Falls From Ladders
According to the
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Falls remain a
leading cause of unintentional injury mortality
nationwide, and 43% of fatal falls in the last decade
have involved a ladder. Among construction workers,
an estimated 81% of fall injuries treated in U.S.
emergency departments involve a ladder.
Ladder Falls can be particularly costly as statistics
show the following:
Each year, 2.5
million older people are treated in emergency
departments for fall injuries.
One out of five
falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones
or a head injury.
patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall
injury, most often because of a head injury or hip
Each year at
least 250,000 older people are hospitalized for hip
More than 95% of
hip fractures are caused by falling,6 usually by
Falls are the
most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
Falls can cause
broken bones, like wrist, arm, ankle, and hip
Falls can cause
head injuries. They can be very serious, especially
if the person is taking certain medicines (like
blood thinners). An older person who falls and hits
their head should see their doctor right away to
make sure they don’t have a brain injury.
Many people who
fall, even if they’re not injured, become afraid of
falling. This fear may cause a person to cut down on
their everyday activities. When a person is less
active, they become weaker and this increases their
chances of falling.
Failure to adhere to
the strict guidelines of OSHA can lead to accidents from
are unsafe. Therefore, failing to abide by the
regulations may result in statutory liability imposed on
owners, managing agents and general contractors, even if the
worker's own negligence has contributed incident.
Unsafe or unstable platforms may lead to serious
personal injuries. Common causes include, but are not limited
Ladders that have
not been properly secured
which can cause a worker to slip and lose their balance
positioned ladder or a ladder that has not been
fully opened may collapse and cause serious injury.
There are a multitude
of reasons that a worker may fall from a ladder. A study
conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found
that 40% of ladder falls were the result of the ladder
workers, homeowners and office employees are all
vulnerable to the dangers of falling from ladders.
Early intervention by
an experienced personal injury attorney, particularly
with respect to obtaining accident reports, witness
statements and camera surveillance tapes will enhance
your ability to receiving monetary damages for your pain
and suffering, in addition to obtaining worker's
You may have the
right to receive compensation for injuries which are
sustained as the result of an unexpected fall.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an ladder
accident in New York we can help.
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