Injured worker receives $2 million settlement

Ladders are dangerous items.

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An employee was working for a security systems company at the IKEA store in Atlantic Station. He fell from the ladder he was standing on while installing the security system. As a result he shattered his knee. The injury to his knee was so extensive that doctors stated that multiple surgeries would be needed, including knee replacement surgery.

The employee was using a ladder rather than an elevated platform upon the instructions of a separate construction company. In fact, the reason the employer gave as to why he could not use a platform was because a previous employee damaged a ceiling once before when using an elevated platform.

Upon hearing both sides of the case, a jury returned a verdict of $2 million in favor of the injured worker.

Strictly speaking, this was not a workers’ compensation case because the injured worker was not a subcontractor for the construction company. He was employed by a separate company but followed the direction of the construction company which provided the ladder he was using at the time of his injury. Regardless of that, the injured worker deserved to be compensated for his injury.

According to 2011 data from OSHA, ladders were #8 of the Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards Violated in FY2011.

If you or someone you know has been injured due to a fall from a ladder, call Nate Hansford at 770-922-3660 for a free consultation about a possible worker’s compensation case.

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