July 11, 2016
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 are unreachable without it. It is commonly used not only at home, but also at work, indoors and outdoors.
Unfortunately, some times, people underestimate the handling of this equipment. But other times, there are poor adherences to safety regulations in the job site, the ladder has a defect or is not properly maintained, among many others causes that can cause accidents with catastrophic consequences.
According to a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report more than 90,000 people receive emergency room treatment from ladder-related injuries every year. Elevated falls account for almost 700 occupational deaths annually; these deaths account for 15% of all occupational deaths. Moreover, over the last years the amount of ladder-related injuries has increased 50%.
Since these types of accidents occur frequently, 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 a an attorney
Before losing key evidence, it is important that you contact an attorney. He/she will locate the responsible party and help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
For tips on safe use of ladders you can check our previous blog post. If you or a loved one was injured due to a fall from a ladder at work and need a ladder accident lawyer contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation. We will fight aggressively for the compensation you deserve.