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Scaffold Accidents

Every year, millions of Americans work on scaffolds. In major urban areas, it’s rare to go more than a few blocks without seeing one. Typically made from steel or lumber, these temporary elevated platforms can be quite complex in design, depending on their intended use. When not assembled and maintained properly, they can collapse and cause serious harm — not only to the construction workers who use them but also pedestrians and drivers passing below.

The fact is, no one expects to be hit by a scaffold or falling debris, but life is full of the unexpected. If you suffer an injury in a scaffolding accident, you might be wondering what your legal options are. With the help of a Morgan & Morgan personal injury attorney, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other expenses. Here’s what you should know.

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  • Types of Scaffolding

    Construction sites often require scaffolding so workers can access high levels of structures that are either being built or renovated. When properly designed, assembled, and used, scaffolds provide workers safe access to locations that are difficult to reach otherwise. They also provide a stable working platform and an area to store tools. There are two primary types of scaffolding you’ll find at construction sites:

    • Steel: Steel scaffolds are a popular choice among construction companies. Although more durable than their wood counterparts, steel scaffolds nonetheless must be connected properly to keep everyone safe.
    • Lumber: Wood scaffolding is less frequently used than steel but can likewise lead to serious injury for pedestrians when not assembled and maintained properly. Failure to check weight limits and install proper footings are common errors.
  • Causes of Scaffolding Accidents

    Scaffolding accidents generally involve either a collapsed scaffold or falling debris. Typically, construction workers use equipment such as screwdrivers, drills, window cleaning equipment, hammers, and other tools. Accidents are commonly caused by the following:

    • Unsecure scaffolding
    • Too much weight on the scaffold
    • Carless assembly of the scaffold
    • Malfunctioning brakes
    • Insufficient maintenance
    • Lack of safety inspections
    • Negligent supervision
  • Scaffolding Injuries

    Scaffolding injuries are often the result of the scaffold support giving way due to defective equipment or improper assembly. Falling objects can also seriously hurt people walking or operating vehicles below. Some common scaffolding injuries include:

    • Cuts and bruises
    • Broken bones
    • Spinal cord injuries
    • Concussions
    • Traumatic brain injuries
    • Organ damage
    • Paralysis
    • Death
  • Contact Morgan & Morgan

    If you suffered an injury in a scaffolding accident, you may be able to recover compensation for lost wages, reduced earning capacity, medical expenses, past and future medical bills, loss of enjoyment in life, emotional distress, and more. The highly skilled legal experts at Morgan & Morgan can review the details of your case to identify who was responsible for your injury and help you collect the compensation you deserve. We work on a contingency fee basis, so it costs nothing to get started, and we get paid only if you win. Schedule a free case evaluation now to get started.

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