Every year, more than 164,000 Americans are treated in emergency rooms for ladder-related injuries. Most ladder injuries occur among workmen in the construction industry, with falls from heights accounting for 15% of all occupational deaths (nearly 700 every year). Falls may result in fractures, head injuries with or without brain trauma, and back and neck injuries, to name a few.
Ladder accidents may be caused by:
An broken ladder (broken steps or side rails)
A ladder that is improperly installed or secured
The improper securing of equipment on or in the vicinity of the ladder
A person or vehicle colliding with the ladder
New York Labor Law Section 240 holds general contractors and property owners responsible for all ladder accidents that occur on a construction site which are proximately caused by their failure to provide a proper safety device. They are obligated to compensate construction workers injured on scaffolds and ladders for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, etc.
Our office handles a large number of personal injury claims, including construction cases under New York’s unique Labor Laws that apply to scaffold and ladder accidents. We are familiar with all of the rules and regulations that govern these cases and in our experience, most accidents involve a violation of one or more of these regulations.
If you or someone close to you was injured or killed in a ladder accident, contact our office to obtain the compensation you deserve.
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