Using a ladder on the job carries a significant risk of injury, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA’s safety standards for use of ladders in the workplace require that businesses keep ladders free of slipping hazards and keep them under maximum intended loads. Ladders must also be secured in areas where traffic or activities can cause accidental movement, and be periodically inspects for visible defects.
Should a defective ladder be the cause of an injury, pursuing legal action may require the expertise of a product liability attorney. In other instances, a workplace ladder injury case should be managed by an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., our workers’ compensation specialists can assist with filing for disability benefits and/or medical payments under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites the following as the most common causes of ladder accidents:
Florida workers’ compensation laws state that injured workers are generally entitled to one of two types of benefits:
1. The worker can seek the recovery of payments for medically necessary remedial treatments, prescribed medications, medical devices, and general care that are ordered by the workers’ compensation physician.
2. The worker can seek payment of money and indemnity benefits for reparation of a work-related disability.
These statements may seem simple, but the workers’ compensation claims process is not. For example, neither of the two types of benefits described above include compensation for pain and suffering, the loss of enjoyment of life, or other similar types of damages. In addition, the claims process is strictly regulated, with a number of deadlines and rules that few outside of the legal or insurance fields are aware of. To help ensure that you will secure the compensation you deserve, it’s essential to have experienced attorneys on your side.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a ladder accident while on the job, keep in mind that the clock is ticking on taking action:
Contact us today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation now: Call Harrell & Harrell, P.A., at 904-251-1111 or 800-251-1111 or complete the form above.
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