Construction sites are notorious for being dangerous environments for workers and visitors alike. One of the primary causes of construction accident injuries is falls from ladders and scaffolding, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports more than 30 deaths and 25,000 injuries each year are caused by ladder and scaffolding accidents.
For anyone working at a construction site, it is critical that the ladders and scaffolding present are properly manufactured, well-maintained, and the correct training and safety equipment is provided for their use.
Sadly, this isn’t always the case, but when you are injured in a ladder or scaffolding injury as a result of another party’s reckless or negligent actions, you may be able to recover compensation with the help of a construction accident attorney.
At The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman, our Bloomfield ladder and scaffolding accident lawyers have extensive experience recovering compensation for clients. Contact our firm today to discuss your situation, and potential options for recovering compensation, in a free and confidential consultation.
What to Do After a Ladder or Scaffolding Accident
As with any accident, the most important thing you should do if you have been involved in a ladder or scaffolding accident is to seek immediate medical attention. This may seem fairly obvious if you have suffered broken bones, cuts, or sprains, but this is also true even if you feel shaken up but otherwise “OK” after your accident.
Injuries such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or internal bleeding may not be immediately obvious after your ladder or scaffolding accident, but can cause serious complications to your health and standard of living down the road.
By seeking prompt medical attention after your accident, not only can you quickly catch some of these more latent, but dangerous injuries, you also protect the strength of any injury claim you may have by being able to clearly tie your accident to your injuries. The longer you wait to seek medical attention, and diagnose any injuries you may have sustained, the harder it becomes to prove the link between your accident, and your injuries.
The second most important thing that you should do following a ladder or scaffolding accident is to speak with an experienced Bloomfield attorney, especially before speaking with the insurance company, or signing any documents they may present to you. Many injury victims hurt their claim, or even make it impossible to seek full and fair compensation by saying or doing the wrong thing, but your attorney can help prevent you from making these mistakes, and ensure that you are able to recover any compensation that you may be entitled to.
Liability for Scaffolding and Ladder Injuries
If you believe that your ladder or scaffolding accident injuries were caused by the negligence of another party, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim in order to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and your emotional and physical pain and suffering.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) has specific guidelines regarding the design, construction, maintenance, load capacities, and usage protocols for ladders and scaffolds. If at any point these guidelines were not adhered to, either by a Designer, Manufacturer, Employer, or Manager, and this is what directly lead to your scaffolding accident, you may be able to hold any and all of these negligent parties liable for your injuries with the help of a Bloomfield attorney.
Compensation for Ladder and Scaffolding Accident Victims
In order to recover compensation for your ladder or scaffolding injuries, you and your Bloomfield attorney will need to prove the following three things:
- Your ladder or scaffolding accident directly caused your injuries (again, the sooner you seek medical attention after your accident, the easier this step becomes).
- Your ladder or scaffolding accident was the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another responsible party.
- An accurate estimate of exactly how much your injuries cost you in terms of medical expenses and lost income.
While this list seems fairly straightforward, the process of proving these key elements can often be anything but. This is why it is always highly recommended that you retain experienced legal counsel when seeking compensation, as your attorney will have a much better understanding of exactly how to prove these necessary elements, and how to present this proof in a compelling and effective manner.
It is important to keep in mind that while you will have to pay for your attorney’s services if and when they make you a recovery, the greater total amount of recovery that your attorney can secure for you will almost always pay for their services, and often more.
Contact Our Bloomfield Ladder and Scaffolding Accident Attorneys Today
At The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients throughout New Jersey to recover the compensation they need and deserve in injury cases of all kinds, including ladder and scaffolding injury claims.
With over 50 years of combined legal experience, and millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts already secured for clients, our reputation and track record of success speaks for itself. We understand the great financial strain and stress any injury can place on you and your family, and as such we operate on a contingency fee basis. Our firm will cover all of the expenses associated with your ladder or scaffolding injury claim, and will only take payment for these expenses and our services when we secure you a recovery.
Speak with a Bloomfield ladder and scaffolding accident lawyer by calling our firm and scheduling a consultation.