Construction and industrial sites present several hazardous conditions for workers to navigate. Falling from an elevated work site usually results in catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain damage, spinal cord injuries, and death. Faulty equipment, improperly installed scaffolding, inadequately cleared roofs, and poor training could all lead to disastrous falls. If you sustained severe injuries from a significant fall, you could be facing years of medical expenses, physical therapy, and lost income.
Our experienced Maryland workers’ compensation attorneys for injuries from falls from height are committed to providing professional and aggressive representation for our injured clients. Call Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free case consultation.
Getting Workers’ Compensation in Maryland for Injuries from Falling from a High Height
Worker fatalities as a result of falls from elevated work sites are not uncommon. When the fall does not lead to death, the injuries and medical complications sustained could adversely affect a worker for the rest of their lives. Permanent physical disabilities or significant brain damage can ruin the quality of life for the injured individual and their family while the loss of income strains the family’s financial resources. Our experienced Maryland personal injury attorney recognizes the stress and hardships that accompany a catastrophic injury and will aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve.
After sustaining an injury from a fall from an elevated worksite, a Maryland resident will usually file a workers’ compensation claim to cover the cost of medical bills and lost wages. In 1902, Maryland was the first state to pass legislation creating a comprehensive workers’ compensation program.
A significant advantage for injured individuals filing for workers’ compensation is that it is not necessary to prove any wrongdoing, negligence, or fault on the part of any other party. As long as the injury occurred at the worksite and during the course of employment, the claim should be approved. However, the process can be challenging to navigate. Our Maryland attorney will assist you in preparing and filing the proper documentation to ensure your claim is processed and your compensation awarded. If your claim is denied, Rice, Murtha & Psoras will handle your appeal.
Workers’ compensation will provide a lifetime of coverage for medical expenses for an injured worker. However, in many instances, the benefits are not adequate to cover all of the related costs associated with a severe or debilitating injury. Unfortunately, the award for lost wages is capped. Furthermore, workers’ compensation does not award monetary benefits for noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering. Additionally, it generally prohibits a civil lawsuit against the employer to cover the additional expenses and losses. There are some rare circumstances where this prohibition could be overcome. For example, if the injury was the direct result of the deliberate and willful negligent conduct of the employer. We will thoroughly examine the facts of your claim and the nature of your accident to determine if your employer could be held liable for your damages.
Third Party Liability for High Height Fall Injuries Sustained by Maryland Residents
While the prohibition is against bringing a personal injury claim against your employer, it does not prohibit all civil lawsuits. Depending on the nature of your injury and the facts surrounding your accident, other parties might have contributed to the hazardous condition.
Our Maryland lawyers will investigate all of the factors relating to your accident and injury. If another party’s conduct contributed to your harm, we will work to find evidence to hold those other individuals or companies accountable for your injuries.
A wide range of parties could have contributed to the dangerous conditions that lead to your injury. Some of the potential parties we will examine include:
Owners of the Premises
The property owners of construction and industrial sites have a duty to warn visitors and workers of any known dangerous conditions. During actual construction, this duty may not apply as the owner is not in control of the property. However, if there were known unsafe conditions, such as faulty elevator shafts, then the owner could be held liable for any injuries sustained.
Architects and Engineers
Building plans and designs are required to meet specific building codes and engineering standards. If an injury occurs as a result of a preventable code violation or architectural design flaw, such as a miscalculation on the strength of a supporting wall, the architect could be responsible for any damage you suffered.
Part of the duty of a sub or general contractor is to provide a safe working environment. This includes ensuring that workers are adequately trained and provided proper safety equipment. For example, failing to supply workers safety harnesses or improperly training a crane operator could result in catastrophic injures.
All of the safety precautions and training could be rendered meaningless in an instant if a worker employs a defective tool or if there is a design flaw in the construction equipment. Manufacturers have a duty to ensure that their products are fit for the purpose intended. If the scaffolding has a design flaw and is unable to support the weight of a worker or if a ladder has defective rungs, the manufacturer could be held liable for any injuries caused by their products.
When your injury is the direct result of a third party’s negligence you can file a personal injury claim against them. Doing so might allow you to recover significantly more compensation than through a workers’ compensation claim. At Rice, Murtha & Psoras, we are dedicated to helping injured individuals receive the compensation they deserve, either through a workers’ compensation claim or through a civil lawsuit.
Call Our Maryland Workers’ Compensation Attorney for Injuries from Falls from Height for a Free Consultation
Our Maryland workers’ comp. attorneys for injuries from falls from height are committed to providing professional and aggressive representation for our injured clients. Call Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free case consultation.