Boston Scaffold Collapse Attorney
Boston is constantly building, and with construction comes the use of scaffolds. When constructed and used properly, scaffolding can be an incredibly beneficial tool for people to work at significant heights, but when an accident happens that causes a scaffold collapse, the results can be devastating. Have you or a loved one been hurt in a scaffold collapse in the Boston area? The knowledgeable and dedicated Boston scaffold collapse attorneys at The Law Office of Joseph Linnehan, Jr. are prepared to take on your case. Call or contact our office to learn more.
How Scaffold Collapses Happen
Nearly two-thirds of all construction workers operate on a scaffold at least once every year, which amounts to millions of people that could potentially be injured in a scaffold collapse annually. Around 5,000 people are injured in scaffold collapses annually, and these accident happen for many reasons. Some of the most common factors present in a scaffold collapse include:
- Failed planking,
- Defective parts and equipment,
- Improper construction,
- Lack of safety features or equipment,
- Inadequate fall protection,
- Negligent design, and
- Improper equipment for the job
When a scaffold collapses, not only are the people on the scaffold injured, but anyone in the proximity of the scaffold at the time of the accident also has the potential for injury.
Injuries Caused by Scaffold Collapse
The injuries caused by scaffold collapses can range from mild to severe and are often based on how high a person falls from when the scaffold collapses or how much debris they are struck by in the collapse. These injuries often take weeks or months to recover from, and in many cases they result in permanent disability for accident victims. Commonly reported injuries after a scaffold collapse include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries,
- Skull fractures,
- Facial trauma,
- Neck injuries,
- Spinal cord injuries,
- Broken bones,
- Soft tissue injuries,
- Back and spine injuries,
- Crushing injuries,
- Amputation injuries,
- Puncture injuries,
- Internal injuries and bleeding,
- Nerve damage,
- Coma, and
Given the potential severity of many injuries caused by a scaffold collapse, it is important that victims of these accidents use experienced and knowledgeable injury attorneys to represent their interests when filing a claim for damages.
Compensation for Scaffold Collapses
Because most scaffold collapses happen on worksites, people injured in this type of accident are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. This includes coverage of all related medical expenses, vocational rehabilitation, and payment for any scarring or disfiguration in addition to lost wage benefits that can include the following:
- Temporary total incapacity benefits,
- Temporary partial incapacity benefits, and
- Permanent and total incapacity benefits
In fatal scaffold collapses, the family of the victim is also entitled to compensation under Massachusetts workers’ compensation law that includes damages for spouses, dependents, and for funeral and burial costs. To learn more, talk to our office today.
Talk to Our Office Now
Do you have more questions about filing a claim after a scaffold collapse? If so, the experienced injury lawyers at The Law Office of Joseph Linnehan, Jr. are here to help. Call or contact our office today to schedule a free consultation of your case now.