I fell from scaffolding while I was on a jobsite? Is my employer liable?
If your employer carries workers’ compensation insurance, you may not be able to launch a personal injury lawsuit against your employer. The insurance may replace some lost wages and pay medical expenses. Fault is not a factor to receive these benefits.
In many instances, falls on a jobsite are caused by unsafe work and/or site conditions. Many of those accidents involve unbalanced ladders, falling down an open elevator shaft, falling off scaffolding, collapsed scaffolding and improperly guarded stairwells. There are numerous other causes for jobsite accidents and every year thousands of workers sustain serious and/or fatal injuries.
Falls are cited as being the cause for the highest number of fatalities in the building trade. Up to 360 deaths happen every year and according to OSHA, scaffold accidents take the lives of 50 workers and injure 4,500 annually.
However, if you are injured in a fall that was caused by your employer’s negligence and your employer does not have workers’ compensation, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. Additionally, if your injuries were sustained as a result of a third party, you may also be able to file a suit even if your employer has worker’s compensation insurance. Each case is different and the circumstances dictate what you may be eligible for in compensation.
Filing a personal injury lawsuit means you may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, loss of current and future wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Do not wait to file a claim or you may lose the opportunity to pursue your case in a court of law.
Other Workplace Injury FAQs:
- A co-worker told me that I could get some help from an Ombudsman. What does that person do and where would I get help?
- A colleague of mine said any information I might provide regarding a workers’ compensation claim would be available for anyone to see. Is that correct?
- A friend of mine was killed when a trench collapsed. Are those kinds of accidents common?
- Are partial days lost counted in the total number of days lost from work due to an injury for which injured persons may be compensated?
- Can my employer fire me if I have been hurt while on-the-job?
- Do all work injuries on the job have to be reported? I injured myself at work and never formally reported the injury, but my supervisor knows about it.
- Do rates of compensation vary? How are they figured out?
- Does OSHA work with all workers?
- I am going to have to file a dispute with regard to my Workers’ Compensation claim. What is involved in that process?
- I am supposed to see a designated doctor for an examination. Do I have to go?
- I am worried about any of my private information getting out or being shared around to other agencies. Is the material in my claim file confidential?
- I fell at work because of a poorly constructed scaffold. My co-workers said I need to speak to an attorney. Do I need a lawyer?
- I fell from scaffolding while I was on a jobsite? Is my employer liable?
- I have been off work for several months due to an injury, but am recovering well. I think I am ready to go back to work, but I have not been cleared to go back yet. What are my options?
- I have some serious concerns about the safety in my workplace. Can I report this somewhere?
- I was hurt on-the-job and want to know what kind of work-related injures are covered if I am able to file a personal injury lawsuit?
- I was hurt on-the-job. Should I file a personal injury claim or a workers’ compensation claim?
- I was told that if I take time off to go to the doctor or physiotherapist or to attend another therapeutic session for recovery, it counts as lost time. Is that correct?
- I work for a large Texas construction company and there are several workplace issues that should be reported. Is that something I can do?
- If I am eligible to seek compensation from the court in the form of a lawsuit, what compensation may I receive for my injuries?
- If I am injured on the job, who pays for prescriptions?
- If I do get workers’ compensation benefits, are they taxed?
- If I have been injured while at work, am I allowed to see my own doctor?
- In terms of compensation for an injury on-the-job, which is the best route to pursue, a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim?
- In Texas, when is a workplace injury not covered by a workers’ compensation policy?
- Is the Texas company that I work for required to carry workers’ compensation?
- Is there a defined period of time in which I must report a workplace injury to my employer?
- My colleague was injured at work. Is he required to report the accident?
- My doctor told me I have developed seriously inflamed lungs leading to a pre-cancerous condition as a result of working with hazardous chemicals on my jobsite. Can I file a personal injury lawsuit against my employer?
- My employer and I do not see eye-to-eye on my workers’ compensation benefits. What are my options to move forward?
- My employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance. What does that mean for me?
- My husband fell from the scaffolding at this workplace and sustained serious head injuries that subsequently killed him. Does workers’ compensation apply to me?
- My insurance provider denied my claim. What do I do now?
- Should I be concerned about safety at work?
- What are employers responsible for if OSHA can impact them?
- What are some of the common causes of accidents on a construction site?
- What are the most cited standards in the workplace?
- What do common injury costs include?
- What is counted in figuring out whether or not a worker has lost more than one day of work due to an on-the-job injury? Is the date of injury counted?
- What is OSHA, and how does it affect job safety?
- What rights do I have as a worker?