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Falls from Heights

Suing for Injuries Suffered in a Fall

Falling from a rooftop. Falling when a weak building structure collapses. Slipping or tripping and falling. Falling from a ladder or fire escape. All of these are threats that a firefighter faces when performing his or her duties, and any one of them can cause life-changing catastrophic injury or death. If you have been hurt or have lost a loved one in a fall from heights while fighting a fire in New York, contact us at The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping injured firefighters and their families recover financial compensation for accidents that should have been prevented, and with more than half a century of combined experience, we know how to get the results you need.

If your falling accident was caused by another party’s negligence, you may have grounds to sue for the injuries and economic losses that you have suffered as a result. In cases where a fellow crew member or a superior is at fault for the accident, it is necessary to prove that the negligent act constituted a violation of a rule, order, ordinance, or statute that applied to the situation. When filing a claim against someone other than the Department or another firefighter, you and your attorney are required to prove that the person was either negligent in failing to take reasonable precaution to prevent the fall, or caused it through willful conduct. You could have a claim against a crew member who violated a safety regulation, against a property owner who failed to repair hazardous conditions in a building, or against the manufacturer of a defective ladder, rope, safety harness, or other faulty equipment. Whether you have suffered a spinal cord injury or have lost a loved one and want to sue for wrongful death, we are ready to begin investigating your claim to find evidence to support the case.

How common are fall accidents?

Given that firefighters routinely have to perform their services at considerable heights, falls are a type of accident that typically occur in the line of duty. Falls accounted for one out of every ten firefighter injuries reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System between 2006 and 2008, according to a report published by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). A separate report from the USFA states that there were six fatal falling accidents among firefighters nationwide in 2011. Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association list falls as being among the most common types of firefighter injuries in 2010, accounting for 22.5% of all reported accidents.

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