Contrary to popular belief, the majority of ladder injuries occur at home rather than at a work place and this is due to using ladders unsafely, not understanding the dangers and risks involved with ladder use and ladders that fail due to defect. Whenever a product causes bodily harm, it is the right of whoever has been injured to receive compensation for medical treatment and other financial considerations. The Chicago ladder defect lawyers of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have pursued hundreds of cases on behalf of clients whose injuries were the result of using poorly manufactured and designed ladders that failed to perform as intended.
Only 3% of Ladder Injuries Occur at Work
Construction workers and contractors take risks on a daily basis, but despite the constant use of ladders on worksite, the accident rate is surprisingly low. Most ladder injuries occur in the home instead because users do not understand how to use a ladder properly or the ladders themselves are not built well enough to perform their intended function— which is to allow you to safely climb to a recommended height to perform a task. Another reason that ladder injuries are less frequent at work is the requirements that construction workers inspect and report any ladder defects on a weekly basis. Therefore, when ladder injuries do occur at a construction site, it is far more likely to be due to defect than improper use.
Common Causes of Ladder Injuries in Illinois
Over the last fifteen years, over 2 million people have been injured by ladders and it is important to understand the most common causes of ladder accidents if we wish to prevent them in the future. Some of the most common causes of ladder injuries include the following.
- Using the wrong type of ladder. Every ladder has an intended purpose and limitations that users need to be aware of when selecting one for a task at hand.
- The ladder tips or falls while holding an occupant. It is important to always have a spotter on hand to keep your ladder in place while you are climbing it so that it does not fall and send you to the ground awkwardly.
- Extension lock failure. If the ladder extension fails and causes the ladder to slip while a user is climbing or working, it can throw the user to the ground and cause serious injuries.
- Attic ladder openings presenting fall risk. When you are fumbling around your attic, it is easy to take one step backward into the open space that led you into the attic to begin with.
- The ladder collapses because it is poorly designed or made of inferior materials. If you are involved in a ladder accident, it is important to inspect the ladder that was involved in the incident to determine whether a design flaw or defect caused the ladder to fail.
Ladder Defect Injuries Range from Minor to Catastrophic
Only one out of ten injuries that result from ladder accidents require hospitalization and most people are fortunate to be able to walk away from the incident with minor bruises or sprains. Depending on the height of the ladder and the length of the fall, however, more serious injuries are possible and the most common of these injuries are broken bones at the joints of the hands, feet and wrists. Other injuries include the following.
- Broken leg, shoulder or collar bone.
- Injuries to the neck, back or spine. Whenever someone suffers an injury to his or her spine, there is the possibility of life altering injuries that may threaten the victim’s mobility.
- Traumatic brain injuries. If you have suffered any trauma to the head, it is important to undergo tests to eliminate the possibility of a traumatic brain injury because these injuries may remain asymptomatic for weeks or months.
Contact Us for a Free Case Review of Your Ladder Defect Case
The Chicago ladder defect attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have tried hundreds of product liability cases in which victims suffered injuries due to manufactural defects and poorly made products; and we’ve successfully recovered the compensation our clients required for payment of their medical bills, the recovery of lost wages, pain and suffering and out of pocket expenses. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation so that we can review the details of your case and let you know how we can help you move forward with your case.
Our product defect lawyers work solely on a contingency basis, which means we will never expect upfront payment or charge for our services unless we successfully secure damages in your behalf. For additional information about ladder fall accidents, view our Chicago ladder accident page here.