Fort Lauderdale Scaffolding Accident Lawyers
Top Florida Personal Injury Lawyers Represent Scaffolding Accident Victims In Palm Beach County and Broward County, Florida
Look around you. Any time you see new building construction in Florida, odds are that you also see scaffolding. Often used at great heights, we see scaffolding being used in building construction, other forms of construction work, bridge repair, window washing, and more. And scaffolding is a valuable tool — a temporary support structure that enables workers to achieve access to places that are otherwise hard to reach.
Unfortunately, scaffolding is also the source of many construction-related accidents that result in serious injury. Accident victims have several avenues to pursue compensation for their scaffolding accident injuries and the experienced accident attorneys at Lawlor, White & Murphey are dedicated to helping accident victims navigate this process for the most favorable outcome. At Lawlor, White & Murphey, our legal team specializes in personal injury law and has a track record of successfully recovering compensation for our clients who have been injured.
Scaffolding Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries
Scaffolding accidents typically involve a person falling from the scaffolding and suffering injury, or someone on the ground or on a scaffold below becoming injured when tools or materials fall from scaffolding above. Injuries sustained in scaffolding accidents are often serious and may include one of the following:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Head injury
- Loss of limbs
- Neck injury
- Wrongful death
At Lawlor, White & Murphey, our practice is devoted entirely to personal injury law. Our dedicated team fights for the rights of accident victims and has successfully recovered just compensation for our clients who have been injured in scaffolding accidents.
Workers Injured In Scaffolding Accidents May Be Eligible To Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits
When performing your job duties lands you in the hospital, you have several options for financial recovery. One of those options is to file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer. Workers’ compensation claims do not require proving fault or assigning blame; these benefits are available regardless of who may or may not be at fault for your accident. Florida’s workers’ compensation laws provide the following benefits to workers who are injured on the job:
- Cost of medical treatment: coverage for the cost of any reasonable and necessary medical treatment that is a result of the workplace injury
- Benefits for those workers suffering a temporary disability: coverage for a worker’s temporary disability; these are monetary benefits that are intended to replace a portion of the wages that were lost as a result of the workplace injury
- Benefits for workers suffering permanent partial disability: coverage for a worker’s permanent partial disability; this is monetary compensation that varies in amount depending upon the specific body part that has been affected by the disability
- Benefits for workers suffering permanent total disability: coverage for workers who suffer permanent total disability in a workplace accident, a condition that is deemed unlikely to improve with further medical treatment
- Coverage for educational expenses or cost of vocational rehabilitation: coverage for educational expenses or vocational training costs for workers who are injured at the workplace who need to pursue a new line of work as a result of the injury
Victims Of Scaffolding Accidents Due to Negligence May Recover Compensatory Damages Under Personal Injury Law
When negligent behavior causes an accident and someone is hurt as a result, the injured party is protected under personal injury law. Accident victims may file a personal injury claim in the civil court to receive compensatory damages, which may include any of the following losses and more:
- Expenses for medical treatment
- Hospital bills
- Cost of surgery
- Emergency room expenses
- Bills for doctor visits
- Cost of prescription drugs
- Cost of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Cost of in-home assistance
- Future anticipated expenses for medical treatment related to the injury
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of life enjoyment and companionship
- Loss of wages
- Lost earned sick and vacation time
If you choose to file a workers’ compensation claim for your scaffolding accident, then you will be unable to file a personal injury claim against your employer or co-workers for the accident. If, however, there is a third party who shared some level of responsibility for your accident, you may file a personal injury claim against that third party. Deciding whether to file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim against your employer can be a difficult decision. Accident attorneys at Lawlor, White & Murphey are here to guide you in that decision; our team offers a free consultation so that you can make the most informed decision regarding obtaining compensation for your scaffolding accident.
Experienced Trial Attorneys At Lawlor, White & Murphey Have A Proven Track Record Of Recovering Full Compensation For Victims Of Explosion and Fire Accidents
Attorneys at Lawlor, White & Murphey are dedicated to protecting the rights of accident victims and fighting for justice on their behalf. At Lawlor, White & Murphey, our legal team specializes in personal injury law and we have a proven track record of recovering full compensation for victims of explosion and fire accidents.
We understand that pursuing a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim can be challenging and time-consuming. Our experienced team is available to meet with you at no charge to answer your questions, explain the process, evaluate your claim, and discuss the level of compensation you may be eligible to recover. To schedule your free confidential consultation with one of our accident attorneys, contact our office.
Frequently Asked Questions About Scaffolding Accidents In Palm Beach County and Broward County, Florida
Workers’ compensation benefits are available to workers who have been injured in workplace accidents regardless of who is at fault for the accident. If you are filing a personal injury claim for your accident, Florida follows “pure comparative negligence” rules which state that your damage award will be reduced by an amount equal to the percentage of your fault for the accident.
Sometimes scaffolding accidents are caused by negligence, such as failing to conduct safety inspections or failing to properly maintain the scaffolding. Negligence may also include a failure to properly secure the scaffolding or not having an effective fall protection system in place.