Jackson Scaffold & Ladder Injury Lawyer
In any Mississippi workplace where employees use scaffolding and ladders on a regular basis, you can expect that serious injuries will be common. The construction industry comes to mind first, and statistics compiled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reveal the risks. Of the 2.3 million construction workers who work on these structures, more than 60 are killed and another 4,500 suffer injuries every year. Besides physical pain, these employees incur medical bills and lost wages due to scaffolding and ladder accidents that are preventable.
Your situation may seem grim if you suffered injuries while working on scaffolding or ladders, but you do have rights under Mississippi workers’ compensation laws. Monetary benefits are available to provide financial support until you can return to work, and Keith B. French Law can help with the process. Please contact our firm to schedule a no-cost consultation with a Jackson scaffolding & ladder injury lawyer who can offer details. You might also benefit from reviewing some background information.
Multiple Risks When Working on Scaffolding and Ladders
These structures are essential in the construction industry, saving time and money to get the job done efficiently. However, when not in compliance with OSHA standards or otherwise unsafe, scaffolding and ladder accidents can occur. Some of the most common incidents include:
- Falls, which may occur due to lack of protective equipment like guardrails and a safe access point to the scaffold platform;
- Scaffold or ladder collapse when crews do not follow proper protocols for erection, weight, and stability;
- Being struck by falling debris from work being conducted on the structure, which affects workers below when they are not properly protected; and
- Electrocution, when there is not at least 10 feet between the scaffolding and any electrical hazard.
Take Prompt Action to Seek Workers’ Comp Benefits
Your first priority after being injured on a scaffolding or ladder should be getting proper medical care, either at the ER, an urgent care center, or your own physician. The next step is notifying your employer about the accident, at which point the workers’ comp insurance company will process the claim. Depending on your circumstances, monetary benefits may include:
- Medical costs for treatment;
- Lost wages for days away from work;
- Permanent or temporary disability payments, for total or partial disability; and
- Death benefits, if you are the surviving family member of an employee who was killed in a workplace accident.
The Jackson workplace scaffolding and ladder injuries lawyer at Keith B. French Law will advocate on your behalf in dealing with the insurer. If the company refuses to pay proper benefits, we will take next steps through the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Our Jackson Workplace Scaffold & Ladder Injuries Lawyer Can Advise You
To learn more about Mississippi workers’ comp benefits and the legal process, please contact the Jackson offices of Keith B. French Law. You can set up a free case review with an experienced attorney by calling 601-983-2667 or checking us out online. After assessing your circumstances, we can advise you on next steps.