If you were hurt in a fall from a ladder while on the job, you might be able to receive better compensation than what work comp offers. Find out by speaking with a Spokane ladder accident lawyer.

Suffering injuries from falling off a ladder can be a traumatizing experience. Falls can cause horrific injuries, leading to costly medical bills and time off from work. Your financial wellbeing can go into a downward spiral into debt because of the accident.

Most accidents on construction sites are caused by the careless acts of another. To help cover your financial burden and recover damages for any physical or emotional pain and suffering, a Spokane ladder accident lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates will help you understand the legal process to recover the monetary compensation you are entitled to.


Reasons Ladders Can Be Dangerous

Ladders and scaffolding are found on every construction site across Washington, and serious injuries and death are not uncommon when they’re involved in accidents. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the number one cause of unintentional injury and death in the United States, and falls from ladders account for 43 percent of fatalities.

Common reasons accidents happen on construction sites are due to lack of safety precautions required to keep employees out of danger. When safeguards are ignored and when equipment is poorly maintained, serious injuries can result.

We can pursue compensation if your ladder accident injuries were the result of these safety failures:

  • Failure to provide safety equipment and harnesses
  • Failure to properly maintain ladders and scaffolding
  • Failure to repair broken ladders
  • Failure to secure ladders and scaffolding
  • Removal of handrails or other safety features


Suing Liable Third Parties

To ensure you can pursue compensation outside of workers compensation, we will determine who caused your accident and what the value of your injuries are. If you have workers comp, you cannot file a personal injury claim against your company unless your employer intentionally or egregiously set out to harm you.

You can file a civil tort claim for a financial settlement under the following circumstances:

  • Third Party Contractor or Property Owner – If a third party is at fault, you can seek compensation for damages.
  • Defective Equipment – If malfunctioning or defective equipment caused your injuries, you can file a product liability claim against the product manufacturer or distributor.
  • Poor Equipment Maintenance – If a maintenance company fails to properly maintain equipment, they could be at fault.
  • Employer – You have the option of a personal injury claim when malice or egregious negligence was involved.
  • No Workers Comp Insurance – You can pursue compensation in civil court against your employer.


Pursuing Damages for a Ladder Fall

Determining your losses depends on the extent of your injuries. Workers comp does not cover non-economic damages and many financial losses, making a personal injury claim your only option for full compensation. If a third party was negligent, you can pursue damages for pain, suffering, and emotional anguish, in addition to money for out-of-pocket expenses related to your injuries.

We will aggressively work to recover the following damages when negligence is involved in a ladder accident:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages and future income
  • Rehabilitation services and physical therapy
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life


Contact a Spokane Construction Accident Ladder Injury Lawyer

To speak to an experienced Spokane ladder accident lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates, please call 1-800-404-9000 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation or contact us online through the form below.