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Ladder Accidents in New York

Ladder Accidents in New York

Believe it or not, ladder accidents are more common than we can even imagine. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, every year in the U.S, there are usually more than 164,000 emergency room injuries and about 300 deaths caused by falls from ladders alone.

Ladder accidents are in fact one of the most common types of work accidents. This is especially so for construction industries. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that more than 80 percent of construction worker falls that result in emergency room visits are from falls from ladders.

As ‘short’ as we may think ladders are, falls from such height can actually lead to serious injuries, and even death. Common injuries in a ladder accident include:

  • Spinal cord  or Traumatic brain injuries,
  • Broken bones,
  • Sprains,
  • Contusions,
  • Lacerations, etc.

There is also the possibility of multiple injuries. These injuries suffered can result in exorbitant medical expenses, income loss, and loss of full enjoyment of life, among others.

If you suffer a loss or get injured in a ladder accident in New York, you may be entitled to some financial compensations. 

If you or your loved one gets involved in a ladder accident, don’t suffer it in silence. Get in touch with an experienced New York construction law attorney to understand your options.

At Oshan and Associates, our construction law attornrys can be the strength you need after a crane accident. Our dedicated lawyers will protect your rights and make sure all the compensation you deserve gets to you.

Call us today on (206) 335-3880 or (646) 421-4062 to get in touch.

What are the laws regulating the use of ladders?

As with other safety precautions in the workplace, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has guidelines on the use of ladders, especially in construction sites.

If a ladder is damaged or defective, it must be given a "Dangerous. Do Not Use" label. Other safety precautions by the OSHA on ladders include that:

  • Ladders must be inspected regularly and kept in good condition,
  • Ladders should be put on secure footing or held tightly in position when in use,
  • If a ladder is used to access or reach a roof, the ladder must extend at least three feet above the point of support,
  • Short ladders should not be fastened together to form a longer ladder,
  • Ladders should not be used in the horizontal position as work platforms,
  • Metal ladders should never be used near electrical equipment.

Many of these rules and precautions are quite often ignored by employers or supervisors. If an accident happens because one of these rules were ignored or for any other reason, the injured party can file a suit against any party that can be found liable.

It is possible to file a suit against a third party in a ladder accident

In New York as with most other states, it's possible to file a claim against a third party, even if you're a worker that is ordinarily entitled to worker's compensation benefits.

The owner of the building, contractors, subcontractors, utility companies, manufacturers and other entities who caused or contributed to your injury or loss may be mandated to compensate you financially.

In this instance, You have to prove that that third party was negligent.

Recovering compensation in a ladder accident

As an injured person in a ladder accident, you may be entitled to some form of compensation. This is regardless of whether you're an employee or construction worker, or a visitor to the work site or member of the public.

An experienced New York construction law attorney at Oshan and Associates may get you the compensation that'll cover:

  • Private healthcare treatment,
  • Physiotherapy,
  • Psychological therapy,
  • Expenses incurred as a result of the injury,
  • Loss of income, among others.

The severity of your injury will no doubt determine the amount of compensation you're entitled to. A skilled lawyer will however be able to maximise your compensation for you. 

Our experienced attorneys are here for you.

If you or your loved one gets involved in a ladder accident, it is important that you get in touch with an experienced lawyer as soon as you can.

Our skilled construction law attorneys at Oshan and Associates have successfully handled and represented victims involved in ladder accidents in New York and beyond.

Our attorneys in our offices in New York, Washington, Pennsylvania, Illinois, California, & Puerto Rico are up and ready to protect your rights and help you recover deserved compensation.

Get in touch with us online for a free 'no obligation' consultation here or call us at (206) 335-3880 or (646) 421-4062.

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Ladas Law Firm
Ladas Law Firm

February 06, 2024

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