Working in construction can be dangerous, and an accident can result in an injury, even if it seems like all safety protocols and procedures have been followed. This is especially true for workers who operate on a scaffold. Depending on how high up you are, a fall from a scaffold can result in critical injuries that take months or even years of physical therapy to heal or even permanent debilitating injuries. During your recovery process, you may spend a large portion of your time bedridden. This can make it difficult to make financial obligations unless you receive some form of monetary compensation. Luckily, there are a few tips that you can use to ensure that you receive financial compensation for a scaffold fall that occurs while you are working.
Make Sure the Safety Regulations for the Scaffold Matches OSHA Regulations
In order to minimize and prevent many injuries, OSHA has a number of regulations in place. Their regulations for scaffolds are extremely detailed. For example, the administration makes clear what can and cannot be on the scaffold at all times. Some of the rules and regulations can be extremely small; therefore, it can be easy for companies to overlook some of the rules. However, neglect on the part of your supervisors and managers can result in a scaffold injury. With the help of a personal-injury attorney, you can double-check scaffold regulations that are used on your construction site against the ones that are required by OSHA. If you find any discrepancies, then they will help to strengthen your case.
Consider Any Prior Injuries That You May Already Have Before Filing a Claim
It is important to consider any past injuries that you may have before filing a personal-injury claim for a scaffold accident. Prior injuries that you may have sustained may make your current injury claim invalid. For example, if you already have a knee injury, and this most recent fall injured your knee, then you may have trouble receiving compensation for the injury. This is because your knee injury is considered to be the result of a previous condition. Your supervisor and managers are only responsible for injuries that are sustained while on the job, not previous injuries.
An extreme scaffold injury can be difficult to fully recover from. Therefore, use these tips to ensure that you receive the best settlement for your claim and get on your way to recovery.