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Scaffold Accidents in New York

Scaffolds are all temporary off-the-ground platforms in a construction site. While necessary, when they are not adequately secured, they become a safety threat on the site.

Workers and pedestrians can end up suffering severe and sometimes fatal injuries. 

You Deserve Compensation.

If you were involved in a scaffolding accident, you should seek legal help to understand your compensation options for scaffold injury claims, workers’ compensation, and wrongful death.

At Braude Law, we have a team of ready scaffold accident lawyers who are ready to help at any minute.

Types of Scaffold Accidents

Scaffold  Accidents happen due to a number of causes. The most common ones include:

  • Falls when workers trip or slip off of a scaffold.
  • The scaffold collapses if improperly installed or supported.
  • Getting hit by falling scaffold objects e.g equipment and debris.
  • Electrocution by wires near the scaffold. 

Determining Liability for a Scaffolding Accident

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) gives detailed regulations on the use of scaffolds in construction. Employers owe employees a duty of care to provide fall arrests or fall protection to employees doing any work that is more than ten feet off the ground.

Employers are also supposed to train workers on how to work with scaffolds. The scaffolds must be erected and dismantled by a competent person, and be inspected before every work shift.

If it can be proven that the employer neglected either of these activities, they can be held liable for the accident.

Another party that may be found liable is the manufacturer of the scaffolding, for faulty scaffolding. In this case, the scaffold won’t have met accepted safety guidelines. When this happens, the construction worker who is injured can file a third-party liability claim against the scaffold manufacturer.

Steps to Take After a Scaffolding Accident


Seek medical care immediately after an injury, and have a doctor assess and document the extent of your injuries, tests, and treatments.


Ensure you report the accident immediately to your supervisor or anyone else who is at the construction site. Note the date you submit the report and to who. 


If there were any witnesses to the accident, make sure you note down their names and contact information. verify their willingness to testify in your case. 


Contact a personal injury lawyer in New York as soon as possible after your accident. They will help in gathering evidence and interviewing your witnesses while everything is still fresh.

How Long Do You Have to File a Scaffolding Accident Claim?

In New York, there are strict guidelines on how long you should take to file a scaffold accident claim against a person or entity from the date of your accident. If the claim is against a governmental entity, the timelines are usually shorter. You might think you might have much time on your hands, but you should always talk to an attorney immediately so that they can keep track of the timelines as you focus on your recovery.

What Type of Compensation Can I Recover?

Scaffold accident victims can seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to:

  • Medical expenses
  • Hospitalization 
  • Lost income and benefits
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Permanent injuries
  • Disabilities
  • Cost of rehabilitative treatment
  • Mobility equipment
  • Non-economic damages such as pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death compensation for families who have lost a loved one from a scaffold injury.

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