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Injured in a ladder fall? You may be entitled to benefits

Falls are one of the most prevalent causes of workplace injuries in North Carolina and the rest of the United States. Countless workers in the construction industry and other jobs requiring workers to climb high off of the ground suffer serious or fatal injuries in fall accidents each year.  

Typically, when we think of serious fall accidents, we think of workers who tumbled from roofs or high scaffolding. However, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls from ladders are more dangerous than one might think. 

The report from the CDC analyzed data from 2011 and determined that about 20 percent of all work-related fall injuries that occurred in the U.S. involved ladders. What’s more is that ladder falls on the job resulted in 113 fatalities and countless injuries in 2011 alone.

The report indicated that about 15,500 work-related fall injuries from ladders required the worker to miss at least one day of work and 34,000 required treatment at an emergency room.

As any worker knows, missing work often means going without pay, and emergency room visits are extremely costly. A serious injury that requires missing weeks or months of work and surgery can be financially devastating to a family.

The good news is that workers who are injured on the job are often able to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits to help cover the medical expenses, lost wages and other costs associated with the injury.

However, insurers often attempt to make it difficult for workers to qualify for benefits. That’s why many injured workers depend on experienced personal injury lawyers to get them the benefits they are entitled to.

Source: HealthDay, “Workplace Ladder Falls a Major Cause of Deaths, Injuries: CDC,” April 24, 2014

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