Los Angeles Ladder Injury Attorney
The number of yearly ladder injuries is climbing at a very high rate. Currently, over 100,000 people are admitted to emergency rooms every year due to ladder injuries. While fractures are the most common injury, severe internal injuries, brain damage, and spinal cord injuries are not uncommon. The most common cause of a ladder injury is when the user falls or is thrown from the ladder. This can happen for a variety of reasons. Another common cause of injury involves electrocution, which normally occurs when aluminum ladders come into contact with transmission lines.
Although ladders are often given very rugged names like Hercules, Little Giant, Gorilla, etc., in reality, they are often made in China with varying degrees of manufacturing quality and inspection integrity. It is also not uncommon for the ladder you buy at the local Home Depot to have been made in China, imported to Minnesota, and then trucked to Los Angeles. In that process, damage can occur to the ladder which in turn weakens its structure and puts the user at greater risk of injury.
Obviously, just because a person falls off of a ladder does not mean the ladder is faulty. Unfortunately many people use ladders improperly. However, just as often, an injury is caused due to a product defect, a malfunction or a failure of a component of the ladder. Because the forces applied to a ladder’s structure, when properly used, are very complex, a weakness in any part of the ladder can cause the ladder to fail. The failure of a ladder often results in severe injury to the user. If you’re involved in a ladder accident, you must first obtain whatever medical care is necessary. If possible, it is important that you preserve the ladder in its post accident condition. Gather up any parts, such as screws or rivets, that fell off of the ladder and preserve them. Make an effort to take, or have someone take, pictures of the scene of the accident. When you are able, contact a Los angeles ladder injury lawyer to determine the cause of the fall. If the ladder was faulty (defective), both the manufacturer and the seller of the ladder may be held responsible for your injuries.
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We have successfully handled many ladder cases and our Los Angeles defective ladder attorneys will personally answer any questions you may have about your Ladder injuries. Contact our firm for a free consultation.
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