Scaffolding Collapse Attorneys in New Jersey

Bergen County lawyers assist victims of construction site injuries

Construction of buildings and other large structures often requires the assembly of scaffolding to protect workers and people on the ground. Unfortunately, sometimes the scaffold itself is not safe. At Seigel Law in Ridgewood, our attorneys have represented accident victims in Bergen County and other New Jersey locations since 1976. If you were hurt, or a loved one was killed in a scaffolding collapse, we will help you pursue the legal relief you deserve. 

Overview of scaffolding collapses

Among construction accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that falls cause the most fatalities. Some of these deaths, along with numerous serious injuries, occur in scaffolding collapses. While OSHA and other regulatory bodies have detailed rules for when and how a scaffold should be used, serious accidents still occur with great frequency. Though the injuries from these falls are very easy to see, pinpointing the party or parties responsible for the incident can be complicated, particularly on a site where there are multiple contractors. That is why engaging an experienced lawyer is so important. 

Types of scaffolding

These three types of scaffolding are commonly used on New Jersey construction projects:

  • Supported scaffold — On a supported scaffold, the working platforms are held up by a metal framework, a mobile surface with locking wheels or another form of structural support.
  • Suspended scaffold — These scaffolds, rather than being bolstered up from the ground, hang from cables that are attached from above, similar to a suspension bridge. 
  • Aerial lift — Sometimes referred to as a scissor or accordion lift, this type of scaffold has a platform that rises as the metal arms beneath it straighten up from a folded position. 

Each type of scaffold has specific advantages and disadvantages. It is critical that the safety equipment being used is appropriate for the specific scaffolding and site conditions. 

Causes of scaffolding accidents

Bringing a scaffolding accident lawsuit starts with determining exactly how the collapse occurred. In many cases, the problem lies with the scaffold itself. It may have structural defects, lack guard rails or have deteriorated over time due to use and weather. Other times, the equipment is sound but faulty installation or assembly is to blame. Some accidents are attributable to unsafe practices, such as overloading the platform. By examining physical evidence, speaking with witnesses and consulting with experts, our proven personal injury lawyers are able to develop a comprehensive narrative of the events that led up to the scaffolding failure. 

Types of serious injuries suffered in accidents involving scaffolding

After any serious injury stemming from a scaffolding collapse, you can trust our attorneys to collect the necessary medical information to support your claim. Specific injuries in these cases can include the following: 

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck, back and spinal cord injuries, that could result in paralysis
  • Broken bones caused by the impact on the ground or from falling materials
  • Internal organ damage from crush injuries and falls from heights

Tragically, injuries from scaffolding collapses are often fatal, and our firm also advises estate representatives and bereaved family members regarding workers’ compensation survivor benefits and wrongful death claims. 

Proving a personal injury claim

If you were hurt in a scaffolding collapse that was not job-related, or if a third party beside your employer or a co-worker was liable for your injury, you can pursue damages in a civil lawsuit. Damages could include reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages and rehabilitation costs, as well as compensation for your pain and suffering and for the diminished enjoyment in your life resulting from the scaffolding accident. Our firm will press for payment from each business or individual that was responsible in any way for the collapse, such as construction contractors, scaffolding manufacturers and parties that damaged the structure. 

Contact a New Jersey scaffolding accident lawyer for a free consultation 

Seigel Law in Ridgewood seeks compensation for victims of New Jersey scaffolding accidents. You can make an appointment for a free initial consultation by calling {PHONE) or contacting us online