St. Louis Ladder Injury Lawyers
Fighting for the Maximum Benefits You Are Owed
Construction workers, warehouse workers, painters, roofers, and others who are required to use ladders in the course of their employment are at risk of becoming injured as a result of slipping and falling or being struck by falling ladders. Sadly, ladder accidents are fairly common—often with catastrophic or even fatal results.
If you were injured or if someone you love was killed in a work-related ladder accident, The Dixon Injury Firm can help you understand your legal rights, including your right to workers’ compensation. Our highly experienced legal team comprises skilled St. Louis ladder injury lawyers who have handled complex workers’ compensation claims involving all types of workplace ladder accidents. We can assist you in filing your initial workers’ compensation claim, appealing a denied claim, or working to recover benefits when the insurance company attempts to delay payment.
How Common Are Job-Related Ladder Accidents?
Ladder injuries account for more than 40 percent of fall-related fatalities in the workplace, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Due to the high risk of injury and death, it’s important for workers to follow all industry regulations, OSHA requirements, and other safety standards to avoid these types of accidents.
Workers’ compensation claims are designed to reimburse injured employees for lost wages and medical expenses. This includes victims of ladder accidents who have sustained serious, life-altering injuries as a result of falling from ladders, using defective ladders, or being hit by falling ladders.
Common Causes of Work-Related Ladder Accidents
As mentioned, a large portion of work-related falls involve ladders. This is due to a number of reasons, such as companies ignoring safety standards and/or providing faulty equipment.
Other common causes of work-related ladder accidents include:
- Incorrectly used ladders
- Poor training and/or supervision
- Violations of the standard three points of contact safety guidelines
- The ladder or its contact points are worn or damaged
- Unsafe ladder placement due to unlevel ground
- Insecure/defective scaffolding
- Slippery ladder rungs
- Defective ladders
These and other ladder-related work accidents can have serious consequences for workers, leading to neck, back, and head injuries. Workers may be paralyzed as a result of spinal cord injuries, or they may sustain severe traumatic brain injuries. In less-serious cases, workers can suffer fractures, bruises, cuts, scrapes, and abrasions. They may also suffer serious sprains and strains, as well as internal and soft tissue damage.
What to Do After a Work-Related Ladder Accident
The first and most important step to take following any on-the-job accident, including those involving ladders, is to seek prompt medical attention. It’s also important that you notify your employer right away. In Missouri, you only have 30 days in which to inform your employer that you were injured in a work-related accident. If you fail to provide written notice within 30 days, you may be barred from seeking workers’ compensation.
Next, contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer who can help you with your claim. Although you may be entitled to workers’ comp benefits, actually recovering those benefits can be difficult, particularly when you are focused on obtaining proper medical care and keeping up with day-to-day expenses while you are out of work.
At The Dixon Injury Firm, our St. Louis ladder injury lawyers can help with all of the legal aspects of your claim so that you can simply focus on healing.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation Regarding Your Case
We offer free initial consultations to all new and prospective clients, as well as contingency fees, meaning you do not owe any fees or expenses unless we win your case. At that point, attorneys’ fees are paid via a percentage of your total recovery. This means there are no out-of-pocket expenses for you when you work with our firm.
The Dixon Injury Firm is ready to assist you with your ladder injury workers’ compensation case. We have successfully secured more than $50 million on behalf of injured individuals and their families throughout Missouri.
Get in touch with us today to learn more during a no-cost consultation: (314) 208-2808.