Construction workers often use ladders so that they can conduct their job. Ladders can be used safely, but care must be taken to ensure that they are well-maintained, placed at the correct angle and are not subjected to weights beyond their loading limit. Different types of ladders have different capacities; therefore, workers who use different types of ladders each day should be aware of how to use each one.
If you have been injured due to suffering a fall at work, you will likely be entitled to workers’ compensation. The amount of workers’ compensation you will be able to claim will depend on the medical bills that were associated with the incident and the amount of time you spent away from work during recovery. You may be able to gain additional benefits if you have become disabled as a result of the injury. The following are some complications that can arise after a ladder fall.
Fractures after a ladder fall
In one study, 36% of patients who suffered injuries due to ladder falls suffered a bone fracture. This fracture meant that their recovery time was heightened. In addition, it meant that the patient was more likely to suffer another injury in the future because the injured bone would be more vulnerable in the event of further trauma.
Head injuries after a ladder fall
A small number of patients suffered head injuries due to a ladder fall. Head injuries can be extremely serious and can lead to long-term brain damage or even death.
You must factor in all medical bills, including additional related expenses such as travel costs, when you take action to file for workers’ compensation.