Construction worker suffered serious brain injury after falling 20 feet due to lack of required fall protection
A union carpenter fell through an interior mobile scaffold while at work, suffering bilateral calcaneal fractures
A construction worker fell 20 feet because he was not provided with fall protection
A construction accident involving a union roofer who was working without fall protection and fell from a roof resulting in a permanent paraplegic injury
Stadium demolition accident which occurred when a front loader fell through a ceiling (Philadelphia, PA)
Work-related falls are the most common type of accident in the construction industry, and yet they are so preventable. Falls often occur because no fall protection equipment was provided to the workers. Those responsible for ensuring a safe worksites often fail to protect workers when those responsible for safety fail to properly plan.
These kinds of fall accidents occur in every industry, including the construction industry, industrial industry and manufacturing industry. They also occur in professional settings. For instance, an office worker may suffer serious injuries in a parking lot fall accident or stairway accident.
Falls commonly result in broken bones, spinal injuries, head injuries and even death. These injuries very often lead to lost time from work and therefore, create serious financial problems for injured workers. The financial problems often arise because workers’ compensation benefits are insufficient. For example, a worker who suffers a serious spinal injury during a workplace fall may only receive 2/3 of their average weekly wage, hardly enough to keep the lights on and the bills paid. This is where we come in. LBK pursues justice from responsible 3rd parties beyond workers’ compensation to financially and justly compensate our clients for their injuries.
Slip or trip and fall accidents at work are one of the most common types of work accidents in the country. They also account for the highest number of work related injuries and days off from work. Common injuries in a slip or trip and fall at work include broken bones, spinal injuries and head injuries or even death.
When a fall accident happens at work that can lead to significant time away from work and a party (other than the employer) may be responsible. This is true even if the injured worker made a workers’ compensation claim. Maintenance companies and outside contractors can often be held responsible for creating the dangerous condition which caused the fall or for failing to correct an unsafe condition. Let us evaluate this for you and provide you with all your legal options and possible remedies.
Falls from heights or roofs rank high in terms of the severity of injuries and are a leading cause of death in the construction industry. According to OSHA, over half of the construction industry workforce performs some type of work on scaffolds and heights. That is an estimated 2.3 million workers. Each year, there are roughly 4,500 injuries and 60 deaths from scaffold accidents alone. Falls from heights at construction sites often result in catastrophic injury or death. Falls from scaffolds account for roughly 25% of fatal falls from all working surfaces. These types of accidents are entirely preventable but unfortunately, far too often, those contractors responsible for workplace safety fail to plan to keep workers safe while working at heights. As the saying goes: “FAILING TO PLAN IS PLANNING TO FAIL.”
Construction or worksite fall accidents happen as a result of:
For seriously injured workers, getting full financial compensation is of the utmost importance. Most injured workers don’t realize that they often have legal rights beyond workers’ compensation claims. In most states, injured workers have the legal right to file both a workers’ compensation claim and a separate injury claim.
In an injury lawsuit for a work related fall accident, other parties (excluding employers) may be held liable for negligence in causing the accident. In work related fall accident lawsuits in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, for instance, the liable parties often include:
Ultimately, these parties may be ordered to pay fair financial compensation to the injured worker. It is vital to speak to an experienced workplace fall accident lawyer as soon as possible to evaluate your potential lawsuit. You may be entitled to compensation for past/future pain and suffering, past/future wage loss, past/future medical bills/treatment and more. Call us today so that we can evaluate your case and advise you of all of your legal options.
At Laffey Bucci Kent (LBK), our experienced attorneys are committed to providing quality representation and individual attention to our clients and our clients’ families.
Our knowledge and expertise in dealing with defense counsel, as well as insurance companies and adjusters can be invaluable when seeking justice in a workplace roof or fall accident injury cases.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a workplace fall or roof accident, contact our law firm for a free consultation. In addition to Pennsylvania and New Jersey our lawyers are licensed in New York, Connecticut, West Virginia, Florida, and Illinois.
Fall accidents on construction sites can result from a variety of factors. Some common causes include:
If you are involved in a fall accident on a construction site, take the following steps:
Yes, in most cases, you can claim workers’ compensation for injuries sustained in a fall accident on a construction site. Workers’ compensation benefits can cover medical expenses, lost wages, and disability benefits. It is crucial to report the accident to your employer promptly and consult with an experienced construction accident attorney to ensure your claim is filed correctly and on time.
n some situations, you may be able to file a lawsuit against a third party responsible for your fall accident, such as a subcontractor, equipment manufacturer, or property owner. An experienced construction accident attorney can help determine if you have a viable third-party claim and assist you in pursuing compensation for your injuries.
A construction accident attorney can help you navigate the complex legal process following a fall accident by:
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