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Injuries from Falling off an Unsecured Ladder

Falls from portable or unsecured ladders are one of the leading causes of death among construction workers in the U.S. In fact, over 100,000 people are admitted yearly to the emergency room from ladder injuries. These injuries commonly result in bone fractures, but a fall from an unsecured ladder can also result in brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or death.

Employers and property owners are responsible for the safety of the worksite, which includes providing and maintaining safe equipment. Laborers and employees are entitled to safe working conditions under OSHA regulations. Also, New York City also maintains labor laws that hold contractors and property owners liable for any harm a laborer or employee could suffer from an elevated fall.

Employees who are injured after falling from an unsecured ladder have the right to sue the employer or property owner for compensation for their injuries. If the injuries were fatal, the victim’s family members have the right to sue the parties responsible for their death.

Victims or their family members could recover compensation for the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering

What To Do If You Fell From an Unsecured Ladder

If you have been injured while using a ladder, the first thing to do is to seek medical attention. After you have sought medical attention, it is important to gather the remaining pieces of the ladder in the condition it was in when you fell. Contact a skilled NYC personal injury attorney to help you examine the ladder for manufacturer defects. If the ladder is found to be defective, you can file a claim against the manufacturer and hold them liable for your injuries.

For more information, check out our personal injury and wrongful death pages. If you would like to discuss your case with an attorney, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Categories: Construction Accident