Scaffolding Accidents - What You Need to Know

Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 26-Feb-2018

Scaffolding accidents account for thousands of injuries every year in the U.S. Employers have a responsibility to provide proper safety training to all employees who work on and around scaffolding. The United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) sets forth guidelines for employers to follow. This involves providing adequate safety equipment, training, guardrails, and other precautionary measures to help keep workers safe.

Injuries from a scaffolding accident may include:

  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord Injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Internal hemorrhaging

These injuries often require extensive medical treatment and care. You may need to undergo surgeries and physical therapy, and receive medication. Furthermore, you may be unable to continue working due to the severity of your injuries. Paralysis and other catastrophic injuries could permanently hinder your quality of life, because you will not be able to do the things you once enjoyed.

OSHA regulations apply to all types of scaffolding. These include suspension scaffolds, stairway-type ladders, and support scaffolds. Employers must take necessary steps you keep you safe on all kinds of scaffolding. If you are injured, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim.

Seek the Financial Relief You Need By Filing for Workers’ Compensation

In California, employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. This means, if you are injured in a scaffolding accident at work, or you suffer injuries in another type of on-the-job incident, you can receive compensation by filing a claim. Depending on the situation, you may be able to receive a settlement for a variety of damages.

You may be entitled to a settlement for:

  • Temporary disability
  • Permanent disability
  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills

Under workers’ compensation laws, you will not be able to receive compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, or other types of non-economic damages. However, you will be able to receive compensation for your medical expenses and treatment, as well as lost wages. It is important to request a copy of your medical records to use when calculating the amount of compensation you will need for your injury.

Temporary partial disability benefits will be available if you are able to work in a limited capacity while you heal from your injuries. On the other hand, temporary total disability benefits will be available if you are completely unable to work while you heal. These are paid at the rate of 2/3 of your average weekly salary. You may also be eligible for permanent partial and total disability benefits, which will be determined by your doctor.

Call Our Glendale Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Today at (818) 946-0608

The Law Offices of Wax & Wax has guided numerous clients to successful legal solutions. If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident or another type of incident at work, we can help you file a claim and pursue the settlement you deserve. Our team of Glendale workers’ compensation attorneys will discuss your options and uphold your rights from start to finish.

We offer free consultations for all prospective clients. Contact us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable lawyers.

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