Ladder injuries can be devastating.  Ladder injuries are considered to be one of the most common injuries caused by defective ladders that should have had safety features. If you have been injured while using a ladder, you may have the right to file a lawsuit against a manufacturer for negligence. But, this type of negligence is different from car accident negligence. Product liability is a separate type of lawsuit that holds manufacturers and retailers responsible for defective products.

If you have been injured while using a ladder, or have lost a loved one because of a ladder defect, call our Bakersfield ladder attorneys immediately to see how you can get top-rated legal care. Our experienced attorneys will work to make sure that you get compensated for your ladder injuries. 

We always work to make sure that we are conveniently available for our clients. For example, we have offices located in Bakersfield and other major cities in California, and are available 24/7 via phone and email to answer any questions that you may have.

Unfortunately, many ladder accident injury victims do not even know that they have the right to file a lawsuit against a ladder manufacturer. The good news is that our attorneys will hold ladder manufacturers responsible in the event of a defect. But, in order to file a product liability lawsuit, you must show that the ladder had a defect at the time. This requires extensive investigation and help from a highly-rated Bakersfield lawyer. Give us a call today to discuss and set up a case evaluation.

Are ladder defects common in Bakersfield?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, ladder injuries are one of the most common types of injuries at construction sites. Ladders can be found in almost any type of construction site, especially in Bakersfield where there are currently several different construction projects going on. Construction sites use ladders to reach high areas, whether to install electrical wires to build walls or repair high ceilings.

Unfortunately, many employers may not train their construction site employees on how to properly use a ladder because they assume it is just common sense. But, if a ladder is not placed properly, it could cause traumatic brain injuries or even death. 

What causes ladder accidents in Bakersfield?

Ladder accidents could occur in several different ways, but the two most common causes are:

  • Negligence: This occurs when a party negligently sets up the ladder, or an employer or company fails to train their employees on how to properly use equipment.
  • Product defect: If the ladder had a defect and caused the accident, a product defect lawsuit could be filed against the product manufacturer of the ladder.

Where do ladder accidents occur in Bakersfield?

Although ladder accidents are the top accidents that occur at a construction site, only around 3% of ladder accidents occur at a construction site. Instead, ladder accidents occur mostly at home. This is because many people may not properly know how to set up and use a ladder safely. But, other times, a product defect may be found with the ladder.

What if I was also responsible for my ladder injuries?

If you believe that you were partially responsible for your ladder injuries, call our personal injury attorneys in Bakersfield today to discuss. Fortunately, Bakersfield follows comparative law rules, which still allow accident victims to recover compensation. The compensation is just decreased based on the percentage of liability. For example, if you incorrectly set up a defective ladder, you could be held partially responsible. But, the ladder was still defective at the end of the day, and you were going to get injured regardless.

What are common defects with ladders?

Lack Of Warnings

A lack of warning defect is one where a product should be equipped with proper warnings on use. For example, ladders could have a label that states what use the ladder may have, along with the weight limit.

Manufacturing Defect

A manufacturing defect is one that occurs at the time that the ladder is being manufactured. It is essentially a one-off product that was built incorrectly from the rest of the ladders on the assembly line. For example, a manufacturing defect could be weak rungs, and the ladder may collapse when the user is standing on top of it. 

Design Defect

A design defect occurs for all products of the same model and essentially establishes that the ladder was defectively designed. For example, if the extension does not have a lock that secures the ladder in place, then the ladder me have a design defect when the user is climbing the rungs of the ladder.

Am I able to recover damages from a ladder accident?

You could recover compensation from a product liability lawsuit in Bakersfield. The compensation you could recover depends on the circumstances of the accident, and the injuries that you have sustained. For example, you could recover:

  • Lost wages
  • Past lost earnings
  • Future lost earnings
  • Medical treatment
  • Medical expenses
  • Prescription medication
  • Permanent disability
  • Temporary disability
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Funeral costs
  • Burial costs 

When can I file my ladder injury lawsuit?

There is a statute of limitations on when you could file your ladder injury lawsuit. If you are holding another party responsible for their negligence in causing the ladder injuries, then you have two years from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit in Bakersfield court.

But, if you are filing a lawsuit against a government entity and holding them responsible for your ladder injuries, you must file your claim within six months. If you do not follow your claim within six months, you may not be able to file a claim against a government entity at all.

If you are filing a product liability lawsuit against a manufacturer retailer, then you have two years from the date of the injuries to show that the product had a defect, and that the defect caused your injuries. 

But, these times could change depending on the age of the accident victim and whether the accident victim is mentally or physically incapacitated. For more information, we recommend that you consult our top-rated Bakersfield attorneys. 

Have you suffered a ladder injury? Call us today. Our attorneys will have a free case evaluation with you to review the details of your case and determine if you have a valid ladder defect lawsuit. We work hard to hold those parties responsible for your financial compensation. But, it is not as easy as it sounds. A ladder defect takes months, even years of investigation and proving that the equipment had a defect. We have access to defect design experts who will assist us throughout the investigation process. 

Bakersfield Ladder Injury Attorneys

Make sure that you have top-rated legal care on your side to hold ladder manufacturers and retailers responsible for any defective products that they have sold to the public. Our top-rated attorneys could help you get monetary compensation for your injuries. Give us a call today to discuss how you could get top-rated legal care.