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.