Construction workers put themselves in potentially hazardous situations every day when they go to work. Something that can frequently become a hazard at a construction site can include scaffolding. This is a structure of wood planks and metal poles that can become dangerous in the event that it is not made or maintained properly. If an accident does happen because of this, injured construction workers can recover compensation for any damages they incur. When facing these situations, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for assistance.
How Can a Scaffolding Accident Happen?
Oftentimes, scaffolding accidents happen as a result of negligence. This may be the case if the guidelines set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are not followed. These are mandatory standards that exist in order to protect employees in their place of work. This is meant to be done through worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training. Failure to follow these guidelines can result in scaffolds not being properly secured, missing overhead protection, a lack of functioning brakes, pulleys, defective fall safety systems, insufficient manufacturing or maintenance, and more.
How Do I Sue After an Accident?
When a personal injury occurs in a scaffolding accident, the injured party may wish to pursue legal action. Doing so allows them the opportunity to recover compensation for any damages that stem from the accident, such as medical bills or lost wages. During this time, the injured party is required to prove negligence with evidence that shows the other party breached their duty of care, thus directly causing their injuries. Usually, these cases are against a third-party instead of an employee directly suing their employer.
How Long Do I Have to Sue?
When an injured party wants to sue a third party, it is important to keep the statute of limitations in mind. This is a deadline they are required to meet to file a claim, otherwise, they can lose their chance to do so. In the state of New Jersey, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the injury.
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If you have been injured as a result of a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.