Ladder Fall Accidents
In a recent report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that ladder fall accidents remain a leading cause of unintentional injury across the nation. In fact, around 43% of all fatal falls in the last 10 years involved a ladder. The risk is especially high for workers, as an estimated 20% of employment-related injuries involve ladders.
Treating injuries sustained in ladder fall accidents can be expensive, as injuries tend to be particularly severe, making it especially important for those who are injured in ladder fall accidents through no fault of their own to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help them seek compensation for their medical expenses.
Even those who use ladders properly can become injured in a fall if the ladder tips, slides, slips, or breaks, especially when:
- A ladder is leaned against an unstable supporting surface;
- Someone sets a ladder on a slippery surface;
- The user fails to ensure that the ladder has slip-resistant feet;
- A person uses the wrong size ladder;
- A person props a ladder on top of another object to reach a greater height;
- The owner of the ladder does not regularly inspect it for defects;
- Employers supply their workers with old or defective ladders;
- Employers fail to provide fall protection, such as restraints, barricades, and spotters; and
- Employers fail to provide their employees with proper training on ladder safety.
It is also not uncommon for ladder falls to occur as a result of equipment, vehicles, or other people coming into contact with a ladder and throwing it off balance.
Third Party Liability
In many cases, ladder falls can be attributed to the injured party’s own negligence. In these cases, plaintiffs are unlikely to collect compensation unless another person or entity’s negligence also played a role in causing the fall. For instance, property owners, contractors, ladder manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers can be held liable for damages if their negligence or recklessness somehow caused or contributed to an accident. If, for example, a ladder manufacturer installed a defective locking system on a product, it could be required to compensate the injured party for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Holding the responsible party accountable is especially important in ladder fall cases, as injuries tend to be particularly severe. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 10% of the thousands of people who fall off of ladders every year require hospitalization. Of the injuries sustained by victims of ladder falls, fractures are the most common, especially in the legs and feet. Treating these types of injuries can be expensive, requiring injured parties to pay the bills for costly diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, treatment, and rehabilitation. Fortunately, when injured parties can demonstrate that their accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, they could be eligible to collect compensation to cover these and other related costs.
Contact a Houston Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one were injured after falling off of a ladder and you have reason to believe that the accident was the result of a third party’s negligence, please call 737-201-0543 to speak with one of the experienced personal injury lawyers at Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C.