Some of the most common types of construction-related injuries involve accidents on faulty ladders or stairs. Such accidents may be responsible for more than 20,000 construction injuries each year.
If you or your spouse has been injured in an on-the-job stairway accident, you may be eligible to seek legal relief by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
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On-the-Job Stairway Accidents
Construction sites often involve dangerous stairways, ladders, and uncovered walkways. As a result, it's no surprise that stairway accidents are a common cause of worker’s compensation claims.
According to statistics compiled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), stairway accidents are a major cause of worker injuries:
- Each year, more than 7,000 injuries occur on stairways used in construction.
- Roughly 70 percent of these accidents caused serious impact-related injuries, while the remainder involved strains and sprains.
- At least 65 percent of these injuries require medical treatment.
- In addition, roughly 1,400 injuries occur on ladders each year.
In a report detailing these statistics, OSHA observed that construction workers using stairways are "exposed to a significant risk of harm."
With such vocal warnings from the agency that governs workplace safety, employees who suffer injuries at work in similar accidents may have strong arguments that their injuries could have been prevented.
Stairway Accident Lawsuits
In many on-the-job stairway accidents, workers are injured because their employers failed to properly ensure their safety.
If a stairway accident injury is caused by negligence on the part of an employer, the injured party may be able to seek a personal injury settlement.
If an injured worker wins his or her case, possible damages in a settlement might include compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages & future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Of course, if you have suffered an injury due to a stairway accident in another location, such as a public mall or a retail store, you may also be able to seek legal relief from the negligent party.
For more information on your unique claim and state's accident laws, contact a local injury attorney today.