Scaffolding Accident Lawyer Long Island
What do you do after a scaffolding injury?
Due to the nature of the job, construction workers are constantly exposed to dangerous working conditions on a daily basis. However, the dangers and hazards associated with working on ladders and scaffolds are much greater than any other type of construction work. In fact, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that over 50% of construction related injuries involve scaffolds and/or ladders.
According to OSHA, scaffold and ladder accident injuries account for approximately 41% of all fall injuries on construction sites. Scaffolding and ladder accidents can lead to a variety of painful and possibly debilitating life-altering injuries, such as:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Head trauma
- Brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Crushed limbs
Furthermore, there are a number of factors that may lead to or cause a scaffolding or ladder accident to occur, such as:
- Reckless behavior
- Support failure
- Defective equipment
- Improperly installed equipment
- Failure to use proper safety equipment
- Failure to follow safety guidelines and regulations
- Lack of sufficient safety supervision
- Objects falling on workers
- Collapsed scaffolds
- Greasy ladder steps
- Slippery scaffold surfaces
- Plank slipping
- Poorly maintained equipment
Labor Law Section 240
According to OSHA, over four thousand construction workers face serious or fatal injuries every year. This increase in the amount of injuries caused by scaffolding and ladder accidents has lead to a unique set of labor law legislation. New York Labor Law 240 was established to protect construction laborers who work at elevated heights, mainly on ladders or scaffolds. Under these laws, construction supervisors, contractors, subcontractors, and property owners are held liable for any injuries or death sustained by a construction worker who falls from a scaffold or ladder. Unlike other types of personal injury claims, under Labor Law 240, accident victims aren’t required to prove who is at fault. If a laborer falls from a ladder or scaffold, he/she is automatically entitled to damages for his/her pain, suffering, medical expenses, psychological distress, and financial hardship
Contact Long Island Scaffolding and Ladder Accident Attorney
Victims of scaffolding and ladder accidents face hospitalization, surgery, months of rehabilitation, and significant financial loss. Because of this, accident victims face an overwhelming level of stress as they are usually left out of work and inundated with hefty medical bills. If you have been injured in a ladder orscaffolding accident, don’t let one accident ruin the rest of your life. Long Island ladder and scaffolding accident attorneys of The Raimondo Law Firm are highly familiar with this area of the law, and has successfully helped hundreds of clients obtain financial compensation for their injuries.
When Mr. Raimondo commits to a case, he personally questions witnesses, examines medical records, reviews police reports, and checks that all laws and safety standards established by OSHA were followed. Furthermore, Mr. Raimondo is dedicated to providing all of his clients with viable resources, aggressive representation, individualized attention, and compassionate care. If you are in need of an experiencedLong Island scaffolding and ladder accident attorney, contact the The Raimondo Law Firm today for your free consultation at 631-471-1222.