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Ronald Gillett v. City of New York, et al.

I have handled countless cases over the years where a worker used an A-frame ladder in the closed position because they didn’t have the room to open it, only to have the ladder slide out and cause the worker to suffer a serious injury. Since they don’t really have six-foot straight ladders available, workers, knowing that the boss wants the job done, close and lean the ladder on a wall. Far too often, their bosses are well aware of this dangerous situation. The Gillett case made it clear that those workers don’t just get their cases thrown out of court. The worker has the right to present their case to a jury. I should mention that there are also similar “closed A-frame” cases where the worker doesn’t even have to present the case to a jury. The court instead says, if that’s what happened you win. The case is either then settled or you present your case to a jury who only decide how much you get because you already won the case that they are at fault.

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