Scaffolding, like ladders, always involves height. According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), over 2 million people in the U.S., mostly construction workers, perform some part of their job on scaffolding. Painters, window cleaners, and other maintenance workers often use scaffolding in their work as well.
Scaffolds are either a supported type built from the ground up or a suspended type, which are suspended from the top of the building. When scaffolding is properly erected and maintained, and workers are properly trained and provided with safety gear, scaffolding is often safe. The employer must take steps to ensure that the worker can perform their job safely. This can include providing railings and safety harnesses. But when an accident occurs, the results can be catastrophic.
Scaffolding accidents may occur when a plank breaks, becomes dislodged or gives way. Other injuries occur when a worker slips and falls or is hit by a falling object. A scaffolding accident may also occur when equipment fails at the point of attachment of the scaffolding parts. Sometimes, too much weight is put onto the scaffold, and the parts give way.
If you suffered injuries from a scaffolding accident, don’t wait to contact a Matthews construction accident attorney for help.
Like many construction accidents, scaffolding accidents can result in a wide range of serious injuries.
Some fractures are easily set. Others require surgery, often including pins, rods, and screws to secure the bones. Healing time depends largely on the type of fracture, the age and health of the victim, and the bones involved. In general, the smaller the bones involved, the less time it takes. The healing process can take weeks to months or even up to a year.
Trauma, such as a scaffolding fall, can cause internal bleeding. Internal bleeding can be difficult to diagnose. Often there is no outward sign of the bleeding going on within the body. Fractures involving the bigger bones of the body can also involve internal bleeding. When an injury has caused the possibility of internal bleeding, a doctor will conduct a thorough examination and will often order an imaging diagnostic tool such as an x-ray or a CT scan.
Treating internal bleeding early is key to a good prognosis. It is important to find the bleed and to stop it. This can involve surgery.
A traumatic brain injury can be a true emergency. Immediate emergency care is required to diagnose and treat the injury. Imaging tests such as an MRI or a CT scan are required to determine the type of brain injury involved and its severity.
Medications can help reduce or eliminate post-injury seizures. A patient may need to be placed under a medically induced coma to help the healing process. Surgery may be required to reduce pressure on the brain or to stop a brain bleed.
Often patients will require extensive rehabilitation to relearn how to walk, talk and carry on with the essentials of daily living.
Every aspect of your life may be affected by a serious back or spinal cord injury. Back injuries take the form of vertebral fractures or dislocations. Either of these can cause a spinal cord injury. Depending on the level of injury, a person may have little to no ability to move or control the area below the injury. Paralysis may be partial or full. There is no way at present to reverse damage to the spinal cord. A patient suffering a spinal cord injury will need ongoing care and rehabilitation to contend with the basics of living.
Any of these injuries will change your life or the lives of your loved ones. Scaffolding falls can cause life-altering injuries. You may not be able to work again or may not be able to pay your medical bills.
If you or a loved one has suffered a scaffolding injury, you will need the help of an experienced attorney to get the continuing care and ongoing support that you will need. The Matthews construction accident lawyers at Panchenko Law Firm are here to help you when you need help most. Contact us today for a free consultation and evaluation of your case. You do not have to do this alone.