New Jersey Ladder Accident Lawyers
Ladders are one of the most helpful tools anywhere. They’re used on construction sites and homes across the United States. Painters, electricians, framers, roofers and weekend home renovators rely on ladders to get their jobs done. When they’re used properly, they’re safe, but can also be dangerous if they’re defective, damaged or employed in a situation that isn’t secure. Theses types of accidents can cause severe personal injuries for the unsuspecting user. At the law firm of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, we have collected millions of dollars for clients injured in ladder accidents – many due to a defective product, such as the $2 million settlement we obtain for a seriously injured man who was injured in a fall from a defective device. We have also handled other defective ladder cases in which we have collected large sums of money for our clients.
Ladder-related mishaps can cause devastating personal injuries, permanent disabilities and death. The statistics are surprisingly high. In an average year, half-a-million people in the United States seek treatment for injuries sustained in a ladder accident. Over 160,000 of those people go to the local emergency room for medical attention. Approximately 300 people die from falls. The injured include a broad cross-section of people from New Jersey, from landlords and homeowners to experienced construction workers.
Ladder accidents are commonly caused by defects in the product that cause it to slide or become unstable. Quite often these accidents occur when the feet of the ladder slip because they are defective or worn out.
The most common personal injuries incurred in ladder accidents are:
- Broken bones
- Head trauma
- Back injuries
The type of ladder accident determines who is liable for the injuries. Manufacturers are responsible for defective products. Private owners are liable if it slips or breaks due to improper footing. On a construction site, the general contractor or subcontractor is responsible for making sure that the workers are not provided broken or defective equipment or are required to use them in unsafe conditions.
Most construction accidents can be prevented, so it’s important to hold the negligent party liable for any injuries incurred in a ladder accident. A personal injury lawyer can file a lawsuit against the responsible party for product liability, failure to warn or negligence. Workers must be taught the correct way to use a ladder, and they must be given a safe work environment. OSHA reported that 53 percent of these types of accidents happened when the device unexpectedly broke while it was being used. The majority of those products had numerous defects and had not been inspected thoroughly before being used.
NJ Ladder Injury Lawsuits
If you suffered injuries while working on a defective ladder at home or on the job, you deserve appropriate compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium and diminished earning capacity. At our law firm, we aggressively protect the rights of people who were injured in ladder accidents. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, contact our New Jersey ladder accident attorneys. We will respond as soon as possible to discuss your case at no cost to you.