Working in construction can be dangerous and even deadly. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 5,250 construction workers died while working on construction sites in 2018, equaling more than 14 deaths a day. Scaffolding on construction sites ranks high among the most cited OSHA standards violations. The “fatal four” causes of accidents on construction sites, according to OSHA, are:
- Being struck by an object
- Being caught in between objects or equipment
Scaffolding Accident Injuries
A fall from scaffolding, if not fatal, can result in life-changing and permanent injuries to a worker. Some of the injuries seen in scaffolding and construction site accidents can include fractures, knee and ankle injuries, back injuries, head injuries, brain injuries, as well as spinal cord injuries and paralysis.
Scaffolding accidents can also come with high medical costs and future medical expenses that may be hard to quantify immediately after an accident.
If you suffered a scaffolding accident through the negligence of a third party, a Los Angeles scaffolding accident lawyer can help you get justice and compensation. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 for a free case evaluation:
Scaffolding Accident Compensation
If you were hurt or a loved one died in a scaffolding accident, you could file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit and receive compensation. While it can be difficult to generalize on the amounts and types of compensation you could receive, as it depends on the severity of injuries and other specifics of your case, you could receive some or all of the following awards:
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages and earning capacity
- All medical costs relating to the work injury
- Future medical costs, including rehabilitation treatments
- Transportation expenses
- Costs of assistance with daily tasks, such as housework
- Loss of use of a limb or limbs
- Physical and mental pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
There may also be other compensation available. A worker dying in their best years is not only upsetting, but can also cause devastating financial strain and mental anguish to the entire family. While no lawsuit can bring back a life, a wrongful death lawsuit can help the family recover from financial stress. If you file a wrongful death lawsuit, you could receive awards for some or all of the following:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical bills
- Emotional pain and anguish
- Loss of financial support and benefits from the deceased
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of parental guidance for children
- Lost prospect of inheritance
Damages in wrongful death cases can also include any interest starting on the date of death.
In personal injury and wrongful death cases, you could also receive punitive awards in addition to any compensatory damages if a defendant has acted in a willful and reckless way, endangering the health and life of others.
More information about compensation in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits is available. A Los Angeles scaffolding accident lawyer can advise you on your particular case.
For a free legal consultation with a scaffolding accidents lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 794-0444
California Statute of Limitations
Acting as soon as you can after an accident and getting some legal advice from a Los Angeles scaffolding accident lawyer can be in your best interests. There may be complex legal issues when third-party liability is involved with scaffolding accidents. Acting in a timely manner can give your lawyer time to research and prepare your case accordingly.
In addition, you must file any personal injury or wrongful death cases within the applicable time frame, according to California Code of Civil Procedure § 335.1, which is generally two years from when the injury or death occurred. Not doing so can bar you from filing suit and getting compensation. Be aware that the time limit for filing may be just six months, such as in cases in which a government entity is involved in your claim.
In the case of a wrongful death lawsuit, we understand that no compensation in the world can bring back your loved one, and that you will need time to grieve and heal. However, do not delay any legal action and bear in mind the statute of limitations. Also, receiving compensation can help you with funeral costs and any medical bills that may have been mounting up. At the very least, receiving compensation can take your financial worries out of the equation and help you concentrate on what matters most: your loved ones.
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How Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Help
Third party liability claims can be complicated, and the party responsible for your accident and damages will most likely put up a fight with their own team of lawyers. Help is available, and you do not need to go through this on your own. We can help you build your case in several ways:
We can gather the evidence needed to prove your case. This will most likely entail gathering accident reports, medical records, medical expenses, and other documentation.
We can also investigate the circumstances of your accident thoroughly in helping you build a case against a negligent and liable third party. This could entail looking at police reports, camera footage, and interviewing witnesses. We may also draw on expert witness opinion to look at all angles of your case.
Negotiation and Representation
We can negotiate with insurance companies and defendants in your case, depending on whether an out-of-court settlement is an option. If it comes to trial, we can represent you in court and fight for your rights and compensation.
Working with us offers the peace of mind that there are no financial liabilities for you such as upfront attorney’s fees or retainers, as we will take our fee from any settlement you may receive.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 to discuss your accident with one of our team members. Let us advise you on your next best steps.