Construction work is strenuous activity, and workers must often push themselves on a consistent basis to meet the demands of their job. Certain workers are asked to climb to great heights, and if safety protocols are not in place, serious medical injuries may result. One such situation involves scaffolding. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 2.3 million people nationwide work on scaffolds every day, and each year more than 60 deaths and 4,500 injuries occur. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction or scaffolding accident, contact the Memphis scaffold accident attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz to learn more about your legal options.What Causes Scaffolding Injuries?
Some scaffolding injuries are simply the result of bad luck. Others, however, are a result of faulty equipment. OHSA estimates that 72% of workers injured in scaffold accidents are injured due to the planking or support giving way, or the employee slipping, being struck by a falling object, or injured through another construction site danger. Other causes of scaffold injuries include poor weather, electrocution, and heavy equipment on the scaffold. These types of injuries can be largely prevented by complying with OHSA standards, yet many construction project managers fail to follow relevant safety procedures.
Scaffolding-related injuries vary in significance and degree. Common scaffold injuries include broken bones, bruises, and lacerations from the fall. More serious injuries may include traumatic brain injuries and damage to the skull from objects being dropped from above. Worst of all, an accident involving scaffolding may result in paralysis or the wrongful death of a loved one.Proving Damages Following a Scaffold Accident at a Construction Site
Many injuries suffered in a scaffolding accident are covered by traditional workers’ compensation insurance. However, workers’ compensation is not always enough for one to afford life’s necessities while out of work for an extended period of time. Depending on the facts, workers’ compensation may not be the only method of recovering any damages suffered. For example, if a third party (one other than your company) is responsible for the accident and resulting injuries, you may have a legal claim against that third party. Our scaffold accident attorneys help workers in Memphis and elsewhere by looking into all potential theories of recovery, including third parties or other companies that may have caused or contributed to the injuries.
If you have been injured in a scaffold accident, you may be able to recover for any medical expenses incurred in treating your injuries. Medical expenses can include physical therapy, surgery, doctors’ visits, and any in-home accommodations such as home healthcare. In addition, you may be able to recover damages that are non-economic in nature, such as emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. In construction accident cases, loss of income is particularly important. At NST, we have the resources and expertise to fully develop the damages portion of your case to help ensure you recover an adequate amount to make you whole again. With over 30 years of experience handling a wide range of personal injury cases, our Memphis scaffold accident lawyers understand what dedicated and individualized representation entails.If You Were Hurt in a Scaffold Accident, You Have Rights
If you have been hurt while working on scaffolding, call our office today. Our personal injury attorneys are ready to speak with you and help point you in the right direction. Every day, we represent people hurt at work, including those who suffer falls while doing manual labor. We have recovered over $1.5 billion for our clients located across Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including cities like Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jackson, Tupelo, Oxford, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Cape Girardeau, and Paducah. To set up a free consultation with a scaffold accident lawyer in Memphis or elsewhere in the South, contact our office toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form. Let us show you why NST is the way to go.