Roof and Ladder Fall Accidents
Roof and ladder fall accidents, especially in the workplace, are unfortunately common and often result in serious, potentially life-altering, injuries. Because of this, the federal government has developed a detailed set of regulations that apply when workers are expected to use ladders or work from heights. In many cases, the negligent provision of defective ladders or the negligent failure to strictly adhere to safety regulations may be the cause of a fall. In these cases, the negligent party may be held financially responsible for the expenses related to your injuries.
At Matzus Law LLC, our experienced Pittsburgh personal injury lawyers will help you evaluate and understand your legal right to recover compensation from a negligent person or entity that is responsible for causing your roof or ladder fall accident. Corporations and insurance companies will often attempt to minimize the amount of compensation to which you are entitled, and workers’ compensation claims can be complicated and are often wrongfully denied.
Our skilled lawyers are here to fight on your behalf to ensure that you obtain the most full and fair compensation award possible if you have sustained injuries in a roof or ladder fall accident in Pittsburgh or across Western Pennsylvania. We represent workers who have been injured on the job and even those who have fallen from a defective ladder on their own property. For a free initial consultation, call or contact our office today.
Throughout Western Pennsylvania, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules apply to protect workers from injury. For example, with respect to ladder safety, OSHA rules require:
Unfortunately, roof and ladder fall accidents frequently cause serious injury to the victim, such as:
Even if your injuries are expected to heal fully, you may be required to miss work for an extended period of time while you recover physically. Medical bills, physical therapy costs and, other expenses can quickly begin to mount while you are unable to earn income—and workers’ compensation is not always sufficient to cover all expenses. Many accident victims mistakenly believe that they are not entitled to pursue a lawsuit to recover compensation because they were injured in the workplace and are receiving workers’ compensation benefits. In reality, the workers’ compensation system only prevents you from suing your employer after you are injured in a roof or ladder fall accident.
Our experienced lawyers can investigate your claim to determine whether you may be entitled to compensation from a third party who is not your employer. Importantly, we will investigate to determine how your accident was caused so that we can identify all potentially responsible parties. Roof and ladder fall accidents are often caused by:
If you or a loved one have sustained injuries in a roof or ladder fall accident in Greensburg or elsewhere in Western Pennsylvania, our dedicated injury lawyers are here to advocate for your right to compensation. We know that you likely have questions about your legal rights and possible options for recovering compensation outside of the workers’ compensation system, so we provide you with a free initial consultation so that we can explain the legal process and possible avenues for recovering compensation. Call or fill out this online contact form today to schedule your free consultation.
Workers’ compensation, while extremely valuable, does not provide compensation for 100 percent of your lost wages or other expenses related to the accident. When a third party, non-employer’s negligence caused your accident, you should be entitled to recover compensation for every dollar related to your injury—in other words, you should not be required to suffer financially while you struggle to recover physically. Workers’ compensation also provides no compensation for the pain and suffering that your physical injuries have caused, while we can recover compensation for pain and suffering via the legal process.
Generally, you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit if you were injured in a roof or ladder fall accident in Pennsylvania. If the accident resulted in your loved one’s death, the wrongful death statute of limitations expires two years from the date of the victim’s death. Despite these relatively lengthy time periods, it’s always advisable to begin exploring your legal options as soon as possible, in order to make sure that evidence is preserved and your case is at its strongest.
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