A common workplace accident involves falling from ladders. In many cases, the ladder receives an impact from a machine or vehicle while a worker is already standing on it, leading to a fall and serious injuries or even death. If you suffered injuries due to receiving a hit from a vehicle or machine while on a ladder at work, consider how a Los Angeles ladder hit by other machine or vehicle lawyer can help you file a claim to receive compensation for your injuries. Speak to a team member at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 529-9122 for a free case evaluation.
Causes of Ladder Accidents
There are many causes of ladder accidents, and all can result in serious injuries for the worker that falls from the ladder. Some of the causes of ladder accidents include the following:
Ladders without Adequate Support
If a ladder does not have adequate support or is not placed correctly against a supporting structure, then accidents may easily occur. If a ladder fails to have adequate support, then if it is hit by another machine or vehicle it will have a greater chance of injuring the person standing on it.
Incorrect Use of Ladders
There are different types of ladders, each with their own specific attributes and design features. If a worker fails to use the correct ladder for a project or fails to use a ladder of adequate length, then a worker may suffer injuries from a fall.
Placement of Ladder in Dangerous Position
All ladders must have the appropriate placement in a safe area for a worker to ensure that they do not block the path of any other worker, machine, or vehicle. In some cases, if a worker places a ladder in an inappropriate or dangerous position, they may receive an impact from another machine or vehicle. Any impact from a vehicle or a machine while a worker is on a ladder can result in a fall and catastrophic or severe injuries.
Negligence of Others
In some cases, other workers or persons near the ladder will operate machinery, equipment or vehicles and simply not notice the person on the ladder, leading to a collision. If this occurs, the person that caused the accident will remain responsible and liable for any injuries that result. This can occur on highways in construction zones where a worker is on a ladder and a motorist causes an accident leading to the worker suffering injuries as a result of a fall from a ladder. In other cases, a worker may have a project involving a business or homeowner. In these cases, if a business owner (or worker for the business) or a homeowner hits the worker’s ladder while they are on it by a machine or vehicle, they will remain liable and responsible for the worker’s injuries and losses.
Every personal injury claim will always have a different set of facts and circumstances which then lead to different compensation amounts. A final settlement value will always occur following the complete review of all medical documentation and evidence. Some of the factors that may impact and affect personal injury settlement amounts include the following:
- How severe was the ladder accident fall?
- What type of injuries occurred?
- Are the injuries life-threatening?
- Will the worker have residual pain and suffering, or need additional or ongoing medical treatments related to the accident?
- Has the worker made a full recovery from the injury? Will the worker eventually make a full recovery from the injury?
- How much income did the worker lose as a result of their injury and their inability to return to their job?
- How much care did the worker need from family or friends following the accident? (i.e. transport, assistance with daily tasks, etc.).
- Did the worker have to hire assistance to help them perform daily tasks?
- Did the worker receive any pension losses as a result of the accident?
- What activities is the worker now unable to perform as a result of the injury? (i.e. unable to pick up grandchildren, garden, or engage in certain physical activities).
- What were the total costs of doctor’s visits, diagnostic testing, hospitalizations, surgeries, ongoing medical treatments, physical therapy, mental health therapy, or other bills related to the accident?
While these questions are also not exhaustive, they can help a worker understand how severe their claim is, and therefore understand how compensation for personal injury claims are typically calculated. If you suffered injuries as the result of someone else’s negligence leading to a fall or injury on a ladder while at work, consider reaching out to a Los Angeles ladder hit by other machine or vehicle lawyer who can help determine if you have a claim.
For a free legal consultation with a Ladder Hit by Other Machine or Vehicle Lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 529-9122
Consider How a Los Angeles Ladder Hit by Other Machine or Vehicle Lawyer Can Help You
The state of California has complicated and legally complex personal injury laws. If you make the decision to pursue a personal injury claim without assistance, you will need to ensure that you are able to negotiate with insurance companies, who often tend to have adversarial and manipulative tactics in order to offer low settlement amounts.
If you suffered injuries falling from a ladder due to someone else’s negligence while at work, learn how a Los Angeles ladder hit by other machine or vehicle lawyer can help you pursue a personal injury claim, negotiate on your behalf with insurance companies, and help you receive a possible settlement to compensate you for your injuries and losses. Speak to a member of our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm by calling (800) 529-9122 today. The call is free and there is no risk or obligation.