Construction sites are naturally dangerous places. Potentially dangerous equipment must be used by workers who often must climb to great heights to complete the needed work. Scaffolding is a common site on many construction sites. Scaffolding, when properly constructed, allows workers to work safely from heights.  When safety concerns are neglected, serious accidents and injuries can result. At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our skilled New Jersey scaffolding accident lawyers are proud to provide the best possible legal guidance to clients injured in scaffolding accidents. We keep our practice small, so we can devote significantly more time and attention to your case than big firms typically provide–and because our lawyers were trained in big law firms, we also deliver big firm financial wins.

Scaffolding is usually temporary.  While scaffolding heights can vary dramatically—with higher heights creating a greater risk of danger—the scaffolding itself is often built quickly.  Most construction companies invest as little as possible in the scaffolding materials and time devoted to building the structure. If you were injured as a result, you may have the right to compensation.

Our scaffolding injury attorneys in Rochelle Park, NJ offer a free consultation to injured workers, bystanders, and their families so that you can learn about your rights. We can even travel to the hospital or your home while you recover. Call or contact us online today to speak with our experienced team.

Scaffolding Accidents Often Result in Serious Injuries

Scaffolding accidents often involve falls from the scaffolding or injuries caused by something or someone else falling.  Depending upon the scaffolding height, serious and even life-threatening injuries can result from a scaffolding accident, including:

At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our New Jersey scaffolding accident lawyers have dedicated their practice to helping injured clients get the money they need to move forward.  Particularly serious injuries can prevent you from ever returning to work in the construction industry. You may require ongoing medical care and rehab or even modifications to your home or vehicle.  We fight to win the financial resources you need to handle these challenges and hold the responsible parties accountable for your accident.

Determining the Cause of Your Scaffolding Accident

Evaluating your right to compensation requires determining what caused your scaffolding accident.  Our accident lawyers at The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., combined, have over 120 years of experience handling these types of cases.  We investigate to see what happened and use that evidence to hold the responsible parties accountable. 

Scaffolding accidents are often caused by:

  • Failure to properly secure the scaffolding
  • Use of poor quality materials
  • Failure to maintain the scaffolding over the time it is in place
  • Lack of proper fall protection systems
  • Malfunctions in the scaffolding “brakes” if the scaffolding is designed to be mobile
  • Failure to conduct safety inspections
  • Severe weather, including high winds or storms

Our Results-Driven New Jersey Scaffolding Accident Lawyers Fight to Get Maximum Compensation for Scaffolding Accident Victims

If you were working when the scaffolding accident happened, you are likely eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.  New Jersey workers’ compensation covers your medical bills and about 2/3 of your lost wages while you recover. While you may be entitled to receive these benefits for as long as it takes to recover, sometimes they simply are not enough to make up for the cost of your injury.

At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our scaffolding injury attorneys in Rochelle Park, NJ have one goal: getting you the most compensation available for your injuries. We can help with your workers’ compensation claim and will evaluate your case to determine whether you may be eligible for additional compensation.

Often, a third party who was not your employer or a co-worker can be held responsible for your scaffolding accident and injuries.  Unlike your employer, these third parties are not immune from lawsuits based on work accidents. By pursuing what is called a “third-party claim”, our lawyers can fight to win compensation for:

  • The full amount of your lost wages
  • Future lost wages
  • Future medical needs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of your loved one’s company or consortium

At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our New Jersey scaffolding accident lawyers know how to build a winning case for compensation.  In almost all cases, your claim will be based on someone else’s negligence. Negligence can be established in a variety of ways depending upon the specific cause of your accident.  Potential parties who may be held accountable include:

  • A contractor who was responsible for installing the scaffolding involved in the accident
  • A company to which your employer outsourced scaffolding installation or oversight
  • An entity responsible for ensuring the scaffolding satisfied applicable safety regulations
  • Equipment manufacturers or designers if a part of the scaffolding itself was defective
  • A third-party who struck the scaffolding with a vehicle and caused it to collapse

Contact an Experienced Scaffolding Accident Lawyer Today to Discuss Options for Recovering Compensation

Millions of construction workers work on scaffolding on a regular basis in the U.S.  Ignoring safety rules causes thousands of injuries and fatalities every year—most of which are entirely preventable.  If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a New Jersey scaffolding accident, you deserve to be fairly compensated. Speaking with a respected scaffolding accident lawyer is the first step to protecting your rights.

Contact us today to schedule a no-obligation consultation to discuss your accident and the impact your injuries have had on your life.  You can also contact us online and we will respond promptly.

New Jersey Scaffolding Accident Lawyers Answer Frequently Asked Questions About Scaffolding Accident Claims

Who is responsible for a construction accident?

Do I have a workplace injury claim if I’m an independent contractor?

What if the scaffolding accident was partly caused because my co-workers and I were not careful enough?

You may still be entitled to compensation.  As long as someone else’s negligence contributed to the accident, your own fault does not completely block your ability to recover compensation in New Jersey.  This is true as long as you are not more at fault than someone else.

What types of safety regulations are in place to prevent scaffolding accidents?

OSHA provides detailed safety rules that apply when scaffolding is used.  Those rules regulate:

– How the scaffolding is constructed, including the types of materials that must be used
– Fall protection systems
– Weight limitations on the scaffolding
– Training required for workers using the scaffolding
– Safety inspections and maintenance while the scaffolding is in place

Following the OSHA standards can significantly cut down on scaffolding accidents on construction sites. When someone cuts corners and causes an accident, our lawyers will work to hold them financially responsible.

Do I have a workplace injury claim if I’m an independent contractor?

The difference between an independent contractor and an employee: there are several different factors that go into that. And just because your employer might pay you on a 1099 does not necessarily mean that you’re an independent contractor. And that’s just one example. Sometimes the employer may take the position that the accident didn’t happen in the course of employment for whatever reason. And so, by hiring the Epstein Law Firm, we can help you weed out those issues, and we can work with you to combat the insurance carriers’ and the employers’ arguments regarding the person as an independent contractor, or did not get injured during the course of employment. There are several circumstances where an employer might take the position that the accident didn’t happen during the course of employment, and there are several factors that go into the determination as to whether or not the employee was actually in the course of their employment at the time of the accident.