Whether you’re changing a light bulb, pressure washing a building, or painting a billboard, chances are you are using a ladder to do it, and your chances of sustaining injury or death just increased markedly.
Twenty percent of work-related fall injuries involve ladders, and 81 percent of construction-related injuries involve ladders, according to data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you experienced a ladder fall accident in Phoenix, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries and damages. A Zanes Law ladder fall accident lawyer in Phoenix will do everything from A to Z to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (866)-499-8989 today for a free consultation.
Types of Injuries From Ladder Fall Accidents
Every year, around 165,000 Americans receive treatment for injuries related to ladder falls, according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. The organization conducted a study on ladder-related injuries, revealing that:
- Almost 10 percent of the ladder accident victims had to be hospitalized.
- Fractures were reported more frequently than any other injury
Other common ladder fall injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Electrical burns
- Musculoskeletal injuries
Ladder fall injuries often demand significant medical treatment. Many yield long-term disabilities that keep accident victims from returning to work. The lack of a paycheck introduces the stress of paying bills and providing for families.
Why Ladder Fall Accidents Happen
The Bureau of Labor Statistics conducted a study of 1,400 injury-causing ladder accidents. The study revealed the following statistics:
- Ladder accidents in the construction industry: 23 percent
- Victims not trained on checking for defects before ladder use: 66 percent
- Ladders broke during use: 53 percent
- Ladders were not secured at the bottom: 53 percent
- Ladders not secured at the top: 61 percent
- Ladders determined to have one or more defects: 19 percent
- Victims were working on the ladder at the time of the accident: 42 percent
- Ladders were not extended three feet above landing level: 39 percent
Based on the data, you can see that in any given ladder fall accident, some party—maybe the ladder manufacturer or employer—may be held liable for the accident.
When the Workplace Is Involved in the Cause of Your Ladder Fall Accident
Companies are required by law to take reasonable steps to prevent ladder fall accidents. When an employer fails to promote the safety culture, provide proper ladder-use training, or maintain an environment safe for ladder use, the company can be held liable for injuries and damages resulting from ladder accidents.
Whatever caused your ladder fall accident, you have the right to pursue compensation. The legal team at Zanes Law will investigate your accident and determine who is at fault and liable.
Determining Who is at Fault and Liable for Your Ladder Fall Accident
When you hire us to handle your ladder fall accident, we will apply the “Duty of Care” legal premise to establish a bullet-proof case of negligence, fault, and liability, all of which will stand up strong in negotiations with insurance companies and lawyers and in presenting your case to a judge and jury.
The required “Duty of Care” elements we will present include:
- You were owed a duty of care, which means that some individual or party was responsible for taking reasonable steps to prevent you from harm or injury.
- This individual or party failed to take steps to keep you safe.
- This failure triggered an accident that caused your injuries.
- Your injuries have left you with physical, emotional, and financial damages.
Our legal team knows how to validate the above claims with substantial evidence, and we will work tirelessly toward that end.
Investigating Your Ladder Fall Accident to Yield Evidence for Your Case
We will search high, low, and everywhere in between for compelling evidence to lock your case with credibility. This evidence will not only prove liability but also serve as the basis for the damages we seek to recover.
In the course of our investigation, we will produce and document evidence from the following sources:
- On-site visit to the scene of your accident
- Eyewitness accounts
- Facility maintenance records
- Safety records for your employer
- Employee safety manuals and training videos
- Surveillance camera videos
- Medical reports
- Wage statements
- Economic experts
- Medical experts
- Vocational experts
We will do everything from A to Z to make sure your case is backed by the kind of evidence nobody can ignore.
Calculating the Value of Your Case
In the next phase of our case development, our legal team will itemize your damages, attaching values to each damage, and presenting the list in the form of a demand letter to the liable party’s insurer.
Some of the damages you might see there include:
- Emergency transportation
- Surgeon’s fees and doctor’s fees
- Prescription medicines, including for pain
- Lost wages and benefits
- Diminished quality of life
- Diminished future potential earnings
- Replacement services
If the insurer counter-offers our demands, our ladder fall accident lawyers in Phoenix will negotiate aggressively on your behalf to edge the insurer to a fair settlement.
If the insurer fails to agree to fair terms or denies your claim outright, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf in civil court.
Time is Limited for Pursuing Legal Action
Arizona’s statute of limitations requires that you file any legal action within a specified period of time following your accident.
When you hire Zanes Law, we will manage these deadlines and all other administrative details of your case, so you need not to bother with them. Keep in mind that the sooner you hire your lawyer, the sooner we can begin building your case using fresh evidence and clearly recollected witness testimony.
A Zanes Law Ladder Fall Accident Lawyer in Phoenix Will Do It All for You
A ladder fall accident lawyer in Phoenix from Zanes Law is ready to take on your ladder fall accident case. We will not charge you a fee unless and until you receive compensation, and the no-obligation, the initial consultation is free of charge. Call us today at (866)-499-8989.