Scaffolding Accident Attorney in Philadelphia, PA
Scaffolding Hazards & Your Right to Compensation
Working on or around scaffolding can pose a serious hazard to any construction worker. Even pedestrians or passersby may be at risk of injury if a tool or other object falls from scaffolding or a structure collapses.
Although construction workers are well-aware of the hazards they face on the job every single day, they also have the right to working conditions that do not pose an unreasonably serious risk of harm. If they are injured in scaffolding accidents, they may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits on a no-fault basis. If a third-party caused their injuries, they may be able to pursue a personal injury or product liability action against the at-fault individual or company.
At The Villari Firm, PLLC, we represent people across Philadelphia and the surrounding areas who have been injured in scaffolding accidents of any kind. With our extensive experience in construction site accident claims and litigation, we are here to help if you or someone you love has been injured in a scaffolding accident. We offer a free consultation to talk about your injuries and how to pursue fair compensation.
Types of Scaffolding Accidents
Falls from heights account for one-third of all construction worker fatalities, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Scaffolding must be properly constructed, with protected sides and openings, for workers to avoid catastrophic injury or death.
The following are examples of hazards that may cause scaffolding falls:
- Unprotected sides and openings
- Unprotected floor holes
- Planking or support giving way
- Improper scaffold construction
- Improper use of portable ladders
- Unguarded, protruding steel rebar
- Unsafe access to scaffold platforms
- Failure to provide personal fall arrest systems
Workers below or near scaffolding may also be at risk of injury if netting is not in place or tools are improperly secured, and materials, tools, or other objects fall from scaffolding and strike them.
Your Philadelphia Scaffolding Injury Claim
Are you entitled to workers’ compensation or do you have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit? This is an important issue to consider after a scaffolding accident. Workers’ comp should cover all on-the-job injuries, regardless of fault. If a third party was to blame or your employer was grossly negligent in maintaining a safe work site, however, you may be able to file suit in civil court. This may open the door to additional damages not covered by workers’ compensation, such as pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and full loss of potential/future earnings.
As a Philadelphia scaffolding accident lawyer with over 20 years of legal experience, Heidi G. Villari is qualified to consider all the options available to you. To find out more about the steps The Villari Firm, PLLC can take to protect your right to full compensation, contact us to schedule your free, confidential consultation.