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Scaffolding Injury Lawyer

Whether you're a construction worker building skyscrapers or a homeowner undertaking renovations, the importance of safety can't be overstated. Scaffolding is a ubiquitous feature on construction sites, providing a temporary, sturdy structure for work at heights. However, if proper safety regulations aren't strictly adhered to, it can be a significant source of danger, leading to serious injuries or even fatalities. When such unfortunate incidents occur, the assistance of a seasoned scaffolding injury lawyer is paramount.

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What is a Scaffolding Injury?

A scaffolding injury refers to any injury that occurs while working on or around scaffolding. Scaffolding is a temporary structure used in construction or maintenance projects to provide a platform for workers to perform tasks at elevated heights. These injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to more serious falls, fractures, or even fatalities.

How Common Are Scaffolding Injuries?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that falls account for 34% of all construction worker deaths, with scaffolding accidents being a significant contributor. Scaffolding injuries often result from structural instability, falling objects, electrocution, and slips or falls due to unsafe working conditions.

How a Scaffolding Injury Lawyer Can Help

Scaffolding Injury Lawyer

After a scaffolding accident, you need more than just medical help; you need legal representation. A qualified scaffolding injury lawyer from a respected firm like The Law Offices of John M. McCabe can guide you through the complex legal landscape.

Scaffolding injury lawyers specialize in construction law, workers' compensation, and personal injury lawsuits. They have the knowledge, experience, and skills to determine whether negligence played a role in the accident. This could be negligence on the part of the employer, scaffolding manufacturer, or another party.

A skilled scaffolding injury lawyer will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident, collect and preserve crucial evidence, interview witnesses, and collaborate with experts to build a robust case on your behalf.

Common Scaffolding Injuries

Victims can sustain injuries ranging from fractures and broken bones to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and in the most tragic cases, death. The aftermath of a scaffolding accident can be life-altering, leaving victims and their families with enormous medical bills, lost wages, and an uncertain future. Here are some of the most common types of scaffolding injuries:


Falls from height are among the most common and deadly scaffolding accidents. Workers can fall from scaffolding due to a lack of guardrails, slippery surfaces, or structural instability. Such falls can result in severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones.

Struck by Falling Objects

Even when workers themselves are not on the scaffolding, they may be injured by tools, materials, or debris that fall from the scaffolding. Injuries can range from contusions and lacerations to more severe injuries like concussions or skull fractures.

Scaffold Collapse

If scaffolding isn't constructed correctly or is overloaded with weight, it can collapse, leading to serious injuries or fatalities. Victims may suffer from crushed or broken bones, internal injuries, or traumatic brain injuries.


Scaffolding is often set up near power lines, and if it is not properly insulated or positioned a safe distance away, workers can suffer electrical burns, electrocution, or fall due to an electrical shock.

Overexertion and Repetitive Stress Injuries

Working on scaffolding often involves heavy lifting and repetitive movements, which can lead to musculoskeletal disorders like strains, sprains, or repetitive stress injuries.

Respiratory Problems

In some cases, scaffolding is used near hazardous materials that can cause respiratory issues when inhaled. Asbestos, silica, and other dust can lead to long-term respiratory illnesses.

Who Can Be Held Liable for a Scaffolding Injury?

When a scaffolding injury occurs, determining liability can be a complex task due to the numerous parties involved in a construction site. Here are some potential parties who could be held liable for a scaffolding injury:

Employer/Construction Company

The company overseeing the construction project has an obligation to provide a safe working environment. This includes properly erecting, maintaining, and inspecting the scaffolding. If they fail to do this, they could be held liable for injuries sustained.

Scaffolding Manufacturers

If an accident occurs due to a defect in the scaffolding itself, the manufacturer of the equipment may be held responsible. This can include flaws in the design, manufacturing, or a failure to provide adequate instructions or warnings.

Property Owners

In some cases, the owner of the property where the construction is taking place may be held liable. If they were aware or should have been aware of the hazardous condition and failed to address it, they could be responsible for injuries.

Contractors and Subcontractors

Both general contractors and subcontractors have a responsibility to ensure the safety of workers on the construction site. They may be held liable if they failed to provide proper training or did not ensure safety measures were followed.

Architects and Engineers

These professionals may be held liable if their designs do not incorporate proper safety measures, or if they fail to follow local and national safety codes during the design and planning process.

Equipment Rental Companies

If scaffolding equipment was rented, the rental company may be held liable if they supplied faulty equipment or failed to provide proper instructions for use.

What Does Workers' Compensation Cover?

Workers' compensation is a type of insurance that employers are required to carry in most states to cover employees who are injured or become ill as a result of their work. The specifics of what is covered can vary from state to state, but generally, workers' compensation provides benefits for the following:

Medical Expenses

Workers' compensation typically covers all necessary and reasonable medical treatment related to the work injury or illness. This can include hospital stays, doctor's visits, surgeries, medication, physical therapy, and any necessary medical equipment.

Temporary Disability Benefits

If a worker is unable to return to work while recovering from an injury or illness, temporary disability benefits provide partial wage replacement. The amount is usually a percentage of the worker's average weekly wage.

Permanent Disability Benefits

If a worker's injury or illness results in a permanent disability that reduces their ability to earn a living, they may be eligible for permanent disability benefits. The amount depends on the nature and extent of the permanent disability.

Vocational Rehabilitation

If a worker cannot return to their previous job due to their injury or illness, workers' compensation may cover retraining or vocational rehabilitation to help the worker find a new job within their physical capabilities.

Death Benefits

In the unfortunate event that a worker dies as a result of a work-related injury or illness, workers' compensation provides death benefits to the worker's dependents. This usually includes funeral and burial expenses and loss of support benefits.

Protecting Your Rights with The Law Offices of John M. McCabe

At The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, we understand the pain and uncertainty that scaffolding injuries can cause. We firmly believe that injured workers or their families should not bear the financial burden of an accident caused by someone else's negligence.

Our legal team is committed to helping you pursue maximum compensation for your losses. When you hire us, we will tirelessly advocate for your rights and fight for the justice you deserve.

Why Choose The Law Offices of John M. McCabe?

Here's what sets us apart:


We have years of experience (since 1994!) dealing with scaffolding injuries, and understand the specific legal and regulatory landscape that governs these cases.

Comprehensive Case Building

We meticulously build each case, leaving no stone unturned. We know that every detail can be critical in proving negligence and securing your compensation.

Client-Centric Approach

Our clients' needs and interests always come first. We provide compassionate, personalized attention to every client and their unique circumstances.

Aggressive Representation

Whether negotiating a settlement or representing you in court, we aggressively pursue the best possible outcome for your case.

In the aftermath of a scaffolding accident, you need a scaffolding injury lawyer who can stand up for your rights. At The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, we're ready to do just that. Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us put our experience to work for you.

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Call us at (866) 907-1145 24/7 to arrange to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case, or contact us through the website today.


1. What should I do if I've been injured in a scaffolding accident?

After a scaffolding accident, the first step is to seek immediate medical attention. Even if you don't feel injured, some injuries may not be immediately apparent. It's also important to report the accident to your employer and document everything as accurately as possible, including taking pictures of the accident site and your injuries. Finally, consult with a skilled scaffolding injury lawyer to understand your legal rights and options.

2. Who can be held responsible for my scaffolding injury?

Responsibility can lie with various parties depending on the specific circumstances, including the construction company, scaffolding manufacturer, property owner, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, or equipment rental companies. A scaffolding injury lawyer can help determine who is liable based on the facts of your case.

3. Can I sue my employer if I get injured on scaffolding at work?

In many jurisdictions, workers' compensation laws prohibit employees from suing their employers for on-the-job injuries. Instead, injured workers can file a workers' compensation claim. However, if a third party contributed to the injury, such as a scaffolding manufacturer or a contractor from another company, it might be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit against that party.

4. What compensation can I expect from a scaffolding injury claim?

Compensation depends on the specific details of your case, but it often includes medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering. In certain cases where negligence was especially egregious, punitive damages may be awarded. Your lawyer can provide a more precise estimate based on the specifics of your case.

5. What if I can't afford to hire a scaffolding injury lawyer?

Many personal injury attorneys, including scaffolding injury lawyers, work on a contingency fee basis. This means they only get paid if they win your case or secure a settlement. The fee is typically a percentage of the compensation received. This arrangement allows victims to pursue justice without worrying about upfront legal costs.

6. How long do I have to file a claim after a scaffolding injury?

The time limit, or statute of limitations, varies by state and the nature of the claim. For workers' compensation claims, the deadline can be quite short—sometimes as little as a few days to report the injury to your employer. For personal injury lawsuits, the statute of limitations often ranges from one to three years. It's important to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible to avoid missing these deadlines.

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