Whether you look to skyscrapers downtown or billboards in Times Square, it is important to remember the hardworking Manhattan scaffolding workers that put their lives at risk to create and maintain these architectural feats.
Sadly, some workers may get injured when working on scaffolding, or in some cases, they may even lose their lives. If you are unfortunate enough to be injured in a scaffolding accident, then you be entitled to compensation for your losses. At Shulman & Hill, we are proud to serve our clients in the Manhattan area. If you choose to work with us, our team of lawyers can provide the best legal representation possible throughout your case.
Types of Manhattan Scaffolding Accidents
When working in an industry that involves scaffolding, you quickly become aware of the dangers that may exist. The reality is that the more you take part in these dangerous situations, the more likely you are to sustain an injury in the process. There are several reasons why scaffolding accidents can occur:
- Scaffold support or planking failures: This can occur either due to defective or damaged equipment or improper assembly. This can then lead to falls and injuries to those below.
- Slipping or tripping while on a scaffold: This can happen due to slippery surfaces or an incline that is not safe. A lack of guardrails, safety harnesses, or proper training is cause for concern as well.
- Falling objects: Materials can fall from heights and strike workers on the scaffold or standing below it.
Any of these situations can make an area unsafe. Hiring the right Manhattan scaffolding lawyer can help you file a claim to pursue the compensation you may be entitled to after sustaining a scaffolding accident.
Who Is at Fault?
The law is intended to benefit injured workers in the aftermath of an accident. Unfortunately, some insurance companies may employ tactics that can try to delegitimize your pursuit of fair compensation.
Shulman & Hill can initiate an investigation. In these investigations, we can identify any liable parties, collect witness testimonies and contact information, and conduct research into scaffolding failures. Our group can work diligently to determine liability and identify whether a third party’s careless behavior was to blame for your accident. A few individuals and parties who may be held responsible for this mishap include:
- General contractors
- Construction managers
- Property managers
- Property owners
- Equipment manufacturers
If it is suspected that any of these individuals or parties are responsible for the worker sustaining an injury, our group of legal professionals can help you file a personal injury lawsuit. But first, it is important to take your specific injury into account.
Causes of Manhattan Scaffolding Accidents
There are different types of injuries that someone might face when they are in a scaffolding accident. Falls can occur due to equipment that is faulty (or unavailable altogether) or when certain safety protocols are not followed. Insufficient training can also lead to devastating accidents. Even if you are not actually on scaffolding, there may be times where you become injured by falling debris due to an accident that occurred above you.
An attorney from Shulman & Hill can assess your injuries and pursue compensation for your damages. When it comes to pursuing compensation, the cause of the accident itself can be extremely important in determining liability and securing fair compensation.
Am I Eligible for Compensation After a Manhattan Scaffolding Accident?
Depending on the factors surrounding your case, it is possible that you can acquire compensation for being in a scaffolding accident. Many times these accidents can be extremely dangerous and cause significant injuries for those involved. In worst-case scenarios, workers can die in a scaffolding accident. At Shulman & Hill, we work to help our clients pursue any compensation they may be entitled to after suffering injuries.
There are a few things that may figure into the compensation we pursue for our clients. We look closely at the medical bills that come as a result of a scaffolding accident. Usually, these accidents can lead to exorbitant medical bills that can put immense strain on a victim and their family. We can review these costs and any lost wages you experience while recovering from your injuries. If there was a failure to provide adequate safety devices, the property owner and general contractor may also be liable for your pain and suffering and additional economic losses.
If you lost a loved one in a scaffolding accident, nothing can truly fill the void for you and your family. However, financial compensation may be helpful for paying off medical bills. If your loved one was the primary source of income in your family, our team of scaffolding attorneys can pursue compensation for what they may have earned in the future had they not passed away.
Why Choose Shulman & Hill?
Shulman & Hill are here to help with personal injury and workers’ compensation accident claims. We can provide you with a Manhattan scaffolding accident lawyer to handle your case, collect and analyze the evidence, and represent you during negotiations. If the claim goes to trial, we will zealously represent you in the courtroom.
Although we have a tremendous track record of past successes, we understand that each case is unique. We operate on a contingency basis. Schedule a free consultation online or give us a call at 212-221-1000.