Scissor lifts are a great asset to construction and other types of work that involve heights, which is common. These heavy machines boost workers and/or machinery into the air and are intended to do so safely. When scissor lifts are involved in accidents caused by negligent operators, negligent companies, faulty maintenance, or anything else, the results are often devastating. If you've been injured in a scissor lift accident, don't delay consulting with an experienced Missouri workers' compensation attorney.
Scissor lifts come in many forms that are intended to perform a wide variety of functions, including:
Scissor lifts are typically used for heavy-duty work, which makes any ensuing accidents that much more dangerous.
A 2012 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health shares several grim determinations related to scissor lift accidents, including:
In other words, scissor lift accidents happen, and they tend to be exceedingly dangerous.
Scissor lifts represent heavy, dangerous equipment that requires all of the following conditions to operate at peak safety:
If any one of these is missing, a dangerous scissor lift accident becomes that much more likely. Negligence in such an accident can lie with the employing company, the scissor lift operator, the scissor lift manufacturer, and more.
If you are injured in a scissor lift accident in the course of your work, workers' compensation covers you regardless of whether you or your employer is at fault. Workers' compensation, however, will only cover you for a percentage of your lost wages and for your medical expenses. If a third-party is at fault or shares fault in your accident, on the other hand, you can pursue compensation for your full range of damages via a personal injury case. Such entities can include the manufacturer, a mechanic, a subcontractor, the owner of the construction site, and more depending upon the circumstances at hand.
If you've been injured in a scissor lift accident, the dedicated Missouri workers' compensation attorneys at The Law Firm of Webster & Carlton are committed to zealously advocating for your rights and for your rightful compensation. With offices in both Springfield and Joplin, our legal team is on your side. To learn more, please don't hesitate to contact us online or call us at 417-890-4600 (Springfield) or 417-781-5690 (Joplin) today.