Construction site accidents in Hollywood and South Florida cause many injuries, and one of the most common injuries on building sites include scaffolding and roof accidents. When workers are on roofs or scaffolding, they require extra supports and care to keep them safe. When employers, contractors, subcontractors and other parties do not provide a safe environment, they can be held liable when employees fall and suffer serious injury.
If you have been injured in a fall from a roof or scaffolding, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation to find out whether you qualify for workers’ compensation, Social Security benefits, or a legal claim that lets you pursue damages for wage losses, medical costs, pain and suffering, and more.
Injuries from Falls
Falls from roofs and scaffolding can lead to:
- Facial injuries
- Brain trauma
- Spinal cord trauma
- Chronic pain conditions
Depending on the height and the type of fall, injuries can be life-changing and permanent. In these cases, it is always crucial to get prompt medical attention, even if everything seems fine at first. A fall should always be treated as an emergency.
Types of Scaffolding and Roof Injuries
There are three main types of injuries that can happen with roof work or on scaffolding:
- Roof or scaffolding collapse
- Fall from a roof or scaffold
- Dropped object falling from a height and harming someone on the ground
All three types of incidents can lead to fatalities, severe pain, mobility issues, and other problems. When these types of life-altering injuries happen, it’s important to contact a personal injury attorney in Hollywood at once to start protecting your future.
Liability and Scaffold and Roof Accidents
Although falls may seem like accidents, the reality is that in many cases these are preventable accidents caused by recklessness or negligence. Falls from scaffolding and roofs can be caused by:
- Poorly assembled scaffolding
- Failing to follow manufacturer direction for scaffolding setup and use
- Excessive weight placed on scaffolding or a roof
- Lack of adequate guardrails
- Lack of adequate tool drop prevention systems
- Inadequate or missing fall arrest systems
- Undertrained or unqualified workers
- Unsecured site that permits anyone access to scaffolding or roofing
- Lack of safety checks
- Incorrect use of ladders
- Lack of safety gear
When these types of preventable issues lead to an accident and injury, injured workers may have a legal claim against those who were negligent with their safety. In many cases, a claim becomes an important way for someone who has been injured to get answers and resources so that they can pay for bills, medical care, and other expenses.
If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident or a roof fall, contact Flaxman Law Group today to speak with a legal professional who understands your options and your rights. Contact our full-service law firm to get someone immediately investigating the circumstances that led to your injury and aggressively fighting on your behalf.