Of all occupational injuries, falls are the second leading cause of death after highway crashes. Many of these falls, especially in the construction industry, involve ladder and scaffold accidents. At Payer & Associates, a personal injury-only law firm in Miami, we provide aggressive legal representation to construction workers and their families, thoroughly investigating the cause of ladder and scaffold accidents to gain maximum recoveries for our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a ladder or scaffold accident in Miami, we can help you, too.
Causes of Ladder & Scaffold Accidents
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that informed employees and workers, in compliance with correct safety standards, can save as many as 50 lives and prevent over 4,000 ladder and scaffold accidents every year. However, many construction workers are never properly trained on using ladders and scaffolding, employers do not provide adequate safety equipment, and generally unsafe practices are overlooked and tolerated on construction sites. Ladder and scaffold accidents are often caused by:
- Unsafely positioned ladders and unsecure scaffolding
- Slippery, cluttered, overloaded, or unstable walking and working surfaces
- Incorrect or careless scaffolding construction
- Poorly designed or assembled ladders prone to collapse
- Poor quality or damaged materials used to construct scaffolding
- Holes and wall openings
- Falling objects
- Exposed electrical wires and powerlines
- Insufficient ladder and scaffold maintenance
- Lack of training on how to safely use ladders and scaffolds
- Lack of fall safety systems, such as helmets and harnesses
- Lack of or poorly conducted safety inspections
If any of these issues on the jobsite led to your ladder or scaffold accident, you may have a workers’ compensation claim against your employer and/or a personal injury claim against negligent third parties. But while it may be clear to you that carelessness or negligence related to the use or manufacture of ladders and scaffolding resulted in your serious injury, that does not mean you’ll receive fair compensation easily. With an experienced personal injury attorney handling your claims, you significantly better your chances of making a maximum recovery—financially, physically, and emotionally.
Get Help Today from an Experienced Miami Ladder & Scaffold Accident Lawyer
After a ladder or scaffold accident, seek experienced legal representation to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your injuries. Simply filing a workers’ compensation claim with your employer may not provide you with all you need to pay for your medical treatment and take care of your family—or all the compensation you may be entitled to, not only from your employer but also from other parties, such as equipment manufacturers and suppliers. There’s no risk in evaluating your options, so please give us a call at Payer & Associates today. We’re available 24/7, and you owe us nothing unless we recover for you.