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Ladder Accidents

New York City Ladder Accident Lawyers

Helping Victims of Ladder Falls in NYC

Ladders are useful tools for a variety of jobs around the home, office, or construction site. Unfortunately, they also pose a significant risk of injury or death when used improperly.

At Keith Silverstein & Associates, our New York City ladder accident attorneys understand the dangers associated with ladders and are prepared to take on the manufacturers and distributors of defective products. If you or a loved one has been injured in a ladder accident, we encourage you to request a free case evaluation with our team and learn how we can help you recover your entitled compensation.


Contact us online or call (646) 813-3922 to schedule a free consultation.


Common Causes of Ladder Accidents

A ladder accident refers to any incident or mishap that occurs while using a ladder. Ladders are commonly used for various tasks, both in domestic and industrial settings, but they can be hazardous if not used properly. Ladder accidents can result in injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises to more severe injuries, including broken bones and even fatalities.

Common causes of ladder accidents include:

  • Incorrect setup: Failing to properly set up the ladder can lead to instability and tipping over. This can happen when the ladder is placed on uneven ground or not secured against a stable surface.
  • Overreaching: Stretching too far to reach something while on the ladder can cause it to become unbalanced, leading to a fall.
  • Using the wrong type of ladder: Using the wrong ladder for a specific task can be dangerous. For instance, using a step ladder when an extension ladder is needed or vice versa.
  • Defective or damaged ladder: Ladders that are old, worn out, or damaged can pose a significant risk. Missing rungs, loose steps, or broken parts can lead to accidents.
  • Carrying heavy or bulky objects: Carrying heavy tools or objects while climbing a ladder can make it harder to maintain balance and increase the likelihood of falling.
  • Placing the ladder near electrical hazards: If a ladder is placed near power lines or exposed electrical sources, it can result in electrocution.
  • Climbing on the top rung: Some individuals tend to climb on the top rung of the ladder, which is not designed to support their weight and can lead to instability.
  • Lack of proper training: Insufficient knowledge and training in ladder safety can lead to accidents due to improper techniques or decisions.
  • Using a ladder in adverse weather conditions: Climbing a ladder in windy or rainy conditions can be risky, as it may affect the stability of the ladder and increase the likelihood of slipping.
  • Rushing or not paying attention: Being in a hurry or not paying attention while using a ladder can lead to missteps and accidents.

Who is Liable in a Ladder Accident?

In a ladder accident, liability for the injuries and damages that occur can be attributed to various parties depending on the circumstances of the accident.

Here are some potential parties who might be held liable:

  • Individual Using the Ladder: If the accident was caused by the negligence or recklessness of the person using the ladder, they might be held liable for their own injuries. This could include improper use of the ladder, not following safety guidelines, or ignoring warning labels.
  • Property Owner or Occupier: If the ladder accident occurred on someone else's property, the property owner or occupier might be held liable if they were aware of hazardous conditions, failed to address them, or didn't provide proper warnings to the person using the ladder.
  • Employer: If the ladder accident happened in the workplace, the employer could potentially be held liable for the injuries sustained by the employee, especially if the employer failed to provide proper training, safety equipment, or a safe work environment.
  • Manufacturer or Seller of the Ladder: If the ladder accident occurred due to a defect in the ladder, such as a design flaw or manufacturing defect, the manufacturer or seller of the ladder could be held liable under product liability laws.
  • Third Parties: In some cases, liability may extend to third parties who contributed to the accident. For example, if another contractor or worker on a construction site caused the ladder to become unstable, they could be held liable.
  • Government Entities: If the ladder accident occurred on public property, liability may fall on a government entity responsible for maintaining that property if it can be proven that the accident resulted from their negligence in maintenance or repair.

Seek Compensation for Your Injuries

At Keith Silverstein & Associates, our New York ladder accident lawyers are prepared to help you recover the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Our team understands the legal process and is ready to fight for you. Let us investigate the accident, gather evidence, develop a strong legal strategy, and obtain the most favorable outcome on your behalf.


Contact us today at (646) 813-3922 for a free case evaluation.


 

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