Ladders may be necessary equipment for many construction workers, especially when performing jobs such as painting, roofing, and electrical work. Ladders, however, can present a very real danger on a jobsite. Even a minor fall from a ladder can result in long-term consequences. Using ladders safely is the responsibility of everyone at a site - when someone acts negligently, serious injuries can occur.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to an accident involving a ladder, don’t suffer in silence. Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, has many years of experience fighting for the rights of construction workers injured on the job, including falls from ladders. Call (212) 986-7353. Tell us about what happened so we can discuss your options and make sure your rights are protected.
Some common types of ladder accidents include:
- Falls: Falling off a ladder can have long-term consequences for the victim. The height of the ladder and how high up the person was will usually impact how serious the injuries are, though head injuries from a fall of any height can be traumatic, even fatal.
- Falling objects: Construction workers routinely place other objects onto ladders, including hand-held tools, buckets, and work materials. If these objects are dropped or knocked off a ladder, people below and around the ladder can be struck and injured.
- Ladders tipping over: Sometimes the ladder itself becomes unstable and falls over. Anyone on or near the ladder can be injured when this happens.
- Direct contact: Due to the large size and awkward weight of ladders, they can be dangerous even when being transported. Workers who do not follow proper precautions and safety rules when carrying a ladder can harm others if not careful. The injuries from such carelessness can be very serious.
The types of injuries that occur in ladder accidents usually depend on the nature of the accident and the ground below. Someone falling from a ladder will be harmed differently than another person struck by a falling hammer or paint bucket. With that in mind, injuries from ladder accidents often include:
- Lacerations and bruises
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damage
- Internal injuries
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Facial injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
In a civil lawsuit, negligence and liability are vital to winning a case. Negligence means that someone acted in a way that goes against what a reasonable person would have done in the same situation. Liability means that the act of negligence directly contributed to someone else’s injuries.
In ladder fall accidents, employers can blame the victim for being "clumsy" or not paying attention while on a ladder. The reality, however, is that many factors can cause these kinds of accidents, including improper maintenance, failing to replace defective ladders, improper safety training, or negligence by supervisors or others workers on a jobsite. Discovering what truly caused an accident and proving liability is no small task, which is why you deserve to have an experienced NY construction injury lawyer by your side.
A serious accident is traumatic and can leave you in chronic pain, feeling depressed and isolated from friends and family. You are not alone - there are people who care and who will fight to help you recover from your injuries. Call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353 and tell us what happened in a free consultation. If we take your case, you owe us nothing unless we get you fair compensation for your injuries and other losses.
- Ladder Hazards and Construction Safety
- Common Hazards that Cause Construction Accidents
- Ladder Safety One Rung at a Time - National Safety Council
- Reducing Falls in Construction: Safe Use of Extension Ladders
NY Ladder Accident Verdicts & Settlements
$4.1 Million Recovery - Construction Site Ladder Fall
$3.5 Million - Laborer Fell From Ladder
$3 Million - Non-Union Laborer Injured After Fall From Ladder
$2.95 Million - Construction Worker Ladder Collapse
$2.75 Million - Worker Falls off Ladder
$1.6 Million Recovery - Ladder Fall During Building Renovation