New York City Ladder Accident Lawyers
Experience in successfully securing optimal verdicts for ladder accident victims
Falls from ladders are among the most dangerous on-the-job accidents – and among the most dangerous accidents overall. Construction work itself is a risky business, with the use of powerful machinery and heavy equipment, adding the amount of work that is performed at high elevations or on portable ladders, can be even riskier. When injured in a ladder fall or another type of ladder accident, your injuries can be quite serious, resulting in lengthy recovery, surgery, and mounting medical bills. The dedicated NYC attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman have an impressive reputation helping victims like you fully recover from their damages, including settlements and verdicts in the multi-millions.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sites ladder accidents in their top 10 most-frequently-cited safety-standard violations. According to the Industrial Safety & Hygiene News (ISHN), there’s far more to ladder safety than simply watching your step. All of the following apply:
- Choosing the right ladder – including the material, the weight-rating, and the length – for the job at hand
- Inspecting every ladder for damage and physical integrity every time it’s used
- Setting up the ladder safely and using it safely every time it’s used
- Incorporating safety training for ladder users, including the belt buckle rule (keeping your body centered between the ladder’s side rails
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares a variety of grim statistics related to ladder accidents, including:
- Falls remain one of the leading causes of unintentional fatal injuries in the United States.
- Of all these fatal falls, more than 40 percent involve a ladder.
- Among workers in general, about 20 percent of all fall-related injuries involve a ladder.
- Among construction workers, more than 80 percent of all fall-related injuries that are treated in emergency rooms involve a ladder.
Ladders are closely related to dangerous falls on the job. Further, your employer owes you a duty of care that includes helping to ensure that you aren’t injured in one of these serious ladder accidents.
New York’s labor laws protect workers
New York State labor laws were designed to protect workers from sustaining workplace injury. Specifically:
- Labor Law Section 200 – specifies that owners and contractors are required to adopt measures that provide safe workplaces and protect employees
- Labor Law Section 240 – this is commonly known as the “scaffold law” and it protects the rights of workers if they have been injured in a high fall or if they have been struck by a falling object
- Labor Law Section 241 – requires that, at a work site, specific safety measures must be adhered to and safety equipment must be provided
Our Verdicts and Settlements for Ladder Injuries
As one of the oldest and most well-respected personal injury firms in the City, we have a well-established reputation for securing significant settlements and verdicts for our clients, including:
- $14.5 million for a construction worker who sustained serious injuries to his heels and lower legs when his ladder slipped during construction and caused him to fall 15 feet
- $3 million (in medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering) for a client who was injured in an unsecured-ladder accident that resulted in multiple foot injuries
- $3 million for a roofer who fractured his leg in a ladder fall
Our firm is widely recognized for its litigation prowess, trial experience, and proven results in the form of substantial settlements and verdicts.
Allow Us to Protect Your Rights and to Help Obtain Your Rightful Compensation
If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in a ladder accident, the formidable ladder accident attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman in New York City are committed to bringing your strongest case in support of your case’s most favorable resolution. Our stellar legal team will zealously advocate for the compensation to which you are entitled, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at 212-285-3300 for more information today.