Ladders are used to reach high places. When used properly, they are safe. When there is no training beforehand or a person is careless, ladders can be dangerous.
While most ladder accidents happen at home, they can also happen in the workplace. Employees in construction, retail, manufacturing, and other industries use ladders on a regular basis. A person does not need to be up very high to suffer extensive injuries. In fact, most fatalities occur when a person falls from below 10 feet. In the construction industry, falls from ladders are a leading cause of death.
If you or a loved one has been injured from a ladder fall, know that you have legal options. The Decatur personal injury lawyers at Shiver Hamilton Campbell can help you move on after an injury from a ladder accident.
Causes of Ladder Falls
It’s not hard to fall off a ladder. Many falls are due to the following:
- Losing one’s balance
- Improper setup of the ladder
- Improperly mounting or dismounting the ladder
- Misstepping while climbing up or down
- Carrying items while on a ladder
- Overreaching while on the ladder
- Using a ladder that is the wrong height
- Using damaged or defective ladders
- Lengthening or altering a ladder
- Lack of training
Common Injuries From Ladder Accidents
A fall from a ladder can result in catastrophic injuries. They include these types of injuries:
- Head and brain injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Broken bones
These injuries can result in medical bills, lost wages, and emotional damages such as pain and suffering. Treatment can be expensive, costing six or seven figures. If someone’s negligence led to your injuries, make sure they are held financially liable.
Types of Ladders
Many types of ladders are used in the workplace. Some common types include:
- Step ladders. These are small ladders with a couple steps. They are fixed in height and cannot be adjusted.
- Single ladders. These are non-adjustable ladders that consist of just one section. These are rarely used anymore.
- Extension ladders. These ladders are adjustable in height and consist of at least two sections.
- Tripod ladders. This ladder has one leg opposite the rungs. It is used for more support in limited spaces.
- Articulated ladders. This type of ladder features locking articulated joints so that it can be set up in different configurations.
- Telescoping ladders. These portable ladders use a pin system to “telescope” into different lengths. However, the pins can fail, making them unsafe.
- Trestle ladders. These ladders combine a step ladder with a single extension ladder for versatility.
Contact Us Today
A fall from a ladder can result in serious injuries and even death. If you have suffered a ladder accident due to your employer’s or co-worker’s negligence, seek legal help.
Contact the Decatur personal injury lawyers at Shiver Hamilton Campbell to learn more about your legal options following a ladder fall. Fill out the online form or call (877) 215-6111 to schedule a free consultation today.