Scaffolding & Ladder Accident Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale
Fighting for Those Injured in Workplace Falls
Falls and falling objects are among the leading causes of injuries and death in the workplace according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This danger is especially prevalent for workers who perform duties from heights using scaffolding and ladders, especially on construction sites. Given the increased potential for serious injuries resulting from these accidents, injured workers must protect their right to compensation.
At Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A., our award-winning attorneys leverage more than 50 years of experience in workers’ compensation and personal injury law to help injured workers and families explore their rights and options following all types of workplace accidents. If you or a loved one have been harmed in an incident involving a ladder or any scaffolding system, reach out to our firm today. We give each client our full attention and efforts.
Learn how our Fort Lauderdale attorneys can help you after a scaffolding or ladder accident in a free consultation. We’re available to speak with you 24/7 at (888) 499-6206.
Common Ladder and Scaffolding Accidents
By their very nature, ladders and scaffolding pose risks to those who perform work from heights and to workers near or under these pieces of equipment. Scaffolding and ladder accidents may include:
- Falls from heights
- Falling objects, including falling tools and debris
- Equipment collapse
- Vehicle accidents with or near work equipment
- Equipment failure, including design and manufacturing defects
- Unsafe working conditions or negligence
- Lack of or inadequate safety gear, including PPE and fall arrest systems
No matter who is at fault for such accidents, you are likely eligible for workers’ compensation for your injuries. You may also be able to recover compensation through other means. If you have been hurt in any accent involving a ladder or scaffolding, reach out to our attorneys to learn about your options.
Seeking Compensation for Scaffolding and Ladder Accidents
Your right to compensation may go beyond workers’ comp, depending on the circumstances surrounding your case. As a team that focuses on both workers’ compensation and personal injury, we can help you evaluate the merits of each type of claim, so you can choose the most appropriate path. You may choose to move forward with one of the following options.
Workers’ Compensation Claim
Most employers are required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance, a no-fault form of insurance that allows employees injured on the job to obtain medical, wage replacement, and re-employment benefits regardless of who caused the accident. Death benefits are also available through workers’ comp for families whose loved ones pass as a result of fatal workplace accidents.
While workers’ compensation is a vital resource for injured workers who need treatment and income to make ends meet, the process can be complex, confusing, and stringent. Ensuring you take the right steps to file a complete claim can help avoid potential denials and smooth your path to receiving compensation.
Third-Party Personal Injury Claim
While most workplace accidents result in workers’ comp claims, there are some situations where seeking compensation through a personal injury lawsuit may be the most appropriate option. This is typically the case when accidents and injuries are caused by the negligence of a third party—someone who is not employed by the same company.
Examples may include a negligent contractor on the worksite who caused a scaffolding accident or a delivery driver who ran into an occupied ladder. Personal injury claims require victims to prove how another’s negligence caused them harm. Though lawsuits require you to provide evidence a workers’ compensation claim would not, an attorney can help you diligently investigate the accident, preserve evidence, and create sound arguments.
Personal injury lawsuits, unlike workers’ comp, can provide compensation for non-economic damages like pain and suffering. A personal injury settlement is therefore likely to be larger than a worker’s compensation settlement.
Products Liability Claim
Scaffolds and ladders pose significant safety risks, even when made well. In cases where scaffolding and ladder accidents result from equipment failures, such as a design or manufacturing defect that made them prone to collapse, injured workers may have the potential option to pursue a civil personal injury claim under product liability laws. Our firm can help you evaluate whether your incident involved a defective product, and how to seek a financial recovery from the manufacturer if it did.
Personalized Service, Proven Results
Over the years our firm has been fighting for victims and families across Fort Lauderdale and the state of Florida, we have demonstrated a passion for personalized service and step-by-step legal guidance. Our depth of experience in both workers’ comp and personal injury matters enables us to help clients pursue the maximum compensation possible for their injuries, even in the most challenging and complex cases. Workplace injuries can seriously disrupt your life. We want to help make sure the disruption is only temporary.
To learn how Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. can help you after a workplace accident involving a ladder or scaffolding, call us today at (888) 499-6206 for your free consultation. Our team has recovered millions of dollars for our clients.