Rockland County
Scaffolding Accident Lawyers

Scaffolding accidents are among the most common types of accidents that occur on construction sites. Unfortunately, they are also among the most devastating. If you or a loved one has been harmed or lost their life in a scaffolding accident, you can turn to the dedicated scaffolding accident lawyers at Mitchell J. Schroeder, P.C. for help through each step of the claims process ahead. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.

Scaffolding Accident Lawyers | Here for Injured Construction Workers

If you or someone you care about has been injured in a scaffolding accident, you need a lawyer who understands the often-complex and challenging nature of these cases. Fortunately, you are in the right place. The seasoned Rockland County construction accident lawyers at our firm are here to assess the circumstances of your case, and, from there, determine the best route forward.

Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents

Scaffolding accidents can occur for any number of reasons, but the most common causes of these accidents that we see are as follows:

  • Faulty scaffolding design
  • Careless scaffolding assembly
  • Poor scaffolding inspection
  • Missing or inadequate guardrails
  • Planking collapse or slippage
  • Debris or tools falling
  • Exceeding weight or height limits
  • Violating safety standards set out by OSHA

What to Do After a Scaffolding Accident

When a person is injured in a scaffolding accident, it is important to understand how to proceed. After the accident, the injured party must notify their employer or supervisor either the same day of the accident or the very next day. Doing so prevents an employer from saying that proper notice was not given. Additionally, the injured party should take pictures or videos of the accident or its aftermath and ask witnesses for their contact information. Injured workers must also seek medical attention immediately to treat their injuries and document them for a future claim.

Workers’ Compensation Claims in NYS

When a person is injured at work, it can be a stressful time. They often wonder when they will be able to get back to work and how they will cover the added expenses due to the accident. Because of this, workers’ compensation exists. This is coverage that supports injured employees while they focus on healing from their accidents. It provides them with peace of mind while they recover so that they do not have to worry about any additional costs. This coverage exists regardless of who is at fault for the accident. In New York State, workers’ compensation provides coverage for the cost of medical bills and a portion of an employee’s lost wages after an accident.

It is important to know that when an employee recovers workers’ compensation benefits, they are unable to pursue legal action against their employer for the accident.

Third-Party Lawsuits

There are some cases in which a third party causes a workplace accident. While the injured employee is unable to pursue legal action against their employer, it is important to know that they can do so against a third party. An injured worker may do so while still receiving workers’ compensation benefits. Sometimes, workers’ compensation is not enough to cover the damages due to the accident and a third-party lawsuit can make up this difference. A third-party lawsuit may provide compensation for both economic and noneconomic burdens.

Contact Our Scaffolding Accident Lawyers Today

Don’t face a workplace scaffolding injury on your own–contact a seasoned Rockland County scaffolding accident lawyer from Mitchell J. Schroeder, P.C. today for a free initial consultation.

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