Scissor Lift Accidents

Personal Injury Attorneys In Worcester, Boston, Fitchburg And Surrounding Massachusetts For Workplace Accidents

If you or a family member was injured in a scissor lift accident, contact Ellis Law Offices by email or telephone for a free consultation. We are experts in workers' compensation law, third-party negligence law, construction law and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations that apply to aerial and scissor lifts accidents.

Scissor lifts are commonly used on construction sites and by telephone utility workers, tree removal services/arbor workers, drywallers, painters, carpenters, warehouse employees, and retail, manufacturing and mall workers.

Figures from OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that, year after year, more construction workers die from falling from heights greater than 6 feet. Of those workers who fall from heights over 6 feet, more than 30 percent die.

Like other aerial lifts, scissor lifts pose a serious hazard to those who work on and near them. Serious injuries and death in scissor lift accidents are commonly caused by electrical accidents, as the lift contacts live power lines, by falls out of the lift platform and by collapse or tip-overs. Scissor lifts can raise workers to heights more than 40 feet off the ground. When mishaps occur, the injuries are usually serious, debilitating or fatal.

Exploring All Sources Of Compensation

When scissor lift accidents occur, often employees and even some attorneys think their sole means for compensation is via workers' compensation. This is often not the case. Other parties may be liable via third-party negligence law. Possible liable third parties are the general contractor, subcontractor, project manager, companies that perhaps negligently serviced or maintained the scissor lift or the manufacturer of the lift or the maker of a defective part on the lift.

Third-party cases require proof of negligence by a party other than the direct employer. These cases are complex and require a seasoned law firm that specializes in workers' compensation law, third-party negligence law and the laws and guidelines that govern aerial lift safety, i.e., OSHA.

Ellis Law Offices has been practicing personal injury law since 1968. We have successfully represented injured workers throughout Massachusetts. We understand that on-the-job accidents can result in severe and prolonged injuries that cause physical, emotional and financial strain for injured workers and their families.

Call or email Ellis Law Offices now for your free consultation. For your convenience, home and hospital visits are available anywhere in Massachusetts.