How to Avoid a Ladder Accident

Many people hold the superstitious belief that walking under a ladder brings bad luck. However, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), climbing a ladder is the real danger. The CPSC reports that approximately 240,000 Americans suffered from a ladder-related injury in 2011.

Some basic ladder safety precautions can help prevent an accident. Firstly, inspect the ladder before climbing. Make sure the bolts are tight and there are no cracks in the steps. If the ladder is attached to an attic, it may be especially vulnerable to decay. For the standard stepladder, make sure to firmly place it on stable ground. You may want someone to help you hold it steady. Lastly, do not carry heavy items while climbing a ladder. This may cause you to lose your balance and fall.

Serious ladder accidents often occur on the job. In such cases, you may be eligible for workers compensation. But if your accident occurred because of a another party’s negligence or a third party, as on a construction site, you may be able to file suit for a third-party injury claim.

The accident may also be the result of a third party’s recklessness, negligence or wrongdoing. A lawsuit can compel the wrongful party to compensate you for your damages. This may include lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Regardless of where or how your accident occurred, you need to contact a Florida personal injury attorney. You may have a viable lawsuit against a number of responsible parties. Contact the Law Office of Paul B. Genet, P.A. today.

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