A man sustained serious injuries on July 28th after falling two-stories from the West Meadow Hill condominium complex. According to officials, the man fell off a ladder at Perkins Court, which is part of the condo complex off Broadway (Route 97).
Capt. Stephen Doherty said that officers and firefighters responded to a 911 call for medical assistance at 9:42 a.m. The man had multiple traumatic injuries and was treated by responders at the scene before he was taken to Haverhill High School field. The man then had to be transferred by helicopter to a Boston-area hospital for further treatment. Firefighters had to set up a landing zone for the helicopter at the high school and assisted trinity EMS workers as they treated the injured man.
The injured man’s name and the full extent of his injuries have not been disclosed. Information regarding what he was doing on the ladder was not available or addressed by police or firefighters.
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According to statistics from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 500,000 people are treated for ladder-related injuries annually. 300 of those injuries end up being fatal. The CDC reports that 43% of fatal falls involve ladders. All this goes to show that ladders are dangerous, but often necessary tools.
When someone is injured in a ladder accident, there are many things to consider from a legal perspective:
- Was the person working at the time?
- Was the person on their own or someone else’s property?
- Who owned the ladder, and was it properly maintained?
- Was the ladder properly designed and manufactured?
The importance of having a qualified attorney who knows what questions to ask early in the investigation can’t be overstated. Not all ladder accidents are the result of operator error. Manufacturers, sellers, and owners of ladders are regularly held accountable when their negligence causes an injury to someone else.
These types of claims have been fundamental in bringing about changes to the ladder industry and workplace practices, which has resulted in safer, sturdier ladders being used than the products that were on the market in the past.
Holding manufacturers accountable for cheap products that place the general public in danger is an important part of the civil justice system, which why Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. proudly takes on product liability claims on behalf of clients throughout New Hampshire and Maine.