Rochester, NY Ladder and Scaffold Accident Lawyer

Falls from ladders, scaffolding and other heights are among the most common of many risks faced by construction workers. Even longstanding, highly safety-conscious workers fall and suffer serious or catastrophic injuries due to a variety of causes ranging from faulty equipment to errors in judgment by others on the site.

New York State law contains very strong protections for construction workers, with specific statutes addressing mandatory safety requirements for work performed at elevation (i.e. on ladders or scaffolds).

Getting Compensation for a Ladder or Scaffold Fall in New York

It is very important for injured fall victims and their families to recognize that many situations allow recovery of damages beyond the benefits provided by workers’ compensation insurance alone. In addition to Workers’ Compensation benefits, you may ALSO pursue a “third-party” personal injury claim against an entity other than your employer to obtain maximum compensation. These “third-party” claims are not against your employer, but against another entity such as the general contractor, the owner of the building/property or another party that may have been responsible for the accident.

At Kammholz Law, we have experience handling construction ladder/scaffold fall accidents. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury because of a ladder or scaffold fall, you can be confident that we know the steps to take to get you compensation and are knowledgeable, experienced, compassionate and dedicated to help people just like you.

Was the Building Owner, General Contractor or Other Party Negligent?

At Kammholz Law, we are prepared to thoroughly investigate what happened and take decisive action on your behalf after suffering accidents, such as:

  • A fall from a defective ladder or scaffold
  • A fall from a ladder or scaffold not suitable for the specific job
  • A fall caused by improper placement of a ladder or scaffold on an uneven surface, on top of debris or without proper stabilization
  • A ladder or scaffold collapse due to improper assembly, structural defects or overloading, among other potential causes
  • A fall from a ladder or scaffold due to the lack of guardrails or failures in other safety precautions
  • Any injury-causing or fatal construction accident caused by use of the wrong elevation structure or device for the job — such as the use of a ladder where scaffolding is required

Statute of Limitations on a Ladder or Scaffold Accident Claim

It is in your best interest to immediately start the investigation into whether you have a valid personal injury claim after an accident.

In addition, there are time limits called “statutes of limitations” on how long you have to file a personal injury lawsuit in New York. You must bring a formal lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires or you will be forever barred from doing so.

The statute of limitations for your claim depends on who the negligent party is. The statute of limitations can be as short as one (1) year from the date of the accident or as long as three (3) years from the date of accident. You may also be required to file a “Notice of Claim” with the municipality within ninety (90) days of the incident.

Contact Kammholz Law to determine whether you have a claim and the applicable statute of limitations. We are here to help!

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Paying For Your Personal Injury Case

We Get Paid Only When You Get Paid

There’s no cost to find out whether you have a case. There is also no upfront costs to pursue a case, should you have one. If there is a successful outcome, we receive our costs and a percentage of what you receive called a contingency fee. In New York, the contingency fee for negligence cases, such as a construction accident, is one-third (33.3%) of the total damages paid. Percentage is calculated on the net amount after expenses and disbursements are deducted.

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