Attorneys for Scaffold Fall Victims
Construction consistently ranks very high when the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health tabulates the most dangerous professions in the United States. In 2009, construction accounted for more work-related deaths than any other American industry. With 816 fatal on-the-job injuries, construction accounted for nearly one in five work-related deaths.
The skilled and compassionate personal injury lawyers at Edward R. Young & Associates have more than 135 years of combined experience helping New Yorkers injured in construction accidents. Using our extensive knowledge of construction and personal injury law, we can help get you the compensation you deserve.
Scaffold falls—common injuries, easy prevention
Even the most experienced and sure-footed construction worker can suffer an injury in an accident. A scaffold can be poorly constructed or loose in places, a colleague may unintentionally leave equipment in the wrong place and cause you to trip and fall, or cords, wires, and hosing may be improperly secured and cause you to trip or lose your balance.
Scaffold fall injuries can vary in severity from simple bruises and abrasions to life-threatening and even fatal injuries.
The most common injuries resulting from falls from scaffolding include:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damage
- Spinal cord or disc damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
Almost all serious scaffold fall injuries can be prevented through the proper use of safety equipment like harnesses and helmets. According to the New York City Department of Buildings, all four fatal construction accidents in 2010 could have been prevented through the use of proper fall-protection safety equipment.
Unfortunately, some construction site managers and owners skimp on basic safety equipment in a misguided effort to save money or speed up the construction process. And some construction workers do not use safety harnesses and rigging because they feel it interferes with their mobility and dexterity. But many serious injuries and fatalities could be avoided each year if proper safety equipment is used at construction sites with scaffolds.
Scaffold fall lawyers in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and West Babylon
Each personal injury attorney at Edward R. Young & Associates has the skill and experience to help injured construction workers and their families. Contact us as soon as possible after an accident so we can help preserve evidence of how your accident happened and who was responsible. We can also help you avoid the large medical bills that are piling up by convincing many providers to take a lien on the outcome of your personal injury case.
If you or a loved one suffered injury or even death as a result of a scaffold fall, the seasoned lawyers at Edward R. Young & Associates stand ready to advocate for you. We take every step possible to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us online today, or call our 24-hour hotline at 1-877-630-1707 to arrange a free initial consultation about your case.