An outstanding number of construction workers die on the job yearly. Most of these accidental fatalities result from scaffolding falls and other falls from high elevations. Most construction fall accidents happen when safety standards aren’t met. The platforms of scaffolds must have guardrails around its perimeter to meet safety standards. No guardrails at such great heights represent a high-risk peril to workers. People injured in construction accidents may have grounds to file for personal injury, workers’ compensation, product liability or wrongful death. In addition to unsafe working conditions, an apparatus, machine or tool may have been defective, malfunctioned and caused injury. The manufacturer of defective products is also liable if the person gets injured while using it. Families can file wrongful death lawsuits when a loved one dies from injuries sustained in construction accidents.
Whatever category construction accident lawsuits fall under, a scaffold accident attorney in Nassau County, NY can get clients the compensation they need adjust to unfortunate changes. Injured workers who are expected to make a decent recovery may be pressured by employers to work while they’re still hurt. If they don’t, they might be warned that workers’ compensation will not be enough to make ends meet. A scaffold accident attorney in Nassau County, NY, works to make sure employers give their workers all the benefits they’re entitled to. This includes providing the funds for medical expenses, money to pay for living expenses and the time off they need to make a full recovery. Some employers try to cheat workers out of benefits crucial to their well-being after being injured. When an attorney advocates for the client, this won’t happen.
Family members of anyone who has died from an accident can file a wrongful death claim. Lawyers use their resources to find out what category the accident falls under. They need to know if there was a defective product, a violation of OSHA, or a combination of both. This information helps them name all liable parties. There may be witnesses that can back up the findings. A doctor can name the cause of death, which may serve as proof for what caused the accident. Contact the Law Office of Steven R. Smith for a consultation. Browse the website for more information on personal injury litigation.