What Construction Workers Should Know About Scaffolding Accidents in Florida

Our society owes a great deal to those in construction. They are among our hardest-working citizens, and oftentimes, they put their lives at risk for our benefit. Unfortunately, there are times where their lives are uneccesary put in jeopardy due to another party’s negligence. One of the most common types of construction site accidents we see are scaffolding accidents. That being said, there are few things more frightening, and potentially damaging, than falling from a scaffold, and if this has happened to you, our knowledgeable Florida personal injury attorneys are here to help. Please continue reading and speak with us to learn more about how we can assist you through the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of scaffolding accidents?

There are various potential causes of scaffolding accidents, however, and perhaps unsurprisingly, they are usually the result of negligence. Some of the most common causes of scaffolding accidents are as follows:

  • Inadequate training
  • Supervisors or company owners failing to abide by the safety rules set out by OSHA
  • Defective scaffolds 
  • Insecure bracing
  • Insufficient fall protection
  • Inadequate planking

What should I do if I am injured in a scaffolding accident?

After a scaffolding accident, as long as you are physically capable, you should take the following steps:

  1. Notify your supervisor that you have been hurt and call the police. An ambulance will be sent to the scene of the accident. 
  2. Ask anyone who saw your accident for their name, email address, and phone number. 
  3. Take pictures of the unsafe conditions that caused your accident.
  4. Ask your doctor for all medical documentation/bills regarding your injuries. 
  5. Retain the services of an experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorney who can fight for the compensation you deserve and need to heal.

What are the workers’ compensation laws in Florida?

If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident, or any other construction site accident, there is a good chance that you will qualify for workers’ compensation. Essentially, workers’ compensation should cover the cost of medical expenses and other losses you incurred as a result of your injury. That being said, if you were injured because of a negligent third party, such as a negligent scaffold designer/manufacturer, you may file a third-party injury claim against that party to recover the compensation you deserve. Our firm can carefully examine your rights under Florida’s personal injury laws, as well as Florida’s workers’ compensation laws to determine the best way forward. You should understand that you must file your workers’ compensation claim within two years of the date of the incident, so you must not wait. Our firm is ready to help today. All you have to do is ask. 

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Ansbacher Law is comprised of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.