an injured employee collect for damages like pain and suffering.
A scaffolding subcontractor, the manufacturer of defective scaffold, and property/premises owners are all possible third parties who may be held liable for negligence in the wake of a scaffolding accident. Our personal injury attorneys will thoroughly examine and investigate your accident case to help you find out if such a party is, in fact, involved and liable.
We Look Out for Workers
If you were injured in a scaffolding accident at your construction job site, the best logical next step is for you to contact an attorney for help. The scaffolding accident attorneys at Joe and Martin can help you get the full and fair compensation you deserve from any and all liable parties concerned. You shouldn't have to deal with the painful aftermath and ensuing medical expenses of a scaffolding accident yourself, especially if you are not at fault. Contact our office at (843) 357-8888 or fill out an online form to learn more about what we can do for you.