Help for Workers Injured in a Ladder or Scaffolding Accident
Experienced Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Assist Clients Throughout Pennsylvania
When you live in a city like Philadelphia, you get used to seeing construction sites pop up around the city. Because so many of our buildings have multiple levels and floors – when you cannot build out, you build up – construction workers end up on ladders and scaffolds; about 2.3 million construction workers around the country, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. When a worker falls or is injured, the consequences can be long-lasting or even permanent, which is why a skilled Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer is your best bet at getting the help you need after such an accident.
At Larry Pitt & Associates, we have helped construction workers in Philadelphia and throughout the state who were critically injured in an accident involving a scaffold or ladder for the last 35 years. We are familiar with the kinds of injuries you are most likely to sustain, and the circumstances that are most likely to lead to an injury. We are by your side, answering your questions and fighting on your behalf, from Day One.
Why are Ladders and Scaffolds so Dangerous?
Any time you are more than 6 feet off the ground on a worksite, OSHA requires that you have a safety harness or safety supports in place to protect you. That is because a fall from a height over six feet can result in permanent, serious injuries. If you work on a ladder or on a scaffold, you are (by the nature of the work) high enough off the ground that a fall can cause tremendous damage to your body.
Common Causes of Injuries
Because your footing will never be as sure on a ladder or scaffold as it will be on solid ground, the most common cause of a serious worksite injury is a fall. Slipping, or being hit by a falling object, round out the top three causes, as per OSHA. Some of the reasons why you might slip, fall or be hit include:
- Common wear and tear after years of using the same tools
- Defects in the materials which made the ladder or scaffold, including old, worn or rotted planks
- Improperly constructed scaffolds, often because of the haste in which they must be built in order to start a project
- Lack of adequate safety equipment, including harnesses, hard hats, lanyards or guard rails
- Wet or slick ladder rungs or scaffolding planks
For Philadelphia construction workers who are around power lines, the metal of the ladder or scaffold can also lead to an electric shock or death by electrocution, under certain circumstances.
Your Next Steps After an Accident
If you were hurt on a construction site, while painting a house or while working on lines, you have a few available options. First, come see one of the Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers here at Larry Pitt & Associates. We can document your injuries, will work with your union reps (when applicable) and will collaborate with your doctors to ensure that your medical records are up-to-date. Together, we can ensure that your claim for benefits is accurate and complete before we file the claim. If your claim requires a hearing in front of the Board, we will represent you.
If your injury turns out to be permanent, and leaves you unable to work in your current field or in any field, our attorneys can help you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, or even file a third-party personal injury claim on your behalf, depending on the circumstances of your case. When you work with us, we make sure that no stone is left unturned, and that you and your family have the best shot at a brighter future. You have likely spent most of your working life paying into the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation fund; when you need it to help you, we are there to make sure it does.
Our Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Provide Compassionate Counsel for Workers Injured While Using a Ladder or on Scaffolding
Larry Pitt & Associates has more than three decades of experience successfully representing workers who were hurt while using a ladder or a scaffold. We know what it takes to build a successful claim for workers’ compensation benefits in Pennsylvania. Please call 888-748-8529 or fill out our contact form to set up your no-obligation consultation with an experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer. We are proud to help injured workers throughout Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia County from our multiple office locations.