A scaffold is a temporary structure that is used to support a work crew and materials while constructing, maintaining or repairing a building, bridge and other man made structures. However, scaffolding work poses a very high risk of injury. A scaffold accident can lead to severe, catastrophic and life-altering injuries. In order to file a successful personal injury case based on a fall from a scaffold, you must prove the following:
The defendant had a duty to provide for the safety of the worker
Any party that supplies, maintains, or moves the scaffolding has a duty to provide for the safety of the workers. Furthermore, any party that possesses the power to make decisions at a construction site may have a duty to provide for the safety of the worker. If the owner of the building supervises and oversees the safety of the workers, but fails to do so, he/she may be held liable for the scaffold accident.
The defendant breached that duty
Breach of the duty of care is failure by the defendant to provide for the safety of a worker. If an OSHA regulation has been violated, it is considered breach of the duty of care. If there is any other violation of safety standards that have been accepted in the industry or recommended by experts, this too may be considered a breach of the standard of care.
The breach caused harm to the worker
If the breach of that duty has caused harm to the worker, the defendant is liable for the injuries. To have a successful personal injury lawsuit, you will need to prove this.
Types of damages for a scaffold accident
It is important to prove that the damages were caused by the defendant’s negligence. Some types of damages for a scaffold accident include:
- Lost Wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Medical Expenses
- Costs of living with a disability or injury
- Physical and mental pain and suffering
- Loss of ability to enjoy life
Get in Touch with the Personal Injury Lawyers at Dervishi Law Group, P.C.
If you have been injured in a scaffold accident, get in touch with the lawyers at Dervishi Law Group, P.C. We will represent you and help protect your rights. We have our own investigative team and we act quickly to gather and preserve evidence. You can call us at 917-300-0797/718-619-4525 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.