Helping You Make Sense Of Your Injury Case After A Fall
Scaffolding is a common and necessary part of any construction site. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most dangerous. If you fell while on the job at a construction site, you may have suffered severe and long-lasting injuries. You will need a legal team that understands not just the law, but also your injuries and your future medical expenses.
At Golitko & Daly, P.C., our experienced lawyers and legal team includes a registered nurse and a licensed physical therapist, both of whom can evaluate your case from a medical perspective, including potential therapies, to help determine your medical costs for the future and what you may need to fully cover those expenses. Our team also includes a partner who focuses his practice on construction accident cases and is an Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA)-certified construction accident attorney.
Causes Of Scaffolding Accidents
The obvious risk of working on a scaffold is the height involved, making a fall or falling objects extremely dangerous to workers on the scaffolding and anyone beneath it. Common causes of these accidents include:
- Improper safety training or improper assembly of the scaffold, leading to collapse, falls or falling debris
- Slipping or tripping on the surface, leading to a fall
- Defective or inadequate safety equipment, leading to a fall
- Defective scaffolding parts, leading to collapse
- Objects falling onto workers on the scaffold or people below
- Electrocution, from having the scaffolding too close to an electrical hazard
As you can see, some of these accidents are caused by a failure on the part of the employer, which means they are covered by workers’ compensation laws, but some are due to negligence on the part of companies that manufacture and sell scaffolding equipment and safety equipment. If we can tie your accident to a company outside your employer, we will also pursue a personal injury lawsuit against that company for a defective product in addition to your workers’ comp claim.
Common Injuries Involving Scaffolding
Because scaffolding is often used to reach high work areas, falls from these heights tend to be serious, if not catastrophic. Common fall injuries often include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs): Head injuries can range from minor to severe and may be caused by falling or being struck by falling debris.
- Spinal cord injuries: Falling from a significant height can do permanent damage to your spine and may lead to either full or partial permanent paralysis.
- Broken bones: Multiple fractures are common with these types of falls.
- Internal injuries: You may have injuries to your internal organs that you cannot see, which is why being examined by a doctor is critical, no matter what.
- Severe cuts: Both falling and falling debris could result in deep lacerations, which need immediate medical attention.
Of course, you may have suffered multiple injuries in the fall. Our team will analyze your complete medical picture to figure out what kind of financial support you need now and in the future. In addition, falls are one of the leading causes of workplace fatalities on a construction site. If you lost a loved one due to an accident involving a scaffold, we can assist you with a wrongful death claim.
We Will Review Your Case For Free
We offer free case reviews and consultations. In addition, we never charge a fee unless we recover damages on your behalf. Set up your risk-free consultation by calling our Indianapolis office at 317-566-9600, our Kokomo office at 765-865-9300 or our Bloomington office at 812-566-2600. You can also reach us online.