Scaffolding and Ladder Accidents
Jobs that require employees to work at heights present a significant risk of falls, and people who need to ascend ladders and work on scaffolds in the workplace often suffer injuries due to accidents. Falls from heights may cause substantial and permanent injuries. If you suffered injuries in a scaffolding or ladder accident, you may be eligible to recover workers’ compensation benefits. The New Jersey scaffolding accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can assess the circumstances surrounding your injury and advise you on the benefits that may be available for your harm.Injuries Sustained in Scaffolding and Ladder Accidents
Roofers, construction workers, and painters often employ ladders and scaffolds to complete their job duties. Due to the risk of working at heights, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets forth stringent guidelines regarding the protective measures that businesses must put in place for employees who work on ladders and scaffolds. Workers must have protective equipment, and scaffolding must be able to withstand a certain weight and must have guardrails on any side not facing a building.
Many employers disregard the guidelines and allow people to work in unsafe environments, however. Even if employers take proper measures to ensure their employees’ safety, accidents may occur. Falls from scaffolding and ladders typically cause grave injuries, including fractures, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and in some cases, paralysis or death. Our scaffolding accident attorneys can help New Jersey residents pursue the full scope of benefits for these serious conditions.Workers’ Compensation Benefits Available Following a Scaffolding or Ladder Accident
Generally, people injured in workplace accidents can seek workers’ compensation benefits for their harm. To be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, a person must be an employee, which means that independent contractors are not owed benefits. Additionally, the accident must occur while the employee is in the course and scope of his or her employment. An employee does not need to prove that his or her employer acted negligently to recover workers’ compensation benefits, however. Instead, employees may recover benefits regardless of whether their employers were at fault for the harmful event.
Benefits recoverable following a workplace injury include medical benefits and income benefits. Medical benefits include any treatment that the employee needs to be restored to his or her pre-accident condition, as long as the treatment is reasonable. It is important to note, though, that in most cases, the employer has the right to choose the employee’s treating physician. Treatment following falls may include hospitalization, surgery, occupational and physical therapy, and assistive devices.
If an employee is unable to work for more than seven days following an accident, our New Jersey scaffolding accident attorneys may be able to recover disability benefits on the employee’s behalf as well. Temporary disability benefits are paid to an employee who cannot work at a rate of 70% of the employee’s average weekly wage, within certain limits. Temporary benefits usually continue until the employee reaches maximum medical improvement, or until the employee returns to work. If the employee’s disability continues after the temporary benefits period, he or she may be eligible to receive permanent partial or permanent total disability benefits. The amount of permanent disability benefits paid and the length of time for which an employee receives these benefits depend on numerous factors, including the severity of the injury. If an employee dies due to a scaffolding or ladder accident, his or her family may be eligible to receive death benefits.Speak with a Capable Work Injury Lawyer
Scaffolding and ladder accidents often cause devastating injuries, and many employees injured in these accidents never fully recover from their harm. At The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, our knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorneys will work to help you recover any benefits that you may be owed so that you can move forward with your life. Our scaffolding accident lawyers represent people across New Jersey, including individuals in Burlington, Atlantic, Bergen, Camden, Hudson, Essex, Middlesex, Mercer, Ocean, Somerset, Monmouth, Passaic, and Union Counties. You can contact us at 877-450-8301 or through our online form to set up a meeting.