New York Scaffold Accidents

Construction is arguably the most dangerous industry in New York City. It accounts for more workplace deaths than any other profession, and according to a sobering report from the NYC Health Department, its fatality rate is five times higher than that of all other industries. From 2007 to 2014, falls were to blame for more than half (58%) of construction fatalities, and of these falls, one quarter involved scaffolding.

These numbers may not surprise residents of New York, who seem to encounter scaffolding everywhere they go. The city is constantly under construction, and construction means scaffolds. Too often, these industrial projects also lead to preventable scaffold injuries.

If you were injured in a scaffolding accident, you may be able to recover significant financial compensation. Keep reading to learn how a Morgan & Morgan scaffold accident lawyer in New York can help.

Causes of Scaffolding Accidents

According to the Health Department, from 2007 to 2014, “at least one safety violation was cited in more than 90% of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) fatality investigations” in the construction industry. These tragedies are often preventable, arising from health violations related to one or more of the following areas:

  • Scaffolds
  • Training
  • Fall protection
  • Protective gear
  • Hazard communications
  • Recording and reporting

Types of New York Scaffold Accidents

Most scaffold injuries are falls and/or scaffold collapses. These falls can be exacerbated or even caused by the code violations mentioned in the above section. For example, a construction worker might fall off a scaffold because it wasn’t properly constructed — or maybe they weren’t properly trained. The materials may have been defective, or the worker may not have been wearing any protective gear.

For a host of reasons, another party could potentially be held liable for personal injury. In this case, they could owe compensation to the person injured by the scaffolding.

New York Scaffold Accident Injuries

Scaffold-related trauma can be severe, even fatal. These are some of the most common injuries that occur in these cases:

  • Concussion
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Organ damage
  • Death

Proving Negligence

If you were injured in a New York scaffold accident and believe that your employer, an equipment manufacturer, or another party was at fault, you might be wondering how to go about proving it. “Negligence” is the legal term for liability or responsibility in an accident. Proving liability generally involves satisfying the following criteria:

  • The other party owed you a duty of care. They were responsible for operating the construction site (or building the scaffold) in a safe manner, and they failed to do so.
  • They breached their duty. The other party breached their legal obligation to avoid harming you.
  • Their breach caused the accident. The other party’s actions were responsible for the accident, making them legally liable.
  • There were losses suffered as a result. The other party’s actions caused you injury and/or property damage.

Potential Damages

If you or a loved one was injured in a New York scaffolding accident, you may be able to hire one of our scaffold injury lawyers to seek compensation for:

  • Lost wages/loss of earning capacity
  • Past and future medical bills
  • Physical therapy
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of life’s enjoyment
  • Funeral expenses (in the event of a loved one’s death)

Speak to a New York Scaffold Accident Lawyer

If you were injured in a New York scaffold accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Morgan & Morgan. Our highly skilled attorneys can review the facts of your case to determine liability for your injury and help you collect financial compensation during this difficult time. To date, we have recovered more than $5 billion for our clients.

Best of all, we work on a contingency fee basis, so there’s no cost to get started, and we get paid only if you win. To learn more, schedule a free case evaluation now.

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