Ladders are such an everyday tool that many people fail to realize what a significant role they play in injuries at work and at home. If you fell from a ladder, you might think your resulting injuries were an accident, and that no one else was responsible. When it comes to ladder accidents, however, that is frequently not the case.
Some of the most common causes of ladder-related injuries point to liability on behalf of someone other than the injured party. For instance:
- The ladder was in poor condition or had an unrepaired defect;
- The ladder was not secured at the bottom or the top, causing it or you to slip;
- The ladder came apart or failed to stay locked in position during use; or
- Your employer did not properly train you how to use a particular ladder safely and properly.
A ladder fall accident and injury lawyer in Miami, FL, can help you determine if someone else was liable for your accident.
No matter how your ladder accident occurred, the personal injury team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine want to talk to you. We help injured accident victims throughout South Florida protect their rights and pursue the fair compensation they deserve. We have extensive resources and want to put them to work for you.
We invite you to our office for a free consultation and case evaluation with a member of our team. You can receive free advice on your case and have all your questions answered. If you then decide to move forward with us, we start the process of investigating your accident and gathering evidence. We will work hard to fight for what you deserve. To schedule your appointment, call us today at 1-800-747-3733.
Did Your Ladder Injury Occur on the Job?
According to 2014 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- An estimated 43 percent of fatal falls nationwide involve ladders;
- Nearly 20 percent of work-related falls involve ladders; and
- In the construction industry, 81 percent of falls were ladder-related.
In our work protecting the rights of accident victims, we meet many clients who fell from a ladder while on the job. Ladder-related falls are a particularly common construction accident injury.
If your fall occurred at work, a strong chance exists that another party—either your employer or a third party—bears liability. Even if you believe that the accident occurred due to your own carelessness, that does not absolve another party that might potentially be responsible.
Many ladder injuries occur at least in part due to the negligence of the employer, job site owner, or ladder manufacturer. When employers or manufacturers cut corners and do not adhere to safety measures, employee injuries become more likely.
We can pursue compensation for your on-the-job ladder injury in one of a couple ways. Which method we choose depends on the identity the responsible party and the circumstances of your accident.
We Can Help You File a Successful Workers’ Compensation Claim Against Your Employer.
If your injury occurred on the job and your employer is liable, we generally must use the workers’ compensation system to pursue damages, particularly if you work for a private company.
As long as your private employer is in good standing with the program, meaning the company has paid workers’ compensation premiums on your behalf, it is typically immune from a private lawsuit.
The workers’ compensation system provides a simplified way to file a claim and win benefits, but a few potential challenges stand in your way. Perhaps the biggest is the risk of your employer trying to deny your claim. There are a few ways a company can do this, such as alleging that you were behaving inappropriately or even that you were intoxicated at the time of your injury. Our workers’ compensation lawyers can anticipate any claim your employer might make, and counter it with compelling evidence to the contrary.
We Can Also Help You File a Lawsuit Against Any Responsible Third Party.
Your employer might not be the only party that shares in the liability for your ladder fall injury. Often, third parties other than the employer play a role in on-the-job injuries. If we identify such a party, we can seek damages from them.
The types of third parties that are sometimes at fault in ladder fall accidents include:
- The owner of the job site;
- A contractor or subcontractor;
- The manufacturer of the ladder; and
- The manager of the property where the accident occurred.
We can pursue damages from these parties by filing an insurance claim or, if necessary, a lawsuit. In most cases, we first try to negotiate fair compensation from the insurer. If that fails to bear fruit, we file suit and take your case to court.
Did Your Ladder Fall Accident Occur on Someone Else’s Private Property?
Not all ladder accidents occur at work. If yours happened on someone else’s private property, we might be able to seek damages with a premises liability claim against the property owner or manager.
Our legal team has fought many premises liability cases, which are sometimes called slip and fall claims. We can help you pursue the full value of your damages if your ladder accident happened because of a hazard on someone else’s property.
We Fight for All the Damages You Deserve.
Once we investigate your accident, identify the responsible parties, and build your case, we will calculate the full value of your damages. You might be eligible to receive compensation for some or all of the following:
- Medical bills, including current and anticipated future costs;
- Lost wages;
- Reduced earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of consortium; and
- Emotional anguish.
Call 1-800-747-3733 for a Free Case Evaluation With a Ladder Fall Accident and Injury Lawyer in Miami.
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, our legal team helps Miami residents injured in ladder fall accidents fight for the fair compensation they deserve. We offer free case evaluations to answer your questions and provide you with advice. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-747-3733 today.