Ladders are a major reason why falls are the most common construction accident. People can be safe on ladders if they use all proper precautions, but many job sites don’t take those precautions seriously and create situations that kill and injure workers. You can receive compensation for those injuries.
If you’ve been injured in a ladder fall on a job site, Zanes Law’s ladder fall accident lawyers in Tucson can help with ladder fall accident cases. You will need to go through the workers’ compensation system if you were hurt on the job or through the civil court system otherwise.
Statistics on Ladder Falls
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, around half a million people are treated for ladder injuries each year. It’s so common that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has a Ladder Safety App!
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission states that the estimated annual cost of ladder injuries is $24 billion in the United States alone. These costs include lost work time, medical bills, legal bills, pain and suffering, and other forms of compensation.
We’re no stranger to ladder fall cases because they’re so common. This also means we know how to help you make a strong claim for compensation, whether to a private insurer or to the workers’ compensation system.
For a free legal consultation with a ladder fall accidents lawyer serving Tucson, call 866-499-8989
What to Do After a Ladder Fall at Work
There are two responsibilities you have after you’ve been injured on the job in a ladder fall construction accident. The first is to report your injury to a supervisor or manager. The second is to see the doctor your employer requires for workers’ compensation coverage.
If your injury requires emergency care, contact your employer when you can as a formality. Then, tell the doctors caring for you that you were in a workplace accident. You may still have to see your employer’s doctor to get coverage under workers’ comp, depending on their insurance policy.
You do have the right to see your own doctor to get a second opinion, but their cost must be paid out of pocket. Your employer covers the cost of their doctor, but that doctor may not give you a fair diagnosis or treatment plan. Many workers’ comp doctors are in the pocket of insurers.
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Do You Need a Lawyer to File for Workers’ Compensation?
No, you are not required to have a lawyer to file a workers’ compensation claim for a ladder fall at work. However, if you want the best chance of getting a fair result from the Industrial Commission of Arizona, you may want to work with one when you make your initial claim. You have up to one year from the date of your accident to file.
If they deny your compensation or offer too little, you need a lawyer’s help with experience in ladder fall cases. You can appeal your case, but it must be strengthened or the board will reject your wishes. Our ladder fall accident lawyers in Tucson will make them listen.
How? Zanes Law will perform a full investigation ourselves and seek evidence to prove you need more compensation for your construction accidnet. Then, in your hearing, we will use our decades of experience with helping people with workers’ comp cases to fight for justice on your behalf.
What if My Fall Happened Outside of Work?
If someone caused you to fall off a ladder at home, or if you believe your ladder was defective, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. However, you will have to prove that their negligence and not your own action caused your injury.
This can be more difficult than you think, but we can help you with your claim. The reason it’s difficult is that many people use ladders in unsafe ways and cause their own accidents. A crucial part of winning a good amount of compensation is to prove you didn’t contribute to your accident.
In Arizona, you can still collect compensation if you contributed, but your percentage of fault will reduce your winnings. If you win $100,000 in your case, but you were 30% at fault, you will only receive $70,000.
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Speak With a Ladder Fall Accident Lawyer Today
Ladder fall accidents are common and dangerous, but don’t give up hope if you’ve been injured. Contact Zanes Law first for a free consultation. You could be eligible for compensation if we can show someone else’s neglect caused your injury.
Find out if you have a case. Reach out to our ladder fall accident lawyers in Tucson via phone or our contact form to schedule your consultation. It is free and without obligation. Should you hire us, you will owe us nothing until you win compensation.