Many workers must face serious or dangerous weather conditions as they perform their job. When workers remain exposed to extreme weather conditions, they often end up injured, especially if they have to work on a ladder. Those workers injured on the job due to bad or windy weather, have the legal right to file for workers’ compensation regarding those weather-related injuries. However, in some cases, their injuries result from the negligence of other third parties and not the employer. If you suffered injuries on the job due to weather conditions that caused you to fall off a ladder, consider how a Los Angeles bad or windy weather lawyer can help you file a claim to receive compensation for your injuries. Speak to a member of our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 529-9122 today.
Types of Dangerous Weather Conditions
There are many types of dangerous weather conditions that can place a worker in harm’s way during the course of their employment. Many workers must brave the elements on a daily basis, and in some cases, bad or windy weather results in serious injuries. Some of the types of dangerous weather conditions for workers on ladders include the following:
Any worker that must endure extreme heat as part of their job, may suffer injuries as a result of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Every person will have a different tolerance level to heat, however, all workers should remain attentive to ensure they do not lose fluids and become either overheated or dehydrated. Any worker performing any type of work on a ladder in the heat should take steps to ensure the prevention of any serious medical issues.
Just as important as ensuring that workers remain safe from high temperatures, workers must also protect themselves in extremely cold temperatures. Workers should always wear protective gear on any extremities, wear multiple layers and waterproof material and know the warning signs of hypothermia, trench foot, or frostbite. These medical conditions can result in catastrophic results if not treated quickly. Frostbite can easily result in the amputation of an extremity, trench foot may cause permanent nerve damage or result in an amputation, and hypothermia can result in death if not treated quickly enough.
If a worker suffers an injury related to exposure to the cold while working on a ladder the worker will have the legal right to pursue a personal injury claim against those entities for their injuries and losses.
High winds can easily destroy nearly everything in their path. For any worker who must perform their job outside in the elements, the risk of injury as a result of strong wind is a very serious danger and concern, especially when working on a ladder. Examples of workers who must perform their job in strong winds include emergency personnel, highway repair crews, construction workers, electricians, and many others in service-based Industries. While the wind itself can be the source of injury, workers may also suffer injuries as a result of flying debris, falling materials, vehicle rollovers, or slip and fall accidents causing them to fall off a ladder.
While wind is a natural occurrence, if a homeowner or property owner fails to secure dangerous or hazardous items on their property, and they cause a worker to fall from a ladder during bad or windy weather, the worker may have the legal right to pursue a claim against the homeowner or property owner for their negligence. Homeowners and property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that their property remains safe for any person coming on their property legally. If they fail to ensure the safety of their property (by securing items that may injure others such as workers during windy weather), they will remain liable and responsible for any injuries or losses suffered.
Types of Injuries Related to Bad or Windy Weather
Any worker that must perform their job outside in the elements, especially on a ladder, can suffer catastrophic injuries or even death. Some of the types of injuries that occur due to bad or windy weather include the following:
- Heatstroke or heat exhaustion
- Frostbite, hypothermia, or trench foot
- Broken or fractured bones from slip and falls, or from falling debris
- Spinal cord injuries, sometimes resulting in paralysis
- Nerve damage
- Back and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Bruises, cuts, or lacerations
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
If you suffered any of these types of injuries related to any kind of bad or windy weather while you were at work on a ladder, learn how the Los Angeles bad or windy weather lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you with your case.
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Types of Legal Actions
If you suffered injuries on a ladder related to bad or windy weather, your claim is not always considered a workers’ compensation claim. In fact, you may have the legal right to pursue two other types of lawsuits for your injuries and losses.
Personal Injury Claim
As previously mentioned, if you suffered injuries that were a direct result of a homeowner or property owner’s negligence, you have the legal right to pursue a claim against them personally, or against their homeowner’s or other property insurance. According to the California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1, the statute of limitations regarding personal injury claims due to someone else’s negligence is two years from the date of the accident.
Manufacturing Defect Claim
In some cases, the materials or equipment used by a worker were inherently defective or flawed, which led to the accident and injuries suffered by the worker. If you suffered injuries related to a manufacturing defect of a product, you possibly have the legal right to pursue a claim against the designer of the flawed product, the manufacturer, or even the distributor of the defective product.
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Consider How a Los Angeles Bad or Windy Weather Lawyer Can Help You
The state of California has complicated and ever-changing laws. If you suffered injuries related to the weather during the course of your employment on a ladder related to someone else’s negligence or a manufacturing defect, you have the right to pursue a claim to seek compensation for your injuries. Find out how a Los Angeles bad or windy weather lawyer can help you determine your legal rights and if you have a valid personal injury claim. Contact a member of our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 529-9122 today for a free consultation.