Ladders are among the most common tools used on a construction site. At the same time, falls from ladders are among the most common causes of construction accident injuries. Most of the accidents happen because workers set up the ladder improperly or use the wrong type of ladder for their job, but there are many accidents caused in particular by defective ladders.
Many ladders are manufactured negligently, using cheap materials, and are not safe for use when they arrive at the construction site. While employers might be protected under the Worker’s Compensation Act in the case of a ladder accident, workers may still pursue compensation from the ladder manufacturing company or even from the store that sold the ladder.
Common ladder injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Internal damage
If you believe that your ladder accident was caused by a defective product, rather than improper usage, it is important to consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. It is also vital to preserve the ladder in its original condition because that will be valuable evidence. Typically, there will be an investigation to determine the exact cause of your accident. If the investigation proves that there was a problem with the ladder, you can pursue financial compensation for your injuries from the at-fault party’s insurance company.
John M. O’Brien and Grant Zehnder are experienced personal injury attorneys who can help you in this process. Our law firm has successfully handled countless defective product liability cases over the years, and we can make sure you get the best possible outcome.