New York Ladder Accident Attorneys
Did You Suffer Injuries From a Ladder Fall?
Because construction requires workers to perform their jobs from heights, ladders are essential equipment and must be in safe working condition, set up correctly, and used on premises free from hazards that can cause ladder accidents and severe and life-altering injuries.
Unfortunately, site owners and contractors with legal obligations to ensure safety on worksites do not always take the necessary steps to protect workers from ladder accidents. As a result of these failures, workers are caused to fall from ladders and sustain serious, permanent injuries that prevent them from working and enjoying their lives. However, there are specific laws in New York that allow workers injured in ladder fall accidents to sue owners, general contractors, and other responsible parties.
If you have been injured on the job while using a ladder, or have a loved one who was injured or killed in a work-related ladder accident, you may have options to obtain a financial recovery of your damages including pain and suffering, lost earnings and benefits, and medical expenses.
Our NYC Ladder accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., have recovered millions for clients harmed in construction accidents involving ladders, scaffolds, and other elevation hazards. We can review your case for FREE and discuss how we may be able to help.
Ladder Accident Attorneys with Proven Results
The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., is a U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rated Personal Injury practice known for our work litigating construction accident cases.
Since 1983, we have recovered more than $500 million in compensation for our clients, including over 50 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million dollars each in the past five years alone.
As a firm with results that have helped shape the NY Labor Law, we know how to help victims following ladder injuries and other height-related accidents. Examples of our results:
- $15.2 million verdict for a sheet metal worker injured in fall from an A-frame ladder.
- $12 million settlement for union driver who fell from fixed ladder attached to truck container.
- $11.89 million verdict for an asbestos-abatement specialist who suffered career-ending back injury after falling from a suspension scaffold.
- $9.35 million verdict for mason worker injured in 20-foot fall through an open floor.
- $5.3 million settlement for union carpenter who broke his heel after falling from a ladder.
- $5 million verdict for cable-TV installer injured in fall from extension ladder.
- $3.072 million verdict for construction worker injured due to a ladder collapse.
- $2.9 million settlement for worker who suffered spinal injuries in fall from ladder.
- $2.35 million settlement for painter injured in fall from ladder.
Do I Have a Ladder Accident Case?
Construction workers injured on the job are entitled to benefits provided through their employers’ workers’ compensation insurance.
Although NY law makes workers’ comp the exclusive remedy against your employer for people injured while performing work-related duties, an injured worker may be able to file a civil personal injury claim against other parties that negligently caused an accident or violated the law.
Whether you have a viable civil lawsuit related to your ladder accident will depend on the facts involved. Workers may be able to sue for civil damages in situations involving:
- Violations of the New York Labor Law on the part of premises owners, general contractors, and other responsible parties.
- Defective products, including defectively designed or manufactured ladders and equipment.
- Third-party negligence (i.e. accidents caused by negligent contractors or subcontractors on a worksite).
Ladder Accident Cases We Handle
Having recovered millions for victims hurt in ladder accidents, our NYC attorneys have the insight to evaluate the facts of your accident and discuss options for pursuing compensation. Our firm handles both workers’ compensation and personal injury cases for our clients, and provides the comprehensive service needed to maximize their ultimate recoveries.
We encourage you to contact our firm for a free review of your case. We can assist with all types of ladder and height-related accidents, including those involving:
- Improperly secured ladders
- Negligent supervision or training
- Failure to provide PPE or adequate fall protection
- Ladder use in small or confined areas
- Ladder or equipment defects
- Electrocution and electric shock injuries on ladders
Worksite accidents can have many potential causes, including those that are not immediately apparent. Even if you are not sure about what caused your injuries, our attorneys can help review and investigate to determine the best course of action for compensation.
New York Labor Law & Ladder Accidents
As such, there are specific laws in place designed to protect workers. Some of these include:
- NY Labor Law 240(1), which obligates construction project owners and general contractors to provide adequate protection to workers who perform job duties from heights, and allows for owners and contractors to be held strictly liable for injuries. Falls, falling objects, and other hazards involving ladders, scaffolds, and similar equipment are covered by this law.
- NY Labor Law 200, which requires contractors and site owners to provide a reasonably safe workplace.
- NY Labor Law 241(6), which allows injured workers to file lawsuits against general contractors, site owners, and others for violating workplace safety regulations outlined in the New York Industrial Code, even if those entities did not cause the hazardous condition.
- NY Industrial Code 12 NYCRR § 23-1.21 sets requirements for the use and safety of certain types of ladders and ladderways. In addition to rules for when these ladders must be used on projects, the law also places restrictions on extension ladders and platform ladderways used on large projects, and requires replacement of ladders when damage or age compromise structural integrity.
- OSHA standards regarding workplace health and safety. OSHA violations, including failure to meet specific height, placement, and rung size standards or regulations for safe ladder use, could indicate a controlling party’s failure to meet their legal obligations.
The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., has been fighting for injured workers for over 40 years, and is intimately familiar with the NY Labor Law, OSHA regulations, and the various New York Codes that protect construction workers. Our depth of experience allows us to identify when parties can be held liable for worker injuries and guides our tailored strategies for securing the maximum compensation possible.
If you have questions about your rights and legal options following any type of ladder accident, fall, or construction site injury, call or contact us online to speak with a lawyer. Our NYC attorneys serve clients across NYC and beyond, and offer FREE case evaluations.