Attorneys Helping Construction Workers after a Fall from a Ladder
Ohio lawyers are on your side when subcontractors and passers-by are injured on a construction site
Commercial extension ladders at construction sites can cause serious accidents. They consist of two twelve-foot aluminum sections connected by runners. By pulling a rope attached to one section a worker can raise the second section and extend the ladder by as much as ten or eleven feet. Built-in clamps lock the extension and prevent its sliding when in use.
If you are visiting a construction site as an inspector or subcontractor it is often necessary to climb extension ladders to do your work. A defective or improperly maintained ladder can cost you a serious injury or even your life. Crandall & Pera Law’s Ohio construction accident attorneys have the knowledge and experience to ensure that you are as fully compensated for injuries you maintain, pain and suffering, and loss of salary as the law allows.
What are some risks of using construction ladders?
Besides falling from a ladder because it is improperly secured and sways, the clamps that lock the sections of an extension ladder together may fail, causing it to close suddenly or fold and crush the person on it, or causing them to fall to the ground. The rope used to raise and lower the extension may break, causing the person pulling on it to fall backwards. Then too, a person told to carry a light object with a large surface while ascending a ladder can be thrown from it if the wind causes the object to act as a large sail.
What kinds of injuries are associated with defective construction ladders?
First, there are those associated with falls from significant height onto a ground littered with construction debris such as boards, nails, pieces of reinforcing bar, and wire mesh. These are almost always multiple fractures, penetration wounds and internal injuries caused both by impact and by broken bones penetrating vital organs. Hands and feet can be crushed if someone is standing on the lower part of the ladder and the clamps give way, causing to extension to come crashing down like a guillotine. And, if the ladder collapses it may strike others nearby causing lacerations, contusions and broken bones.
The victim of a defective ladder accident has some options that can compensate them or their family when injury or death results. In addition to worker’s compensation benefits available from the victim’s own employer, negligence actions against the construction company that owns it, or the equipment company that furnished it are also possible, as is a product liability action against the ladder’s manufacturer.
Let our Ohio attorneys advocate for you after a serious construction accident
Your construction accident case is important to us. The attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law have are experienced protecting the interests of people injured in falls related to defective ladders. Please call us at 877-686-8879, or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation. We represent clients throughout Ohio, including Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chesterland and Chagrin Falls.