Are you the type of person who works on a ladder, day in and day out? If so, there’s a good chance that you work in the construction or demolition industry.
Regardless of your job title and industry, working at height comes with some risks. For example, you could fall off a ladder at any point, thus leading to a serious injury.
Unfortunately, ladder accidents are much more common than they should be. There are many reasons for this type of accident, including:
— The use of the wrong type of ladder
— The use of a defective ladder
— A ladder that was not placed on solid ground
— A person bumping into the ladder while another is climbing
Depending on the location, height, and other circumstances surrounding the fall, the victim could be seriously injured or even killed. For example, broken bones, back injuries, and concussions are all commonly associated with ladder accidents.
At our law firm, we know that ladders are used throughout the city on a daily basis. Unfortunately, we also know that this leads to serious accidents.
If you’ve been involved in any type of ladder accident, you need to take a few key steps:
— Receive immediate medical treatment
— Report the accident to your employer
— Learn more about your rights for receiving compensation
For example, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim to improve your financial situation until you’re able to return to work.
If your claim is denied for any reason, don’t take no for an answer. You were injured on the job, and you deserve to receive compensation. In this case, it’s time to file an appeal.