scaffolding accident

What to do After a Scaffolding Accident

The Law Office Of Nicholas E. Tzaneteas

Construction is one of the most dangerous professions, especially in New York. Scaffolding is a critical part of the industry, but these types of accidents can be detrimental-or even fatal. If you or a loved one has experienced a scaffolding accident, call a NYC Construction Accident Lawyer immediately to determine how to navigate the situation, prove your case, and fight for the compensation you’re entitled to. Here’s what to do immediately after a scaffolding accident.

Get medical attention.

This is the important aspect of post-accident protocol. Even if you don’t feel as though you sustained any severe injuries, you should still be examined by a physician. Adrenaline can cloud your pain receptors and make you less aware of your injuries. Or, injuries can take a few hours or days to truly develop after an accident. This step can help your personal injury case should you file one in the future, as well.

Report the accident.

It’s critical to notify your employer of the accident immediately. In New York, construction workers have 30 days to report it. Recount all the details of the accident as thoroughly as possible and put it in writing, and request a copy for yourself to keep. A detailed report is hard to argue in court and can prevent any disputes about your injuries down the line.

Collect evidence and information.

Gather contact information from any potential witnesses or employee on the scene. Take photos of the site, especially if there was a lack of safety equipment or protocols broken at the time of the accident.

It’s also helpful to maintain a personal log of your injuries and any relevant recovery information. The costs of your treatment should be recorded and kept in a file for safekeeping to help you prove your case.


After a traumatic scaffolding injury, the last thing you want to do is deal with the inevitable legal hurdles that ensue. Our experienced team will fight for you to earn you the monetary compensation you deserve. We will review your accident and determine whether you have a case and if you are eligible for financial compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Contact the Law Firm of Nicholas Tzaneteas for a free consultation today at (718) 704-5519. Or, fill out our online form here for a no-obligation evaluation of your case.

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