Construction workers have difficult jobs, as they are more likely to get hurt on the job than most of us. And oftentimes, such injuries are due to no fault of their own. This is why if you are a construction worker who has recently been hurt in a scaffolding accident, you must take the proper steps toward receiving compensation. Continue reading to learn what proof you must collect for your scaffolding accident claim and how an experienced St. Mary’s County construction accident lawyer at The Dorsey Law Firm can help you do this.
Why do scaffolding accidents commonly occur in the state of Maryland?
As insinuated above, scaffolding accidents are usually not caused by the construction workers themselves but by the negligence of an employer or a third party. Typically, such negligence pertains to disregarding safety protocols. Specific examples of this include the following:
- An employer violates OSHA guidelines.
- An employer fails to install overhead protection.
- An employer fails to properly secure scaffolds.
- A manufacturer sells malfunctioning breaks.
- A manufacturer sells defective or unsafe scaffolds.
- A manufacturer sells defective equipment (i.e., pulleys, fall safety systems, etc).
What evidence do I need for my scaffolding accident claim?
To have a successful scaffolding accident claim, you will need to fulfill the burden of proof. That is, you can only receive compensation if you can prove to the Maryland courts that your injuries were directly due to the negligence of an employer or third party. So, immediately after your accident, you must take the following steps and collect the following evidence:
- Call 911: a law enforcement officer will arrive at the scene, conduct a police report, and dispatch an ambulance.
- Evidence: a copy of your police report.
- Record the scene: you must document your injuries, damages, and the hazards that caused your accident.
- Evidence: photos and videos.
- Attend medical treatment: you must do so at the scene and at scheduled follow-up appointments.
- Evidence: a copy of your medical bill, a doctor’s note, etc.
- Retain the services of a skilled Leonardtown personal injury lawyer: you must request that we help you obtain additional evidence.
- Evidence: a copy of the surveillance camera footage.
What is the statute of limitations in the state of Maryland?
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you will either file a workers’ compensation claim or a third-party claim. But regardless, you must bring your claim forward before the statute of limitations. In the state of Maryland, this deadline is usually three years from the date of your accident. This is why you must not hesitate in reaching out to our firm today.
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