Skilled Attorneys for Ladder Accident Victims in New York
Shapiro Law Offices, PLLC has an appreciation for the workers who are required to work on ladders at elevated heights. In doing so, these workers risk their safety in order to provide a living for themselves and their loved ones. Often, the ladders provided are inadequate to protect the workers from being seriously injured and/or killed. Depending on the type of ladder being used, there are a variety of ways in which the ladder may fail to adequately protect a worker. Typical examples include:
- tipping ladders
- slipping ladders
- collapsing ladders
- loose/broken rung(s)
- broken/defective spreaders
- slippery (inadequate traction) ladders
- improperly positioned ladders
- improper/inadequate flooring
There are various types of ladders used in the construction industry, all of which have failed to adequately protect workers from serious injuries, death, and significant loss of income. These types of ladders include:
- a-frame ladders
- extension ladders
- roofing ladders
- rolling ladders
- permanently affixed ladders
This area of the law is very delicate, and the courts' rulings are very fact-specific. Once the elements of New York State Labor Law section 240 are proven, the property owner, the general contractor and their agents are fully responsible for the damages resulting from ladder falls. Labor Law Section 240 is an absolute liability provision; this means that, even where the worker was also partially at fault for the occurrence of the accident, they are nonetheless entitled to full compensation for all pain, suffering and economic losses resulting from the accident.
Additionally, the New York State Industrial Code provides specific safety provisions for the use of ladders. A violation of one of these NYS Industrial Code provisions serves as the basis for a claim under Labor Law section 241.
Proper handling of a ladder accident case requires an attorney with specialized knowledge in the field. Jason Shapiro, founder of Shapiro Law Offices, PLLC discusses the proper handling of ladder accident cases (including the ever-changing laws) in his textbook, The Lawyers' Guide to Personal Injury Law. Shapiro Law Offices, PLLC has a proven track record with respect to these claims, having recovered multi-million dollar awards in this area.