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Ladder Fall Injury? Know Your Legal Rights

Construction worker climbing a ladder with a possibility of falling in New YorkNew York’s Attorneys for Construction Workers and Ladder Injuries

Under New York’s labor law Section 240, the general contractor or landowner has a non-delegable duty to provide construction workers with adequate ladders and to ensure that they are secured and used safely. Yet every year, hundreds of workers are injured by collapsing, slippery and improperly secured ladders.

If you or a loved one was badly hurt on a construction project or other job site, the experienced personal injury attorneys of E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy act swiftly and aggressively to obtain your rightful damages.  Contact us immediately to preserve and assert your rights.

Section 240 of the Labor Law recognizes that construction work is hazardous and that working on ladders is especially perilous. It holds the property owner or contractor strictly liable for ladder accidents. Those employers, owners and their insurers will often try to deny liability or downplay compensation.

Our Albany, NY-based law firm has brought successful Section 240 ladder accident lawsuits on behalf of injured workers in the Greater Capital District, the Hudson Valley and throughout Central and Upstate New York. We can also professionally investigate to establish the safety lapse, equipment defect or other negligence leading to ladder collapse or falls:

  • Ladders that are not ANSI or OSHA compliant
  • Ladders not rated to bear the weight of the worker
  • Broken rungs or ratchet locks
  • Lack of hooks, lanyards or other securement
  • Failure to provide safety harnesses or protective gear
  • Slip-out, kick-out or tipping from steep angle or uneven footing
  • Failure to steady the ladder from below when warranted
  • Ladders slippery from rain, mud or worn treads
  • Workers hit by falling equipment

Virtually any ladder accident on a construction site is covered under Section 240, unless the worker is solely responsible through reckless disregard for his own safety (a standard rarely met).  We also regularly assist clients with their workers’ compensation claims and third-party lawsuits against ladder manufacturers or negligent subcontractors.

Handling these claims on your own could result in irreversible errors or a disrespectful, lowball settlement. We know how to maximize recovery for medical care, lost wages and future needs, as well as damages for pain and suffering or a permanent disability.

Ladder Fall and Roof Fall Injury Attorneys in Albany

We offer meetings at your convenience at any of our four law offices in Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Saratoga Springs, NY, or at a location closer to you.

Call our team today at (518) 274-5820 or contact us online to arrange a free, confidential consultation, including evening or weekend appointments. We are here to help you and your family get through this difficult time.