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Ladder Accidents in New York City Construction Sites

Ladder Accidents in New York City Construction SitesLadder accidents are common on construction sites in New York City, NY. However, ladder accidents may also occur in other industries and professions. These workplace accidents often result in catastrophic injuries that can lead to permanent injury or death. 

The New York personal injury attorneys of the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers have over two decades of experience handling workplace injury claims. We are dedicated to helping injured workers recover the compensation they deserve after a ladder accident.

Contact our law firm today to request your free consultation with one of our New York ladder accident lawyers. Learn about all your options for recovering compensation from a trusted legal advocate, call us at (212) 564 2800.

How Our New York City Construction Accident Lawyers Can Help with Injury Claims 

How Our New York City Construction Accident Lawyers Can Help with Injury ClaimsJob sites in New York City, New York, can be dangerous. Workers often use a variety of tools, heavy equipment, and machinery to complete their job. There can be tripping hazards and toxic materials, too.

Pursuing a claim for a workplace injury can be complicated. Without legal counsel, you could receive a much lower settlement amount for your injury claim than you deserve.

When you hire the Manhattan construction accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers, you can expect us to:

  • Investigate your injury to identify all parties who are responsible for your damages
  • File all claims and notices required to protect your right to pursue legal action against at-fault parties
  • Monitor deadlines for filing lawsuits and claims
  • Document your damages and calculate the value of your claim
  • Pursue the claim in court if the other party refuses to agree to a fair settlement amount

Contact our law office by telephone or online to schedule your free consultation with one of our construction injury lawyers in New York City.

Common Causes of Ladder Accidents in New York 

Falls continue to be a common cause of injury among workers. Roughly two-thirds of construction workers use ladders or scaffolds while performing their job. About one-fifth of workplace falls involved ladders. Nearly 81 percent of fall injuries in the construction industry involved ladders or scaffolds

Many ladder injuries are preventable. Fall protection in the construction industry was the number one most frequently violated OSHA safety standard in 2020.

Other common causes of ladder accidents include:

  • Using the wrong type of ladder for the job
  • Failure to secure ladders on a firm, level surface
  • Using an extension ladder incorrectly
  • Failing to examine ladders before using them
  • Lack of supervision or assistance
  • Using the incorrect size ladder for the job
  • Exceeding the weight limit for the ladder
  • Lack of adequate training in how to set up and use a ladder
  • Failing to use PFAS (personal fall arrest systems) or tie off to an anchor

A defective ladder could also contribute to the cause of a fall. The ladder may contain a design defect or manufacturing defect that caused the ladder to malfunction.

Injuries Caused by Ladder Accidents in New York 

Falling off a ladder may cause minor injuries, such as bruises, sprains, and strains. These soft tissue injuries generally heal with time and rest.

However, ladder accidents can also result in catastrophic injuries such as:

Electrocution and electrical burns are also possible if the ladder comes into contact with a live current. Falls from ladders at high elevations can even result in wrongful death.

Who Can I Sue for Injuries Caused by a Ladder Accident?

In most cases, a worker injured in a ladder accident can file a workers’ compensation claim. New York workers’ compensation insurance will cover injured workers’ medical care. You may also receive income benefits if you cannot work after a ladder injury.

However, you could also have a product liability claim against a manufacturer if a ladder defect caused your injuries. A general contractor, employer, or another party could also be liable for damages in some cases.

The types of damages you may receive in a third party accident case include:

Identifying the party or parties liable for your damages may require an extensive investigation. Our legal team analyzes each factor that contributed to the cause of your ladder accident. Pursuing all parties liable for your claim increases the amount of money available to pay your injury claim. 

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our New York Construction Accident Lawyers

If you were injured in a ladder accident or other workplace accident, call our office to discuss your case with a New York accident lawyer. Your initial consultation with an attorney is free of charge.

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