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Have You Been Injured in A Ladder Accident? Get Ladder Injury Compensation with The Help of an Attorney

The old adage about something being “as easy as falling off a ladder” is more true than people realize, as falling off of a ladder is one of the country’s number one causes of unintentional injury. In fact, of falls that end in fatalities, almost half involve falling off of a ladder, and among injuries that occur in the workplace, one in five involve ladders.  Working in construction is well established as one of the most dangerous occupations, and in construction alone, over eighty percent of falls that require a trip to the emergency room have involved a ladder. If you are a worker who has been injured in a ladder accident, then you may be entitled to compensation to help you recover and rehabilitate. The Lancaster law firm of Vanasse Law is dedicated to helping those who have been injured in workplace accidents, and we are here to help you through the entire process.

According to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the year 2011 alone there were over 15,000 nonfatal work-related ladder fall injuries, and those only represent those that employers reported and that involved more than a day away from work. The agency indicated that in total there were 34,000 of these injuries treated in the nation’s emergency rooms, and most of them were preventable.  The occupational groups that were most heavily represented among these were construction and mining, followed by employees involved in installation, maintenance and repair work, and the highest amount of fatalities were found among companies that had the fewest employees. Of particular concern were the ladder injuries that involved the head, which were implicated in roughly half of the ladder fall fatalities.

There are a number of factors that can contribute to ladder injury incidents, and many of them are a result of improper or insufficient training on ladder inspection and use. Many ladder accidents are a result of:

  • Ladders that are broken or defective
  • Improperly/irregularly spaced ladder steps
  • Ladders that are improperly secured
  • Ladders that are not extended to the correct height

No matter the reason behind your ladder accident injury, employees that are injured in workplace accidents are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, which generally include payment of medical and therapy bills, out-of-pocket expenses for such items as crutches and medications, and approximately two thirds of wages lost during treatment and recovery. In some cases there are also specific loss benefit available due to the loss of a limb or bodily function, and if your accident is the result of negligence on the part of a third party other than your employer or a co-worker, it may also be appropriate for you to pursue a separate claim against those responsible.

At the Lancaster law firm of Vanasse Law, we are solely dedicated to serving the needs of injured workers, including those who suffer injuries as a result of ladder fall accidents. Call us today to set up an appointment to see how we can help you get the compensation that you deserve.

Learn more about Ladder Injury Compensation HERE.