Fall from Ladder Attorney in Boston
A fall from a ladder is not only frightening, but it can cause serious injury, disability and even death.
If you or a family member has been injured in a ladder fall, the workers' compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman in Boston can pursue a claim against all responsible parties.
Our ladder injury lawyers are available to evaluate your claim and provide advice as to the next steps to take to get you the compensation you deserve. There is never any charge unless we recover money for you. All of our consultations are free and confidential.
Our law firm knows what it takes to win ladder fall cases and has the resources to fully investigate and litigate your case. We can help with cases involving all types of ladders such as step ladders, extension ladders, platform ladders, and folding ladders. Regardless of where you your ladder fall occurred, for instance, a home, construction site or job site, our skilled and experienced attorneys can help you recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and more.Steps to Take If You've Been Injured in a Ladder Fall
After a ladder fall, you should collect as much evidence as possible at the scene. Use your cellphone to photograph your injuries and the ladder that you fell from. It is important to document as much of the scene at the time of the fall as you may not be able to come back at a later date to photograph the location. Further, it's likely that the ladder will be moved and possibly removed from the accident scene.
Document the brand of the ladder and any other product identifiers, as well as any warning or instruction stickers. This type of information is critical in the event that there is a potential product liability case against the ladder manufacturer.
If anyone witnessed the accident, request their contact information. Eyewitnesses can provide critical information in winning ladder fall cases.
If you fell while working at your job, immediately report the accident to your supervisor.
Get medical attention as soon as possible, even if your injuries don't seem to be serious. You might not know the full severity of your injuries until weeks or even months after the accident. Proper medical documentation is important in substantiating your claim.
Contact the ladder accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman as soon as you can. These cases have strict time limits. An attorney will make sure you meet all applicable deadlines and don't lose out on your opportunity to recover for your injuries.Who's Responsible for My Ladder Accident and Injuries?
You've fallen from a ladder. Who's to blame for your accident and, more importantly, your injuries?
If the ladder was defective and caused or contributed to your fall, the ladder manufacturer could be responsible for your injuries. A ladder could be defective if it buckled or collapsed during use or was poorly designed or manufactured. Manufacturers have a duty to warn consumers of the dangers associated with their products and they may be held liable if they failed to properly warn users of the hazards. In addition to the manufacturer of the ladder, the companies that supplied or sold the ladder could also be held liable.
Injured ladder users have successfully filed product liability claims against manufacturers over ladders that had improperly installed rivets, were not strong enough to hold a person's weight or had defective locking systems.
If your fall was caused by another person's negligence, that person could be held liable for your injuries. To prove negligence, you must be able to establish that the person owed you a duty of care, they breached that duty and that the breach of the duty was the cause of your injury.
If a fall occurs while you're working, then you may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. Workers' compensation provides coverage for all types of on-the-job injuries and work accidents. In Massachusetts, workers' compensation is a "no-fault" system, which means workers are entitled to benefits even if they caused their own injuries. Our attorneys can help navigate and maximize your workers' compensation claim.
A worker might may be able to recover additional compensation if the work accident and injury was caused by the employer's "willful misconduct" and general disregard for the worker's safety. Under Massachusetts law, injured workers can receive double their workers' compensation benefits if they are hurt by an employer's willful or serious misconduct. Keep in mind that double-recovery cases are the exception and not the rule.
After evaluating your case, the ladder injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman will identify all potentially liable parties and help you develop a case against those who are responsible for your injuries. Our law firm will utilize experts to determine how the accident happened and who's at fault. An expert can help identify design or manufacturing defects in a ladder and explain how it deviates from industry standards.Common Types of Ladder Accident Injuries
A fall from a ladder can result in serious injuries with permanent injuries.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates that 500,000 Americans are treated for ladder-related falls and more than 300 die from ladder falls every year. These ladder falls result in an annual cost of $24 billion in work loss, medical costs and other expenses, the agency said.
Here are some common injuries caused by ladder falls:
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spine injuries
- Electrical burns
- Wrongful death
Older adults are especially vulnerable when it comes to falls. A senior who falls from a ladder is likely to face a longer recovery time than a younger person. When it comes to ladder falls, age tends to matter more than the height of the ladder.Common Causes of Ladder Accidents
Ladder fall accidents are a hazard in the workplace and at home. To avoid ladder accidents, it is recommended that ladder users select the right size and type of ladder, set up the ladder correctly, inspect the ladder for damage and wear, and use the ladder correctly.
There are five major causes for ladder fall incidents, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health:
- Incorrect extension ladder setup angle:In about 40% of cases, the primary cause of ladder-related injuries is a ladder sliding out at the base as a result of an incorrect setup angle. Ladder users often set extension ladders at shallower angles than the optimal desired angle.
- Incorrect ladder selection:Selecting a ladder with the correct "duty rating" is important to avoid structural failure. The duty rating is the ladder's maximum "safe load" capacity. Ladder users should include their fully clothed weight plus the weight of any tools and materials being carried onto the ladder when calculating their total weight.
- Faulty ladder inspection:Regular inspection and maintenance can prevent ladders from structural failure.
- Improper ladder use:Activities like overreaching, carrying objects, applying excessive force and missteps are frequent causes of ladder-related fall injuries.
- Lack of access to ladder safety tools and information:Small companies and individual ladder users such as homeowners usually don't receive the required training for safe use of portable ladders.
NIOSH offers a free Ladder Safety App to help prevent extension and step ladder fall injuries and deaths. An angle measuring tool included in the app uses visual, sound and vibration cues to set an extension ladder at the correct angle. The app also includes ladder safety tools that help users plan a job, select the proper size and type of ladder, inspect the ladder for mechanical problems and properly set up and use the ladder.
To learn more about how our personal injury attorneys can help you with your ladder fall claim, contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC today at (617) 367-2900 or by using our online form.