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.

  • Over 700,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.

  • Each year at least 250,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.

  • More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling,6 usually by falling sideways.

  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

  • Falls can cause broken bones, like wrist, arm, ankle, and hip fractures.

  • 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 conditions that 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 to:

  • Ladders that have not been properly secured which can cause a worker to slip and lose their balance

  • Ladder component breakage

  • An improperly positioned ladder or a ladder that has not been fully opened may collapse and cause serious injury.

  • Falling objects

  • Weather conditions

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 moving. Construction 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 compensation benefits.

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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