According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, about 165,000 Americans are treated for ladder-related injuries each year. It is not only trained and skilled construction workers, roofers and contractors who use ladders. Ladders are used for a variety of common household tasks. We all use them when we need to wash our windows, change light bulbs, paint rooms or houses, hang pictures and decorative items, and more. The fact of the matter is that we do use ladders to accomplish a somewhat dangerous task: getting high above the ground. However, there are many inconspicuous factors that can make ladders extremely unsafe. Ladders may not stand properly, bend, and crack. They might not have warnings or instructions about slippery or soft surfaces, proper angles, weight restrictions, and the like. Such things are not common sense to the majority who is not trained in ladder use, and when someone is injured as a result of an unsafe ladder, he or she might be entitled to compensation.What kinds of injuries do ladders cause?
Ladder-related injuries tend to be serious because of the height from which persons fall. Common ladder-related injuries include:
- head injury or brain damage
- broken or crushed bones
- full or partial paralysis and spinal cord injury
- permanent disfigurement or disability
If you are thinking about making a defective ladder claim, remember that products liability claims are complex and require first-rate legal representation. The manufacturers of these products tend to be powerful corporations who have almost unlimited resources and aggressive legal representation. If you are going to take them on, you need some of the very best lawyers around. You need to speak with the personal injury attorneys of Altman & Altman LLP. Our team is bright, bold and ready to take on anything. If you look at our track record, you can see why we are so confident in our abilities. Time after time, we are successful in getting our clients the compensation that justice requires. Call the outstanding personal injury attorneys of Altman & Altman LLP at 617.492.3000 or 800.481.6199 toll-free, or contact us online for a free consultation. We are available twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week to answer any questions that you might have for us. We look forward to hearing from you and getting to work.