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Ladders are used in a wide range of circumstances. They’re found in the home, used in construction, window cleaning, decorating, warehouses, factories and even shops and offices. A fall from a ladder can seem like a simple accident but may have long-term consequences if severe injuries are caused as a result.

Ladder Injuries and Compensation

If you have suffered from a ladder injury and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. The law covers this under the Work at Height Regulations and means that your employer has a duty of care if you are being asked to undertake tasks that require the use of a ladder. There are other ways in which a third party might also be liable – if you’ve bought a ladder and it wasn’t fit for purpose, then the manufacturer may have to provide compensation if you were subsequently injured.

Types of Ladder Injury

One of the most common injuries we see is a fall from a ladder. This can cause bruising and even broken bones. In some cases, an accident can be life-changing, as is the case with spinal cord injuries. Most accidents occur because safety protocols are not adhered to. For example, a long ladder placed against the wall of a house is not secured properly or doesn’t have a level base.

Older ladders can also be in such disrepair that it is unsafe to climb up them. The weather may be too wet and cause the ladder rungs to be slippery. Another scenario could be that the individual has not been provided with the right training and that causes them to fall from the ladder. This is something we often see in areas such as construction.

Who is at Fault?

When making a claim, it’s important to determine who is at fault for the accident. If you’re employer, for example, made you climb up a ladder in a high wind, then they are likely to be culpable under the Work at Height Regulations because this practice is unsafe. If the ladder was faulty and that caused you to have an accident, the manufacturer may well be the party that has a claim brought against them.

In the construction industry, we often see the wrong ladder used for a job. This can mean the person climbing up it has to reach or overstretch which can put them more at risk of a fall and accident. Placement on the wet or slippery ground is another common problem with ladders.

When to See a Personal Injury Solicitor

If you believe that you have suffered a ladder injury that was the fault of a third party, then it’s important to discuss a potential claim with a personal injury solicitor who is experienced in this area. They will normally give you a free consultation in the first place to see if there is a basis for a claim.

Compensation can be awarded to cover a variety of things. For example, if you had to take time off work and lose money, it can recompense you. If the injury was very serious, it can be used to make adjustments to your daily living or aid your recovery.

Accinet offers a no win no fee service, this means we will take on your case without charging any upfront fees. If the ladder injury claim is successful, we take the fees out of the final compensation award. If it is not successful, you don’t pay anything.