Chicago Scaffolding Accident Lawyer
Representing Construction Accident Victims throughout Illinois
Scaffolding accidents are among the most common types of construction accidents. Scaffolds are temporary platforms suspended by ropes and pulleys that allow construction workers to reach heights that are ordinarily out of reach. An estimated 65% of construction workers, such as bricklayers, painters, miners and electricians use scaffolds frequently to perform their trades, according to the Department of Labor.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), scaffolding accidents were responsible for 54 fatalities in 2009 alone, and 72% of construction workers injured in scaffolding accidents attributed the accident to support failure or falling objects. Scaffolding accidents can result in a number of serious injuries, such as head injuries, spinal cord injuries, back injuries, broken bones, and even death.
Comprehensive Chicago Construction Accident Experience
At Dworkin and Maciariello, our Chicago construction accident lawyers help clients deal with the full range of legal claims that might arise out of a scaffolding accident or other construction accident – including worker’s compensation, personal injury, and product liability – in an effect to get the maximum recovery possible for our clients.
If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident, contact our office at (312) 548-0359 to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible legal claim for your construction accident injuries.
Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents
Falls from scaffolds are among the leading causes of scaffolding accidents. Other common causes of scaffolding accidents include:
- Improper use of scaffold
- Improper installation of the scaffold
- Jumping on scaffold
- Defective scaffold components
- Improper construction of scaffold
- Insufficient worker safety training
- Failure to provide or use fall protection equipment
Liability for Injuries Incurred in Chicago Scaffolding Accidents
If a construction worker is injured in a scaffolding accident while on the job, he or she may be entitled to worker’s compensation benefits through the employer’s insurance company. Additionally, if the scaffolding was defectively manufactured or improperly installed by a third-party, the injured construction worker may be entitled to compensation from the negligent third party in a personal injury lawsuit.
Assessing liability for scaffolding accidents is sometimes a difficult task. For instance, a third party may have installed the scaffold incorrectly or the scaffold components may have been manufactured defectively. It is important to determine the cause of the scaffold accident so that the proper legal claims can be filed against the appropriate party/parties. At Dworkin and Maciariello, the Chicago construction accident lawyers use their exceptional knowledge of construction accidents to analyze liability issues pertaining to scaffolding accidents and other construction accidents.
The Chicago construction accident lawyers at Dworkin and Maciariello combine their knowledge and experience as Chicago personal injury lawyers and Chicago work injury attorneys to fight for the rights of scaffolding accident victims. If you or a loved one has been in a scaffolding accident, contact our office at (312) 548-0359 to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible legal claim for your construction accident injuries.