Recovery for Injuries Suffered During a Ladder Fall
The ladder is one of the world’s simplest, and yet most dangerous, inventions. Failure of this basic construction tool can send a worker hurtling to the ground below — sometimes several stories, but even just a couple of feet can result in severe injuries.
Falls from ladders remain the leading cause of construction site deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 43 percent of all fatal falls and 81 percent of serious construction-related fall injuries occur on ladders. As a result, thousands of construction workers suffer brain damage, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, deep cuts and other serious and life-threatening injuries.
Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. regularly represents construction workers who have suffered serious injuries because of ladder defects. We thoroughly investigate all aspects of your construction accident to determine what happened and who is to blame. With more than three decades of experience, our attorneys have the exceptional skills and vast resources to uncover the truth and hold the negligent parties responsible for your injuries. Our goal is, not only to recover the money and benefits to which you are entitled, but to put those funds in your pocket as soon as possible.
Why Ladders Become a Deadly Tool
The ladder’s seemingly rudimentary design gives the illusion of safety. But, the ladder is actually a complex tool of the trade that should be considered a major fall hazard. In fact, ladder falls send 164,000 people to the emergency room and cause 300 deaths annually. Most of these deaths result from falls from less than 10 feet. Almost all of these injuries and fatalities could be prevented if the manufacturer and your employer comply with inexpensive, fundamental safety rules.
During our investigation of your fall, we look for these common acts of negligence:
- Broken, loose or missing rungs or steps
- Cracked or worn rails
- Decaying, rusty or rotting ladder
- Warped ladder that caused wobble or failure
- Poor ladder design
- A manufacturing flaw that compromised ladder integrity
- Loose screws, nails, bolts or other hardware
- Sharp, splintered and jagged edges or parts
- Grease, oil and other slip hazards
- Inappropriate ladder accessories for your weight, task and location
- Insufficient ladder use and safety training
- Lack of fall prevention system, if working at height
- Negligent supervision, such as instructions to put ladder on uneven or slippery surface
- Inappropriate type of ladder for the job and location
- Worn, old, broken, wobbly ladder
The bottom line is that the manufacturer has a duty to produce a safe ladder free from design and manufacturing flaws. The owner, general contractor, contractor and your employer have a duty to provide either scaffolding when working at heights or a safe ladder and must provide adequate safety devices including taking all steps to provide for the safety of the worker. Our New York City defective ladder lawyers hold them to their duties.
Recover Money for Injuries Resulting from a Ladder Fall
Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. offers you a no-risk, free evaluation of your ladder fall claim. Call our Manhattan, Bronx, Jericho, Deer Park or White Plains office at 1-888-575-6410 to schedule your appointment today. You do not pay us unless we recover money for you.