Each and every year, many workers in New York fall from ladders and suffer injuries. If you have recently suffered a fall from a ladder, then you should not hesitate to consult with an experienced attorney who understands New York’s unique ladder laws to determine what legal options you may have for fair compensation.
In broad strokes, you may have a few avenues to pursue if you suffered a fall from a ladder. In some cases, a fall from a ladder may be a workplace safety issue, while in other cases, it may be a product liability issue.
It is impossible to know how to classify your individual case and seek justice without an in-depth look at the fine details of the incident and contributing factors.
No matter what the finer points are, do not put off a professional legal consultation — your claim may have a fair short statute of limitations, after which collecting rightful compensation may not happen.
Ladder falls and workplace safety
If you fell from a ladder while on a worksite, then you should gather as much information as you can about the circumstances surrounding your fall. There are many regulations that that apply ladder usage on worksites in New York.
These regulations are numerous, and cover many aspects of using and maintaining ladders in the workplace. Some issues addressed by New York’s ladder regulations include:
– Maintenance of a workplace ladder- The type of ladders that qualify for use- Weight limits per ladder- Load-bearing requirements- Shape and condition of rungs- Additional safety equipment used in tandem with ladders
As you can see, there are many ways an employer may violate safety guidelines, but you won’t know exactly how that may apply to your injury without proper legal guidance.
Ladder falls and product liability
Product liability is a very wide field, and may involve manufacturers, suppliers or retailers who create and distribute the product.
In general, it is possible that your injury occurred because of some defect in the ladder itself, in which case your path to fair compensation is slightly different from a workplace safety issue.
If your employer is not liable for a safety issue, it is still possible that the manufacturer or retailer of the ladder is.
Don’t wait for justice to come to you
Ladder falls can mean quite serious injuries, but you should not let a severe injury keep you from pursuing justice quickly. It would be a shame for you to miss fair compensation for your injury because you put off seeking professional guidance.
With proper legal counsel from an experienced attorney, your rights remain secure while you pursue justice for yourself and others who suffer similar harm.
Source: Nov. 30, -0001