New York Ladder Injuries Attorney
Falls from ladders are one of the most common accidents at construction sites. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 81% of all construction worker fall injuries involve ladders. Countless ladder accidents at construction sites could have been avoided if those responsible for the workers’ safety followed proper regulations and labor laws.
As the need to build upward grows, ladders are becoming more commonplace. The operation of ladders brings with it the potential for injury. Whether your injury is minor or severe, it is important that you consult with a personal injury attorney soon after your accident in order to be effectively compensated for your losses.
Laws Protect Construction Workers Who are Injured in Ladder Accidents
In New York, the State legislature has passed labor laws that protect construction workers who are injured when these OSHA regulations regarding ladders are violated. The OSHA laws that regulate ladder usage at construction sites are comprehensive and strictly enforced. For example, OSHA mandates that certain types of ladders be used for specific construction tasks. There are a variety of ladders that workers may choose from that are meant for certain tasks. Accordingly, if a construction worker is injured after having been given an A-frame ladder to use where an extension ladder is required by OSHA, the parties responsible for this negligence may be held accountable if an injury occurs.
OSHA regulations and New York labor laws do not only mandate the appropriate types of ladders to be given to construction workers. These laws and regulations also require that the ladders that are provided to workers be maintained, placed, and operated. If a worker is injured because he uses an old, unsafe, or unstable ladder, that worker is also protected under the law.
Further, given the various types of ladders that can be used at construction sites, OSHA requires there be proper training in the use, placement, and set-up in place. The placement of the ladder must be scrutinized for the safety of construction workers. The ground must also be stable, level, and safe given the type, size, and contours of the ladder. Any finding that there is insufficient worker training and/or that the ladder is not placed properly can result in a determination against the negligent parties.
What are Common Causes of Ladder Accidents?
Ladder accidents can be caused from 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. Although these measures should be followed for the protection of workers, they are also OSHA requirements. Some examples of common causes of ladder accidents include:
- Inappropriate ladder used for the particular situation
- Uneven surface placement
- Poor maintenance of the ladder
- Using a metal ladder near electrical equipment
- Carrying too much while climbing the ladder
- Improper supervision
- Lack of training
What are Common Ladder Accident Injuries?
A fall from a ladder can lead to injuries from not only striking the ground, but also from coming into contact with what is being constructed. Every ladder accident is unique in nature and can result in a variety of injuries, but common ladder accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Fractured bones
- Head, neck, back, or spinal cord injuries
Who is Liable for your Injuries?
There are a variety of individuals and/or organizations that could be held responsible for the injuries resulting from your ladder accident. It is important that those who had some hand in the circumstances that led to your injury be accountable for any medical expenses, lost wages, or pain and suffering you suffer as a result of their negligence. An injured worker will be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, but the worker can also bring a personal injury suit against third parties other than the employer. Examples of possible liable parties can include:
- General contractor
- Ladder manufacturer
- Property owner
What To Do Following Your Accident
- Seek medical attention as soon as you can following your ladder accident. A medical professional will best be able 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 is familiar with your particular issue. 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. An attorney will also be able to assist in taking photographs and videos, taking witness statements, and conducting an inspection of the accident site before any tampering occurs.
Contact the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC
The construction accident attorneys of the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC are well-versed in ladder accident cases. The attorneys are experts in the relevant laws and regulations and will aggressively fight for your rights. It takes the coordination of a proper investigation of the accident, along with the familiarity of the relevant laws, to successfully litigate and win a ladder fall injury lawsuit. The construction accident attorneys at our firm have the knowledge, experience, and aggressive ligation skills to successfully litigate these cases. If you or a loved one have been injured in a ladder accident at a construction site, call the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC at 212-962-1020 or (toll free at 877-MSL-4LAW or 877-675-4529).