Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Ladder falls make up a large percentage of these fatalities each year. If you were injured or a loved one died in a ladder accident at a construction site in New York City, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
The lawyers at Torgan Cooper + Aaron can advocate for your legal rights with strategic legal methods for the best possible case outcome. Although no amount of money can take back what happened to you, we hope a fair financial recovery can allow you and your family to move forward.
Common Injuries From Ladder Falls
Even from a low height, falling from a ladder can cause serious injuries that take a worker out of work, such as bone fractures and muscle sprains. At Torgan Cooper + Aaron, we have experience representing clients with many different types of injuries from construction site accidents. We can help you if you suffered any type of injury from a ladder fall, including:
- Broken bones
- Skull fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Disk herniation
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Bruising or swelling
- Internal bleeding
- Lacerations or abrasions
A construction worker can suffer catastrophic or deadly injuries upon impact in a serious ladder fall incident. Many ladder accidents result in trips to the ER and expensive medical treatments, such as surgeries, physical therapy and rehabilitation. Severe injuries are especially common for older workers.
Was Your Ladder Accident Preventable?
There are many different ways to prevent a ladder fall. One of the most important things that a construction company can do is to properly train its workers in ladder safety. It is often possible to prevent a ladder fall with safety tips such as always maintaining three points of contact with the ladder and never standing on the top rung. If a construction company fails to teach proper ladder safety, this can increase the risk of falls.
A construction company can also contribute to fall accidents by failing to inspect and maintain its equipment. If a company fails to replace a defective ladder, such as a bent ladder or a ladder that is missing a step, it could be responsible for a related worker injury or death. Workers in New York have the right to report safety hazards without fear of retaliation. They also have the right to file workers’ compensation claims or injury lawsuits after ladder falls.
Financial Compensation Available for Ladder Falls in NYC
New York’s workers’ compensation system may offer you financial benefits without you having to prove that one or more parties caused your accident. To be eligible for workers’ comp benefits, all you must establish is that you were performing at job-related tasks at the time of your ladder fall. Workers’ comp can repay you for losses such as missed wages, hospital and medical bills, and disability costs.
If you believe that your employer or another party did contribute to your ladder fall, on the other hand, it may be better for you to file a liability lawsuit. Although a lawsuit requires you to prove fault to recover compensation, the monetary recovery available may be more substantial. Our attorneys can carefully review your construction site accident to help you determine which legal route is best for you.
Contact Torgan Cooper + Aaron Today for a Free Case Review
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a ladder, contact the construction accident attorneys at Torgan Cooper + Aaron right away for a free legal consultation. We are passionate about helping injured construction workers through New York City recover fair and full financial compensation for their present and future losses. Find out how we can help you today. Call (212) 232-2500 or request your case review online and we will call you back as soon as possible.