Ladder falls are a very common way that individuals can suffer very serious injuries. However, in many cases where private citizens slip and fall on ladders, determining who may hold legal liability (and more specifically what party may actually be able to pay for damages) can be very difficult. Often, a ladder fall may not qualify as a premises liability suit, and if it does, the suit may be against the estate of an individual, rather than against the individual’s insurer. Of course, each case is different, and it is always wise to consult with an experienced attorney who understands the specific laws of Louisiana before moving forward.
Even if your ladder fall does not qualify as a strong premises liability suit, it is possible that it could qualify as a products liability suit against the manufacturer, distributor or retailer of the ladder. In broad strokes, these kinds of suits rely on some defect in the design or manufacture of the ladder, or insufficient warnings on the ladder itself. You may even be able to challenge whether the ladder manufacturer fully fulfilled its product warranty.