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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.

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