When Ladder Accident Injuries May Actually be Your Fault
Ladder accidents can lead to severe injuries and time away from work. If you have been injured while using a ladder, you may be wondering if you can sue the ladder manufacturer or property owners for the damages sustained. However, not all ladder accidents qualify for legal compensation primarily because some are due to user error.
Below is a list of ladder accidents that may not lead to a valid lawsuit. The only way to be sure of your eligibility is by taking your case to a California personal injury lawyer. He or she can provide experience, education, and knowledge to your specific situation.
Choosing the Wrong Ladder for the Intended Job
Any job requiring a ladder must consider weight capacity first. One of the design features of a ladder is to support only a certain amount of weight. Exceeding that limit may cause the ladder to malfunction.
Height is the next consideration in appropriate ladder selection. It is unsurprising that many ladder accidents are caused by the use of ladders that are too short of the task at hand. Under no circumstances should you attempt to extend the ladder’s height by using non-manufacturer-approved extension devices or platforms.
Using a Broken Ladder
Broken ladders are another common source of ladder accident injuries. Like all physical objects, ladders only have so much ‘life’ in them before they wear out or break. Ladders that regularly bear heavy weight may wear out more quickly than those that are used sparingly.
Not Using the Ladder Properly
People make mistakes; it is human nature. That is why it is critical to review the manufacturer’s instructions prior to using a ladder with which you are unfamiliar. Doing so can ensure that you are using the ladder properly and in the safest manner possible.
Here are a few other safety tips to keep in mind when using a ladder:
- Never alter or rig the ladder to extend it or operate in a manner non-compliant with specifications.
- Always keep a combination of at least three hands and feet in contact with the ladder while in use.
- Avoid reaching too far in any one direction to prevent falling or tipping.
Not Placing Ladder on Solid Ground
Placing a ladder on solid ground is crucial to the safety and security of the person climbing it. Make sure that the ladder is on firm, level flooring before ascending. It is a good idea to not place the ladder in front of an unguarded, heavily used door.
Get the help of a spotter to add extra stability. Your spotter can hold the ladder steady at the base using his or her strength and weight to provide further support. This tip is particularly useful when climbing taller ladders.
If Your Ladder Accident Injuries Were Not Your Fault
The preceding accidents most likely do not qualify for compensation since they lack negligence on behalf of the manufacturer. Consumers have a responsibility to act with common sense and due diligence when using a product. However, if you were not responsible for your accident, consider speaking with an attorney to discuss your potential case for compensation.
Consider Working with Deldar Legal
At Deldar Legal, our San Jose ladder injury lawyers work tirelessly to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome regarding your case. You can schedule a no-obligation consultation in one of our offices conveniently located throughout California by phone at (844) 335-3271 or by sending us a note about your situation through our request form.
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