I Was Injured in a Fall from a Ladder at Work…What Do You Do Now?
Take the Right Steps to Protect Your Health and Your Legal Rights
If you’ve fallen from a ladder on a construction site, you’re not alone. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that ladder falls contribute to more than 20,000 injuries on job sites across the country every year, including about 150 deaths. OSHA says that ladder violations are routinely on its top ten list of citations. Unfortunately, on a ladder at a construction site, you’re often high above the ground. The injuries suffered in a fall can be serious and catastrophic. If you’ve been hurt in any type of a ladder fall on a work site, you want an experienced and results-oriented attorney to protect your rights.
At Bailey & Galyen, we bring more than 35 years of experience to people in Texas and throughout the United States who have suffered serious personal injury because of the wrongful, careless and negligent acts of others. We built our reputation and our practice on a commitment to provide aggressive, effective and compassionate legal counsel to every client. With our singular focus on meeting the needs of our clients, we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims of personal injury. We understand the anxiety and stress that come with personal injury, particularly when your future is uncertain. We’ll work hard to be available and accessible when you need to talk with us, and will keep you fully involved and informed throughout the legal process, making certain you always know where you stand and what your options and prospects for success are.
Protecting Your Rights after a Ladder Fall
Any time you’ve been hurt because of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, your first priority should be getting the medical treatment you need. If your injury is serious and prevents you from moving on your own, or if you are in significant pain, don’t try to be a hero. Be willing to have co-workers call an ambulance and bring in medical professionals. Defer to the judgment of emergency medical technicians. Go to the hospital, if necessary.
If you can move on your own, immediately notify your supervisor of the nature and circumstances of your injury. It’s in your best interests to immediately seek medical care, either by going to the hospital, an urgent care facility or your doctor.
When receiving medical care, make certain you tell doctors and nurses about all your injuries. Don’t focus on the obvious ones—a broken bone, for example—and neglect to mention the stiffness or soreness in your back. Often, the most debilitating injuries are the ones that take some time to fully appear. Make certain that medical professionals document everything in writing.
Once you’ve taken the right steps to get the medical care you need, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Your lawyer will work closely with you to ensure that all measures are taken to protect your legal rights:
- You properly notify your employer and any other entity, so that you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits
- You identify all potential witnesses and obtain statements regarding the circumstances of the accident
- You determine whether you have any potential third-party claims outside of the workers’ compensation system and file all documents in a timely manner
Contact the Proven Personal Injury Lawyers at Bailey & Galyen
Let us put our decades of experience to work for you. We offer a free initial consultation to all potential personal injury clients. For a private consultation, contact our offices by e-mail or call us at 844-402-4530 for an appointment. Evening and weekend interviews are available upon request and we can visit you at home or in the hospital, if necessary. Se habla Espanol
We handle all ladder fall claims on a contingency basis. We won’t bill any attorney fees unless we get financial compensation for your losses.