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In the realm of occupational hazards, falling injuries — particularly those associated with worker ladder use — are among the most common and severe. In a 2011 study conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), for example, researchers found that among workers nationwide, 81% of fall injuries requiring emergency medical intervention involved a ladder, 20% of total worker fall injuries involved ladders, and that 43% of fatal falls involved a ladder of some kind. Data from the study further revealed the occurrence of 34,000 nonfatal, but serious worker falling injuries involving ladders (requiring emergency medical intervention) on an annual basis.
Quite clearly, the risks posed by ladder falling injuries to workers is substantial, and when such injuries do occur, they are often severe. If you sustained injuries in a ladder accident, contact a Fort Lauderdale injury lawyer at the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs for a free consultation and assessment of your claims today.
Employers have a duty to their workers to provide a safe workplace environment (to the extent that is reasonably possible, given the circumstances) to their workers. What constitutes a reasonable safety expectation is dependent on a number of factors, such as regulatory guidelines, industry standards, and the specifics of the job itself, among many other factors. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets numerous guidelines for workplace ladder safety and training, which qualified employers must adhere to.
Ladder injuries can be caused by a number of factors and decisions that implicate the negligence of an employer, including:
Workplace ladder accidents are not always exclusively caused by the negligence of an employer. In many cases, a ladder accident could be the fault of a third party, such as a reckless pedestrian or driver who collides with an active ladder, or a ladder manufacturer who negligently manufactures or designs a defective ladder product.
For example, suppose that you fall and injure yourself due to a collapsing ladder. After consultation with a personal injury attorney and further investigation of the event, you discover that the ladder was defectively manufactured and that this defect caused your injuries. Florida law would then entitle you to sue the ladder manufacturer under a theory of product liability.
If you have suffered injuries due to a ladder, Florida law may entitle you to damages (or workers’ compensation benefits) for your injuries, depending on the particular circumstances of your case. Damages may not return you to your pre-accident physical and psychological condition, but they can provide valuable financial resources with which to pay for your treatment and re-orient your life in the wake of severe injuries.
Attorney David I. Fuchs has decades of experience successfully litigating personal injury cases, including ladder accidents. David is devoted to providing his clients with high-quality representation in the pursuit of a favorable outcome.
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