Experienced Queens Ladder Accident Lawyer & Queens Personal Injury Attorney Keetick L Sanchez K L Sanchez Law
Ladder accidents in the US construction industry cause an estimated $24 billion annually, including medical, legal, liability, pain, and suffering expenses, as well as the cost of lost work. In 2020, more than 22,710 were injured and 161 died from ladder-related injuries. Ladder falls are the second most fatal cause of equipment-related falls behind scaffold falls. Ladder fall injuries and fatalities are preventable, which makes it all the more frustrating and tragic when an accident happens.
Construction workers have the right to worker’s compensation when they are injured in workplace accidents. However, it is also a worker’s right to file a civil lawsuit to hold the responsible party accountable when accidents are caused by the negligence of the property owner or contractor.
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Working with an Experienced Queens Ladder Fall Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in a Queens ladder accident, you deserve to be represented and have your rights protected by an experienced attorney. At K L Sanchez Law, P.C., we work hard to provide quality legal counsel and representation to our clients to ensure that they receive the compensation they deserve.
Our skilled Queens ladder accident lawyers may be able to help you understand your rights and determine which type and how much compensation you are entitled to. Based on the circumstances of your case, we may be able to assist you in seeking compensation to pay for your medical and rehabilitative care, and any pain and suffering you may be experiencing. If you experienced any decrease in your quality of life after your accident, you may be entitled to compensation for that as well.
If the site property owner or contractor is proven to be negligent of the safety precautions mandated under New York law, you may be able to file a suit for negligence in addition to a workers’ compensation claim.
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Construction Ladder Accidents and Fall Hazards
Fall accidents are among the top causes of workplace injuries in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Fall injuries are classified into two types: elevated and same-level falls. Elevated falls, which ladder accidents are part of, are less frequent compared to same-level falls. However, their increased elevation and impact due to gravity can cause significantly more damage than falls that happen on the ground. More than 60% of elevated falls occur from a height of fewer than 10 feet.
In a workplace construction accident, one of the most dangerous and costliest mistakes is ignoring safety precautions. No one goes to work expecting to get injured or for an accident to happen. Contractors and property owners are required to follow workplace safety guidelines at all times. If the guidelines are ignored or not followed, construction accidents can happen. The most common causes of ladder accidents are as follows.
Like in other types of work, when using a ladder, it is important to use the right tool for the job. Ladders are not a one-size-fits-all situation. Ladders should be selected with the intended use in mind. It is also important to only use ladders that conform to safety standards like those of the American Ladder Institute and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Ladders come in different shapes and sizes and all have different advantages and disadvantages. A common caution is to never use ladders with conductive material in jobs where a ladder or its user may come into contact with electrical wiring. Such considerations must be made before using a ladder.
Construction materials and tools are subject to wear and tear. Ladders are not an exception and they have their own expiration date. It is important to inspect ladders for damages and to replace them once they have outlived their use. Damaged ladders should be disposed of or labeled as such in construction sites to avoid workers from using them accidentally.
A ladder has an optimum range of angles in which it should be used. A ladder should be set at, or as near as possible to, a 4:1 height-to-distance ratio. It is also important to always have three points of contact with the ladder at all times to ensure safety. People who are carrying equipment onto ladders are especially at risk for falls. It should also be noted that persons using ladders should not overreach and risk themselves going out of balance but rather reposition the ladder instead. Proper safety gear like shoes should also be worn when using ladders to avoid falling. The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health recommends conducting training on the use of ladders to avoid workplace injury.
Ladders should be placed on stable and level ground. A ladder tipping and falling over, or not being able to support weight due to being placed on uneven ground, can cause great injury. Precautions should also be taken to ensure that ladders are not placed in doorways or that people are aware that work on ladders is being undertaken.
The best approach would be to find another person who can assist as a helper on the ground to ensure that the ladder and the person on it are stable. Staking the ladder, or adding supports to the legs is also useful.
If you have been injured in a Queens ladder accident due to negligence by a property owner or contractor in following safety precautions, you may be eligible for compensation. At K L Sanchez Law Firm, P.C., we may be able to help you file a claim for compensation for injuries you have acquired due to a ladder accident. Our experienced ladder accident attorneys, headed by skilled Queens personal injury attorney Keetick L Sanchez, understand the impact an injury can bring on a person’s livelihood and well-being.
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The Law on Construction Workplace Safety and How It Protects Workers
New York is home to one of the largest construction industries in the US and sites continue to pop up in the state. New York City alone represents 39.2% of all state jobs in the construction industry. The greater New York City metropolitan area, which includes Queens, reported the highest employment in the construction industry in the country. However, the construction industry also has the most dangerous jobs in the city and the country.
A workplace accident can cause significant injuries that require medical intervention. As such, injuries can cost workers time off from work, aside from medical and rehabilitation fees. In cases where a worker is injured to the point of disability, returning to the same occupation may not be possible.
Needless to say, state legislators make a point of ensuring the safety of workers in the construction industry. New York labor laws have special provisions for workers in the industry to codify safety guidelines and to offer them compensation for injuries incurred in their line of work.
- Chapter 33 of the New York City Construction Codes – contains safety information required for all construction and demolition work.
- Local Law 78 of 2017 – required property owners, contractors, and parties responsible for overseeing construction sites to report workplace incidents including accidents resulting in injury or fatality.
- Local Law 196 of 2017 – requires workers at major construction sites to complete OSHA 10 training within the past 5 years.
- New York Labor Law 200 – mandates that property owners and contractors take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of workers in construction sites through conducting inspections on machinery and the provision of safety equipment. Proper warnings should also be issued to warn others of the danger should a risk in the site be discovered.
- New York Labor Law 240 – commonly known as the “scaffolding law” but also encompasses ladder safety, protects the rights of workers who incur injuries from elevated falls or falling objects, and mandates the provision of safety measures to prevent workplace injuries.
New York’s personal injury and premises liability laws require that property owners and contractors exercise a duty of care to workers in their employ. When contractors are negligent towards safety protocols mandated by law to protect the safety of workers, this is considered a breach of that duty of care. By not providing safety protocols to ensure construction workers are safe, by providing subpar equipment, or by not maintaining tools properly, property owners and contractors become guilty of negligence when accidents happen.
As pieces of equipment, manufacturers who do not follow safety standards in the production of ladders (ie. not properly labeling weight limits on equipment, or cutting corners) may also be held accountable for accidents.
Workplace accidents, especially those that are largely preventable like ladder accidents, can cause significant physical and financial hardships to individuals. It is only reasonable for the injured party to seek damages in compensation.
It is important to seek the help of an experienced attorney who is familiar with personal injury and accident law if you’ve been involved in a construction ladder accident. A skilled attorney can help you determine the kind of compensation you are eligible to receive and represent you in seeking a claim.
Keetick L Sanchez, a top-rated New York construction accident and personal injury attorney, may be able to help you navigate the legal processes of filing a claim for your injuries. Aside from workers’ compensation benefits, you may be entitled to repayment for your medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages, or a pain and suffering settlement.
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Types of Injuries Resulting from Ladder Accidents
The construction industry is notoriously dangerous in terms of the frequency of workplace injuries. However, fall accidents, like ladder accidents in particular, can be very dangerous. Ladder accidents happen very quickly with not enough time for the persons involved to react, even to just brace themselves for a fall. As such, severe injuries can happen regardless of the height of the fall or the ladder.
Ladder accidents can cause:
- Spinal/spinal cord injury
- Head and brain injuries
Injuries from ladder accidents may also result in disability and require ongoing care. Seeking medical attention after a workplace injury such as an elevated fall should be your topmost priority.
Getting the Help of Skilled Queens Ladder Accident Lawyers
Proving negligence and liability in a construction accident claim can be complicated. In the case of a construction site ladder accident, careful investigation of the circumstances surrounding the fall and the factors that contributed to the injury is necessary to establish a strong case. You need to seek a lawyer who will be able to help you hold the negligent party, whether the construction contractor, the property owner, or a third party, accountable for your injuries.
At K L Sanchez Law Office, P.C., our experienced Queens ladder accident lawyers and personal injury attorneys can collect the necessary information and evidence that will establish which party is at fault. We have dedicated our practice to helping workers injured in ladder accidents get the maximum compensation they deserve. We are prepared to provide aggressive representation to protect our client’s rights and best interests.