February 2, 2023
What to Do if you’ve Fallen Off a Ladder at Work
By Jonathan Damashek
Posted inGo to the main Workers' Compensation page
A ladder is an amazing tool that helps us get to places that aren’t easily within reach. It is commonly used not only at home, but also at work.
Unfortunately, people sometimes underestimate the handling of this equipment. Other times, there are poor adherences to safety regulations on the job site, the equipment has a defect or is not properly maintained, or others hazards that can cause accidents.
Ladder-related accidents occur frequently, and have catastrophic consequences. Each year, more than 300 people die from a ladder accident, and hundreds of thousands are injured.
It is important to know what you need to do if you’ve fallen off a ladder at work. The following steps will help you save time and achieve the compensation you deserve.
Report the accident to a supervisor
It is key to make your employer aware of the situation from the very beginning. Explain what happened and how. Make sure all the details are correctly registered.
Seek medical attention immediately
Even if you feel well and no injuries are evident you need to consult a health professional. Some injuries may appear later in the day.
Document your injuries
If physically possible, it is important to document the accident and the injuries by taking pictures of the job site (especially where the accident took place) as well as your injuries. Ask for a full doctor’s report. In addition, keep a record of all the expenses you incurred and the wages you lost.
Contact an attorney
Before losing key evidence, it is important that you contact a New York construction accident attorney. They will locate the responsible party and help you fight for the compensation you deserve. At Hecht, Kleeger, & Damashek, P.C., we have fought for thousands of clients and are ready to fight for you. We will fight aggressively for the compensation you deserve.