Worker Injured in Fall from Ladder
Construction workers who fall from ladders can suffer serious and long-term injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBI. If you have been injured in a construction related accident, you may wish to retain a skilled Queens or Bronx ladder accident lawyer who can help you pursue full compensation for your harm. At Oresky & Associates, PLLC, we have the knowledge and experience to protect your rights. With 25+ years of experience to guide us, we know how to help you pursue a settlement or verdict that represents just compensation for your injuries. Our experienced team of trial lawyers and paralegals stand ready to help you.
Fall From Ladder Cases
Our attorneys have represented numerous construction workers, painters, asbestos handlers, electricians, and others that have suffered serious injuries including fractures, herniated discs requiring back and neck surgery, and as a result of falls from unstable ladders. Under New York State Labor Law 240(1) all contractors and owners and their agents, except owners of one and two-family dwellings who contract for but do not direct or control the work, are responsible to provide workers with proper protection which includes stable and secure ladders.
Ladder Accidents Happen Often at New York Construction Sites
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of deaths in construction. In 2015, nearly 40 percent of all construction fatalities throughout the U.S. were due to falls. Many of these falls were from ladders. On construction sites, workers often are required to use ladders at a wide range of heights and levels. Depending on the nature of the job, construction workers may use stepladders, A-frame ladders, extension ladders, or other types of ladders.
New York Labor Law Section 240, also known as the “Scaffolding Law,” protects the rights of construction workers who have been injured by falls or falling objects. This law imposes a non-delegable duty on general contractors and most property owners to provide workers with proper protections, including safe and properly working ladders. When a ladder malfunctions for no apparent reason, a court will presume that the ladder was not adequate to provide proper protection. For example, if a ladder suddenly “kicks out” or topples over, the court will presume that the ladder was not good enough for the job.
Falls from ladders can cause serious injuries and even death. If liability is established under certain provisions of the Labor Law, such as Section 240, an injured worker will be able to recover significant damages related to the accident. These often include medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, lost union benefits, and pain and suffering.
Call a Construction Accident Attorney in the Bronx or Queens to Get Started on Your Case
If you were injured due to a fall from a ladder on a construction site, guidance from a construction injury attorney will be critical in determining what you should do next. At Oresky & Associates, PLLC, we can zealously advocate for your rights at every step of the way. We understand that dealing with a fall from a ladder or in another situation on the job is not easy. Our goal is to treat our clients as we would want to be treated if we were dealing with similar injuries. Members of our staff speak Spanish, and we provide representation irrespective of your legal status in the U.S., which does not affect your right to compensation. Our attorneys represent victims in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, as well as Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties. To speak to one of our attorneys in more detail at no cost, you can call us at (718) 993-9999 or you can contact us online.