Ladder Accident Attorney
Common Causes of Ladder Accidents
Ladder accidents can occur from the following hazardous conditions:
- Using the wrong ladder type or incorrect ladder Duty Rating for a specific job
- Ladder exposure to corrosive substances, such as extreme heat, strong acids, or strong bases
- Lack of ladder maintenance and inspection
- Using a ladder on an uneven surface, snow, ice, or other slippery surfaces
- Using a ladder in a crowded, chaotic, or hazardous workspace
- Accidentally, unknowingly, or even negligently using an unsafe ladder
- Not using the proper personal safety gear or equipment
It is critical to contact a ladder accident attorney in the event of an injury while using a ladder.
Over 500,000 ladder accidents and 300 deaths due to ladder-related injuries occur in the U.S. every year. Ladders are primarily used in the construction industry but show up across a variety of professional fields. Electricians, mechanics, technicians, landscapers, and regular civilians use ladders every day for a wide range of projects.
There are many types of ladders: single-pole ladders, extension ladders, step ladders, dual-purpose ladders, and platform or podium ladders. Ladders are rated to indicate the maximum weight capacity (called the ladder Duty Rating) that they can carry. The correct type and rating of ladder should be used for each job; otherwise, the risk of accidents goes up.
There are hundreds of detailed rules dictating when, how, and where ladders should be used. U.S. laws, including OSHA regulations, require certain specifications for ladder manufacturers.
Most ladder accident injuries occur due to slipping or falling off the ladder, being struck by the ladder, or being struck by another object. Injuries can also occur from the ladder itself falling down.
Understanding Who is Legally Liable After a Ladder Accident
The severity of a ladder accident injury is determined by several factors, including the total weight of the worker plus their load and the type of personal protective gear and safety equipment they are using. The size and length of the ladder and the type of work environment also play a role.
Ladder accident injuries can include the following:
- Bone fractures
- Stretched or torn ligaments (sprains)
- Skin injuries: bruises, wounds, and cuts
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury (SCI)
- Electrical shock
Workers can suffer electrical shocks if they’re touching a metallic (aluminum) ladder that makes contact with a live wire. This can form an electrical circuit that travels through the body of the worker, causing grave injuries.
The following parties may be held legally liable for a ladder accident:
Filing a Lawsuit
Those suffering from a ladder accident may have to take time off from work to recuperate. Big financial losses plus physical and emotional distress can take their toll.
That is why it is so important to hire a ladder accident attorney as soon as possible following an incident. The Law Offices of Eric Richman can help investigate the cause of your accident to determine the liable party and file a lawsuit against them.