Falling from a ladder is a leading cause of injury and death in the construction field. These falls may occur due to human error (e.g., surpassing a ladder’s weight load or not securing the ladder) or ladder defects. Ladder accidents in New Jersey may easily lead to permanent injuries, such as fractures and broken bones, neck and back injuries, brain injuries or paralysis. A construction worker in another state was recently injured in a fall from a ladder.
Events leading up to the construction accident
The construction accident occurred after noon on a Monday. According to authorities, a male construction worker fell seven feet from a ladder and landed in a hole while a crew poured concrete for a school administration building’s entranceway. Officials said the man was operating a concrete pump at the time of the accident.
Paramedics stabilized the man following his fall and safely took him away from the construction site. They then transported him to the hospital for treatment. Firefighters stayed at the construction site to help clear wet cement from truck hoses to keep it from hardening and destroying the equipment.
How an attorney may help
New Jersey construction workers who are hurt on the job should contact a workers’ compensation attorney. An attorney can help ensure they recover all the benefits they are entitled to under the law. These benefits include medical treatment, lost wages during his or her recovery and a monetary award for the severity of the injury. If the worker’s employer denies his or her claim, the attorney may also help the client appeal the denial and plan a strategy for success.