Construction sites are inherently dangerous places to work. One of the most common causes of injury on a job site is the collapse or malfunction of scaffolding. This can happen for a variety of reasons. The workers setting up the scaffolding may lack the necessary skills or supervision. The scaffolding may be poorly designed or inadequate for the job. The scaffolding may be broken or require maintenance or repair to be safe. Regardless of the cause, if you have been injured in a scaffolding accident, you want an experienced lawyer to protect your rights.
At the Law Offices of J. Lewis & Associates, we bring more than 22 years of combined legal experience to people in and around Riverside, California. We are a husband-wife legal team conveniently located across from the Riverside courthouse. If you mention our website when you call, we will give you a $500 discount on your legal fees. To schedule an appointment, contact us by e-mail or call our office toll-free at 1-800-228-0507.
What to Do after a Scaffolding Injury
If you have fallen from scaffolding, or suffered any other injury related to the malfunction of scaffolding, the first thing you want to do is seek the medical attention you need. A scaffolding injury can be serious. If you are unable to move under your own power, or if you are in significant pain, let someone else call for an ambulance. When you receive medical care, make certain you tell doctors, nurses and others about anything that hurts or that seems wrong. Don’t just focus on what seems to be most critical. Often, a long term injury may not be as apparent. If your back or neck feels funny, tell doctors.
Once you have received the medical attention you need, you want to try to preserve evidence and report your injury. Write down the names of anyone that you remember being present when the accident occurred, so that your attorney can interview them. If possible, have someone take pictures of the scene of the accident, including pictures of the scaffolding.
If you are unable to return to work because of your injury, you should move promptly to seek workers’ compensation benefits. Report your injury to your employer and obtain the proper forms for securing workers’ compensation benefits. Remember that most workers’ compensation claims are initially turned down. You may want to consider hiring an attorney to prepare your application for benefits, so that you minimize the risk that you will be rejected.
Contact the Law Offices of J. Lewis & Associates
To discuss your legal needs with an experienced Riverside scaffolding accident injury lawyer, contact our office online or call us toll-free at 1-800-228-0507. There is no charge for your initial consultation. Se Habla Español.