All employees are entitled to a safe workplace. However, anyone in the construction industry will tell you that workplace injuries happen. Every year, thousands of construction workers are injured on the job, and one of the most common causes of construction site injuries is scaffolding.
If or a loved one have been injured by scaffolding while working construction, you have rights. First things first, in the immediate aftermath of a scaffolding accident, take the following steps:
Worker’s Compensation will usually cover your medical expenses. In some cases, specifically if you were not an official full employee, you may not be eligible for Worker’s Compensation coverage. If that is the case, you may need to pursue a personal injury lawsuit to get your medical bills covered.
As mentioned above, it is possible and sometimes necessary to sue for damages if you were injured by scaffolding on the job. If you received Worker’s Compensation, it prohibits you from suing your employer, though it does not prevent you from suing other responsible third parties. Depending on your situation, you may be able to sue for medical damages as well as loss of wages (if your injury prevented you from being able to work), future or potential wages (if your injury prevents you from working indefinitely), and damages such as pain and suffering.
The party liable for the accident depends on a number of factors, largely decided by rules and laws put in place by OSHA (a federal agency which regulates workplace safety), and Washington State laws (including WISHA, the Washington State Industrial Safety and Health Act).
When all appropriate safety measures and regulations are followed, there are very few—if any—scaffolding accidents in the workplace. Therefore, your accident was likely caused by someone cutting corners, be it your employer or a contractor.
In order to claim damages, you must first make a case for liability. That’s where a good personal injury and worker’s compensation attorney comes in. If you are in the St. Snohomish, WA area, the best attorney for your scaffolding injury case is Craig Gourley. With over 30 years of experience and a stellar reputation, Attorney Gourley knows what it takes to make a compelling personal injury case. He will work tirelessly on your behalf so that you can get the settlement you need to move on from your injury. Don’t wait: Let Craig Gourley start building your case today. Call (360) 323-2885 for a free consultation.