Ladders are one of the most useful tools for workmen and those on construction sites, as well as for a whole host of other jobs around the home, but they can also be very dangerous. If you’ve been injured after falling from a ladder, are you wondering who is to blame for your accident? Establishing the cause of your accident is the key to assessing who is at fault – if you were injured at work, it may be that your employer is responsible.
Some of the most common causes of falls from ladders can be avoided with a little bit of thought for health and safety, but those who have been injured could always make a personal injury claim, within three years of their accident.
What caused your accident?
There are many different things that could cause an accident with a ladder, but here are some of the most common causes of falls from ladders accidents that we have dealt with claims for since we were established in 2000:
- Faulty ladders which have not been checked collapsing and causing injuries
- The person holding the ladder moves or lets go of the ladder and it collapses
- Asked to reach something from the top of a ladder which is too far away, stretching and falling
- Using a ladder in wet or windy conditions when it could become slippery or blow over
You could be injured whilst using a step ladder in a retail environment, climbing a ladder to work on a roof or using ladders whilst carrying out building work. It’s important that any ladders you use are checked before and after use, to ensure that they are safe. This is not only the responsibility of the employee, it’s up to your employer to ensure that any equipment you use is fit for purpose. If you fall from a ladder and suffer a serious spinal or head injury, you could be in line for a substantial personal injury settlement, if your claim is successful.
Claiming compensation after a ladder fall
Common causes of falls from ladders are not the only things that could lead to an accident; so whatever has caused your accident, and however you have been injured, get in touch with us if somebody else is to blame. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you have a viable claim and get the ball rolling on your claim – our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis.
Date Published: May 12, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton