$300,000 settlement for injured contractor who fell from a ladder
Janesville injury lawyer secures compensation for ladder fall victim
Client was performing “handyman” services inside of a large garage.
Upon arriving home, the homeowner opened the garage door, knocking the client off a twelve-foot ladder, resulting in head injuries and shoulder injuries. The matter resolved for $300,000 out of court, without the need for a lawsuit.
Navigating the finer points of Wisconsin law is a rat's nest for people who aren't buried in the details every day. Here's what you really need to know about filing a lawsuit for a slip and fall in Wisconsin:
- Does your case warrant filing a lawsuit?
- How much you can get in a slip and fall settlement
- The most common injuries from slip and fall accidents
- How to file a slip and fall lawsuit in Wisconsin
- Statute of limitations on filing slip and fall lawsuits in Wisconsin
- You can file yourself - but you should talk to a lawyer first
As with any personal injury claim, establishing negligence is a crucial aspect of a ladder injury lawsuit. To recover damages, the injured victim must prove a duty of care was breached, directly leading to the injuries.
Negligence in a ladder accident lawsuit can come from:
- Negligent handling of a ladder by someone else
- Defective ladder
- Ladder in unsafe condition
Generally, property owners have a duty of care to keep their property, including ladders, in safe condition, repair dangerous conditions, or warn others about hazards.
Faulty design or poor construction in a ladder may be a cause of action for a defective product claim.
Common injuries from falling off a ladder
It isn’t necessarily the height of the fall that leads to serious injury. A head or spine injury can be caused by twisting or hitting the ground, even from a lower height.
Ladder injuries commonly present as:
- Broken foot, leg, hip or pelvis
- Head injuries, including concussion and other traumatic brain injuries
- Back and neck injuries, including paralysis
- Cuts, abrasions or facial trauma
A fall from a ladder can be caused by any number of events. Common causes of ladder injuries are:
- Ladder defect leads to collapse
- Slippery, broken or otherwise unsafe rungs
- Unsecured ladder
- Ladder placed on uneven surface
- Metal ladder contacting electrical wires
If you’re unsure whether negligence can be proven as the cause of your injuries, contact our law firm for a free case review.
Having neck or back pain following an accident?
Don't ignore it. Your symptoms are in line with whiplash, and you're entitled to compensation for your pain. Yes - whiplash can be caused by a fall, not just car accidents.
Back and neck pain (whiplash) after an accident can be expensive to treat, and medical bills pile up fast. Take action today, and get the fair whiplash settlement you need to keep your life and wallet intact.
Ladder fall lawsuits
Many ladder injury claims are settled without the need for a lawsuit. This is because insurers are reluctant to let a jury decide how much money the injuries are worth.
The value of a ladder injury claim mainly rests on the quality of your legal representation. Steve Caya has experience working in the insurance industry as well as personal experience as the victim of a motorcycle accident. He’ll investigate all sources of liability and build a case prepared to win at trial, should it come to that.