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Out of the estimated 500,000 construction accidents that occur every year, one out of every five of these incidents involves scaffolding. When it is not fatal, a fall from a scaffold can result in severe and potentially permanent injuries.
As an injured worker, you are most likely covered by worker's compensation insurance. Workers' compensation can pay for your medical care and provide disability benefits to make up for your lost earnings. However, there is a possibility that your employer or the company's insurance provider will deny your claim.
At Inman & Tourgee, our experienced legal team represents accident victims whose injuries occurred in the workplace or were caused by negligence. Our Rhode Island injury attorneys can investigate your case, examine all of the evidence, negotiate with insurance adjusters, and do everything it takes to help you obtain the benefits you deserve!
Falls from scaffolding are considered a leading cause of serious injuries in the construction industry because approximately 2.3 million construction workers use them frequently. While there are standards listed by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), they are not always followed by construction companies. Most of these accidents can be completely avoided with adequate care in ensuring that all OSHA standards are followed.
The most common causes of scaffolding accidents include the following:
- Lack of safety features
- Defective equipment
- Negligence in failing to provide proper supervision and/or maintenance
- Improper construction of scaffold
COULD A THIRD-PARTY BE INVOLVED?
In many cases, construction workers make the mistake of assuming—since they are receiving workers' compensation—that they cannot file a personal injury claim against a negligent party. In reality, workers' compensation only prevents you from filing a claim against your employer and the actual cause of your accident may have been attributed to a negligent party. This third party is often the contractor or the manufacturer of the scaffold.
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With more than 150 years of combined experience, our Rhode Island personal injury attorneys possess the extensive knowledge of state and federal law to guide you through the intricacies of the legal process. Let us do whatever it takes to get you the benefits and compensation you deserve while you make the best recovery possible!
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