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New York City Ladder Accident Lawyer

According to the National Safety Council, falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries for every age group other than 15- to 24-year old people. Many of these accidents result from falls from ladders. If you or a loved one was injured in a ladder accident, contact Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP today to explore your legal options for compensation.

What Kinds of Ladders Can Cause Accidents?

Ladder accidents can involve several types of ladders:

A frame ladder – This ladder, also known as a step ladder, gets its name from the fact that, from the side, it looks like the letter A. Two legs come together at the top, forming a triangle. A support goes between the legs and locks to stabilize them. There may be rung on one or both sides. These come in a variety of heights.

Platform ladder – This is a variety of stepladder in which the top step is a platform. Note: “top step” in this case means the last step that is well before the top of the ladder. These can be used if a job requires working from a ladder for an extended period of time.

Extension ladder – These ladders have two parts. One, the “base,” remains stationary and the other slides out to increase the ladder’s height. These are used if a worker needs to work at a level higher than one story. Sometimes, a scaffold is placed between two extension ladders. The higher elevation significantly increases the risk of injury from a fall.

Responsibility for Ladder Safety

While workers have a responsibility to use any equipment safely, contractors and construction site owners have a responsibility to ensure that workers are safe. This can include paying attention to issues such as:

  • Having the proper ladder for the job. As noted earlier, if the worker needs to work at some height, an extension ladder is the proper tool. If a job such as this is done on a step ladder because that is all that is available, this increases risk unnecessarily.
  • Attention to weight rating. Every ladder has a weight limit. You should not be asked to work on a ladder that is not rated for your weight. This must also be taken into account if more than one worker is working on scaffolding between two ladders.
  • Proper maintenance. Broken, loose or missing rungs are unacceptable, as are damaged or missing safety footers.
  • Inadequate stabilization. In some cases, a ladder can only be used safely if it is held in place by a person or lashed securely. Ignoring this basic rule puts workers at risk.

Ultimately, these factors boil down to negligence on the part of another party. If these contributed to your accident and injuries, you may be eligible for compensation.

Contact Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP Today

A ladder accident can result in long-term, possibly even permanent, consequences to your life. That includes ongoing medical costs, loss of income, and loss of your ability to work the jobs you desire. Seeking compensation can help you recover without the stress of worrying about your financial situation.

If you have suffered a ladder accident due to negligence, call the trial lawyer team at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP for immediate assistance. We offer a free initial consultation and operate on a contingency fee basis – you don’t pay any fees unless we win.