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Boston Scaffolding Accident Lawyer

Have you suffered an injury in a scaffolding accident in Boston, MA? You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits or damages in a third-party claim. The Boston scaffolding accident lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP will work with you to get you the most money available for your injury claim.

Our lawyers have over 100 years of combined legal experience. We understand the complex laws related to construction site accidents. For decades, we have been fighting for the rights of accident victims to receive fair compensation.

Call Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP at (617)-391-9001 now to schedule a free consultation. You can discuss your case with one of our construction accident lawyers in Boston free of charge.

How Our Boston Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help if You’ve Been Injured in a Scaffolding Accident

Construction worker

Injuries and accidents can turn your life upside down. You may be out of work for months as you recover from your injury. We understand the financial crisis that a scaffolding accident can cause. 

The seasoned lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP have over 100 years of combined legal experience. We use the skills, resources, and experience developed over decades to fight for our clients’ best interests. 

Our legal team has recovered multi-million dollar awards for our clients. We do not stop fighting until all sources of compensation for damages are exhausted. 

When you hire our legal team, you can expect us to:

  • Examine and analyze the facts of the case to provide an assessment of the claim
  • Conduct a comprehensive investigation to gather evidence and document damages
  • Consult with your physicians and medical experts to determine the extent of your injuries and damages
  • File insurance claims and aggressively negotiate the highest settlement possible
  • Monitor deadlines, file a personal injury claim, and represent you in court

Seeking legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer in Boston, Massachusetts, is the first step in protecting your best interests after a scaffolding accident.

Call our law office now to request your free consultation with a Boston construction accident lawyers

How Common are Scaffolding Accidents?

Builder climbing on scaffolding

Many of the scaffolding accidents each year take place in the construction industry. Scaffolding is a necessary tool used in construction to allow workers to reach levels that a ladder will not reach. Scaffolds allow for repairs and other projects on existing buildings.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that about 65 percent of construction workers use scaffolds as part of their job. Each year, over 60 people die and more than 4,500 individuals are injured in scaffolding accidents. 

Construction companies and contractors use many types of scaffolds, including supported scaffolds on high buildings throughout Boston. The workers who use that scaffolding could be at risk for injuries and life-threatening conditions. 

Overview of Scaffolding Accidents

A scaffold is a temporary work platform workers use to elevate themselves, equipment, and materials. Workers may stand or sit on the platform as we work at heights way above the ground. Scaffolding may be constructed from a variety of materials, including wood and metal. 

Scaffolds may be constructed from the ground or suspended from the roof. Scaffolding constructed from the ground increases in height as the construction progresses upward. Improper scaffold construction or faulty materials can fail, resulting in injured construction workers.

What Causes Scaffolding Accidents?

A BLS study revealed that almost three-fourths of scaffolding accidents could be attributed to one of three causes:

  • The scaffolding platform gave way
  • The worker slipped and fell
  • A falling object struck the worker 
worker on scaffold

Platforms might give way, injuring workers, because of improper assembly, inadequate maintenance, or defective equipment. A lack of guardrails and slippery surfaces can contribute to a slip and fall scaffolding accident. Because construction is going on overhead, there is always a risk of a falling object striking the worker or the scaffold.

Other causes of scaffolding accidents include:

  • Hazardous weather conditions
  • Poor quality material used to construct the scaffold
  • Inadequate worker training
  • Failure to protect workers from falls
  • Failure to follow OSHA’s safety standards and regulations for using scaffolds

Errors and negligence when use scaffolding can lead to serious injuries on a construction site or job site. 

Injuries Sustained in Boston Scaffolding Accidents

Because of the height of the work area, scaffolding accidents can result in traumatic injuries and fatalities. 

Common scaffolding accident injuries include:

It is important to remember that other individuals could be injured because of a scaffolding accident. Other workers and pedestrians could be injured if the scaffolding collapses or items fall from the scaffolding. 

Who is Liable for the Damages Caused by a Scaffolding Accident?

working on scaffolding

Depending on the cause of the scaffolding accident, one or more parties could be liable for damages, including lost wages.

If the construction accident occurred during the ordinary course of employment, the injury might be covered by Massachusetts workers’ compensation insurance. A worker does not need to prove negligence or fault to receive workers’ compensation benefits. 

Scaffolding manufacturers might be liable for damages if the accident occurred because of a defective product. General contractors and installers may be liable for damages if we fail to install the scaffolding correctly. Property owners could also be liable for a scaffolding accident if a dangerous condition on the property contributed to the cause of the accident. 

It could be difficult to determine who is liable for your damages unless you can identify the cause of the scaffolding accident. Our Boston personal injury lawyers work with engineers and other experts to investigate the cause of the accident. 

Identifying each party who could be liable for your damages is crucial. It increases your chance of receiving maximum compensation for damages.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Boston Scaffolding Accident Lawyers

At Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, our lawyers have significant experience handling scaffolding accidents and wrongful death claims. We understand the complexities associated with these types of personal injury claims.

If you were injured in a scaffolding accident, please call the experienced personal injury lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation. It does not cost you anything to learn about your legal rights and discuss your options for recovering the compensation you deserve.

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