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Legal help for New York workers after a fall

For many workers in the construction industry, climbing on ladders is a routine part of the job. While ladders are necessary for many building and construction projects, they are inherently dangerous and are one of the most common reasons for injuries on construction sites.

In New York City, where space is at a premium, it is not uncommon to see workers routinely required to use ladders of every type and size. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued substantial regulations concerning the proper, safe use of ladders on construction sites.

When these regulations are disregarded by a developer, owner, employer, or contractor, workers often pay the price in serious injury. This is when an award-winning construction injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, can help.

Although anyone injured on the job can seek workers’ compensation, the benefits are never enough to cover the expenses and losses a worker sustained. However, powerful laws enacted by the New York State government now allow workers injured from ladder falls to sue the owners, developers and general contractors whose negligence caused the injury by selecting profits over safety.  If you have suffered an injury because of a ladder accident at a construction site, the top-rated attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve.

What are common causes of ladder accidents?

Ladder accidents can be caused by a variety of circumstances and factors. A large percentage of ladder injuries could have been prevented if proper work conditions, equipment, or safety instructions were provided. Some most common reasons for ladder accidents include:

  • Defects in the ladder
  • Inappropriate ladder used for the particular situation
  • Failing to properly secure the ladder
  • Poor maintenance of the ladder
  • Using a metal ladder near electrical equipment
  • Lack of qualified supervision in the use of the ladder
  • Lack of training
  • Lack of adequate safety equipment, such as harnesses

What are common ladder accident injuries?

The primary accidents that occur because of a ladder are falls, but ladder accidents also happen when a metal ladder comes in contact with a live electrical wire, or when an object falls from or onto someone on a ladder.

Every ladder accident is unique in nature, but common construction site injuries that occur from unsafe use of a ladder include:

  • Head, neck, back, or spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Sprains
  • Crushing
  • Electrocution

Select results from recent construction accident cases:

  • $6,500,000 settlement awarded to a union construction worker who fell from an unsecured ladder which resulted in a leg fracture and spinal injuries.
  • $5,500,000 verdict awarded construction worker who was injured when a wood bracing collapsed while exiting a ditch resulting in spinal injuries.
  • $3,000,000 obtained for a laborer who was injured when he fell from an 18 foot ladder that was not secured properly.
  • $1,500,000 recovered in a case involving a construction worker who was injured when he fell from unsecured scaffold.

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Michael is such a good man. He's a fantastic lawyer. 

He made sure I was taken care of. He didn't let anything stop him from getting me the best settlement. He's truly amazing. If it weren't for Michael I don't know where I'd be right now. 

I was afraid to even sue after my accident. I spoke to Michael one time, and I knew I was making the right decision. If you want someone to win your case and take care of you, you need to call Michael.

Juan

After a ladder accident, what should I do?

Seek medical attention as soon as you can following your ladder accident. A medical professional will best be able to determine the extent of your injuries. Some injuries may not seem severe or threatening shortly after your accident; however, a doctor may discover injuries that could become more severe in the future. This future pain can be avoided by simply visiting a doctor following your accident.

File an accident report as soon as possible. It is vital that the circumstances surrounding your accident are documented. The benefit of filing an accident report with your employer is that it can be referenced throughout the course of litigation as memories fade. This record will also assist in determining which parties are liable for your injuries.

Consult an attorney who understands New York construction laws. An attorney familiar with the law involving ladder accidents will be able to advise you as to your rights and the next steps to take. At the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, experienced and aggressive attorneys will help you navigate the complex insurance process and pursue compensation for all of the injuries that you have suffered. We won’t be satisfied until you are fully compensated for your losses.

Contact us for help with your ladder accident claim

If you were injured on the job because of a ladder accident, our attorneys can help. We will listen thoughtfully to your story, and let you know how you can protect yourself and your family going forward. Let our experience work for you!

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