Queens Scaffolding Accident Attorney
Scaffolding Accidents in New York City
Scaffolding accidents are some of the most devastating and serious of all construction accidents. Unfortunately, they are also relatively common. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there were 61 reported deaths caused by scaffolding accidents in the U.S. in 2018—an alarming number that we, unfortunately, see year after year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are consistently more than 60 fatalities and over 4,500 injuries caused by scaffolding-related falls and other accidents every single year.
If you were injured or if someone you love died in a scaffolding accident in New York City or anywhere in Nassau or Suffolk Counties, you are not alone. The Cassisi Law Firm is here to help you understand your legal rights, including your potential right to compensation. Many scaffolding accidents result from negligence and, when this is the case, victims and/or their families have the right to take legal action. Our Queens scaffolding accident attorneys are well-versed in complex construction accident litigation; we can guide you through the process of filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim and fighting for the justice you deserve.
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Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents
Scaffolding accidents often result in serious falls, crush injuries, falling debris, and other devastating and hazardous consequences. Unfortunately, negligence is a key factor in the vast majority of scaffolding accidents—meaning most of these incidents are entirely preventable.
Some of the most common causes of scaffolding accidents include:
- Insecure/improperly constructed scaffolding, leading to collapses
- Falling debris, tools, equipment, and other materials and objects
- Overloaded scaffolds
- Weak or insecure planking
- Insecure bracing/lack of bracing
- Attachment point failure
- Low-quality materials or tools
- Failure to follow safety regulations and rules
- Insufficient fall protection
- Improper training or supervision
- Defective materials and/or equipment
- Unsafe conditions, including poor or changing weather
- Slippery surfaces
- Careless workers or supervisors
At The Cassisi Law Firm, we work to identify the cause of the accident to determine liability. This is a critical aspect of a successful personal injury or wrongful death claim. However, if you were injured while working on a construction site, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. When filing a workers’ compensation claim, you do not need to establish liability, but your benefits will be limited only to medical expenses and wage replacement.
Who Is Liable for Scaffolding Accidents?
Carelessness and negligence often play a role in scaffolding accidents. When this is the case, victims can work to hold the negligent person or party accountable by bringing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the liable entity.
It can be very challenging to determine who is liable for a construction accident, as there may be several potentially liable parties. These may include:
- A construction worker
- A contractor or sub-contractor
- A supervisor or site manager
- A construction company
- The manufacturer of a defective material, tool, or piece of equipment
- The property owner or landowner
- Another third party
Our Queens scaffolding accident attorneys work tirelessly to investigate complex construction accident claims, often working with a team of experts to pinpoint what happened and who is liable for our clients’ injuries and damages.
Damages in Scaffolding Accident Cases
Victims of scaffolding accidents often sustain catastrophic injuries. They will likely require intensive, ongoing medical treatment and may be unable to work for weeks, months, or even years. Often, victims suffer disabling injuries, such as spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries, preventing them from ever returning to work. Not only does this place victims and their families under severe financial stress, but it also leads to immense physical pain and emotional suffering.
At The Cassisi Law Firm, we fight to maximize our clients’ recoveries, seeking compensation for damages such as:
- Emergency medical care costs
- Ongoing and future medical treatment
- In-home health care
- Lost income, wages, and other benefits
- Future lost earnings
- Lost earning ability due to disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and distress
- Lost quality of life
- Counseling services
Because every case is different, we tailor our services to each client’s unique needs. We will take the time to get to know you, learn about your injuries and losses, and build a strong case aimed at securing the maximum recovery you are owed.
How The Cassisi Law Firm Can Help
Our team has earned a reputation within the community for providing caring, client-focused legal services and aggressive advocacy in and out of the courtroom. As true trial lawyers, our attorneys are prepared to represent your best interests throughout the litigation process.
We are available 24/7 to take your call and can travel to meet you in your home or at the hospital if needed. We provide legal services in English, Spanish, and Italian and do not charge any attorneys’ fees unless we recover a settlement or verdict for you.