Scaffolds have transformed the construction industry. A scaffold is a temporary, raised structure that props up workers and materials used in large construction projects. Despite their utility, scaffold accidents have become prevalent in the construction industry. Scaffold accidents can occur under many different scenarios, but they most frequently occur when the planking on the scaffold or scaffolding support gives way. Accidents can also occur as a result of the worker’s negligence, or failure to exercise reasonable caution, while high up on a scaffold. Most often, as our Lafayette scaffold accident lawyers are aware, these accidents occur as a result of defective design, poor construction, improper maintenance of the scaffold itself, or the employer’s failure to maintain a safe work environment. For this reason, federal and state laws require employers to ensure that scaffolds are safe for their workers' use. Many of these laws and regulations were promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and provide many possible solutions to potential hazards associated with use of scaffolding. However, employers often fail to comply with these standards, putting their workers' lives at risk.
Broussard & David is a law firm that represents workers who were injured in scaffold accidents. The scaffold accident attorneys at our Lafayette firm work to hold all negligent actors accountable for their actions and to obtain just compensation for our clients.
The construction industry poses many dangers to workers. Scaffold accidents can occur in a variety of scenarios. One common accident occurs when a scaffold's support gives way to a worker. Another common accident occurs when a worker slips and falls or when a worker is struck by a falling object. All of these accidents can result in a life-changing injury or even death, severely impacting a worker's ability to earn a living and costing the worker a fortune in medical expenses. For this reason, injuries arising from a scaffold accident can have a collateral impact far beyond the physical well-being of the injured worker.Examples of serious injuries caused by scaffold accidents include:
- Head injury
- Brain injury
- Back injury
- Spine injury
- Broken limbs
Federal and state regulations provide a variety of standards designed to prevent injury from dangerous scaffolds, and employers are legally required to comply with these standards. If an employer fails to comply with these standards and a serious injury ensues, the employer's noncompliance can assist in proving the employer's negligence and holding the employer responsible for a worker's injuries.
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a scaffold accident, you should speak with an experienced Lafayette scaffold accident attorney to learn about your legal rights. Various types of compensation may be available to an injured worker, depending of the facts and circumstances surrounding the injury. An attorney can assist you in analyzing your options, including whether to accept workers' compensation. We work with our clients to ensure that they receive just compensation for their injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Broussard & David offers a complimentary consultation to all prospective clients. For questions, call us at 888-337-2323 (toll free) or 337-233-2323 (local). You can also contact us online for answers to your questions or to schedule your consultation with a scaffold accident lawyer in Lafayette.