Posted On: July 24, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Worker Undergoes Tracheotomy After Falling From Ladder

An Illinois worker sustained serious injuries when he fell while climbing down a ladder. Richard L. Godwin fractured several ribs and vertebrae, as well as sustained a serious head injury during the Illinois work accident, which occurred on April 24. He had to undergo a tracheotomy and use a feeding tube following the work accident. Godwin was working for Survant Air Systems on a job in Fairview Heights when he got hurt.

While Illinois workers’ compensation law allows an injured worker to obtain work injury benefits for any injuries sustained on the job, state law also allows an injured employee to sue third parties for personal injury.

On July 21, Godwin and his wife Dianna filed their Illinois personal injury lawsuit against Old Style Roofing Company. They are accusing the company of failing to secure the ladder to the roof and neglecting to warn Godwin that the ladder was not secured properly.

They are seeking an over $100,000 personal injury judgment. The couple contends that Godwin suffered disability, pain, mental anguish and distress, and loss of enjoyment of life as a result of the work accident. He also can no longer attend to his regular responsibilities and has medical bills that must be paid because of the work accident.

Common Kinds of Injuries Caused by Ladder Falls:

Spinal cord injuries
• Head injuries
Traumatic brain injuries
• Arm injuries
• Leg injuries
• Chest injuries
• Pelvis injuries

Falls from scaffolds and ladders account for a significant number of work injuries. It is important that a ladder is properly positioned, secured, and in proper working condition when used by a worker on the job. Regardless of why a ladder-related work accident occurs, Illinois workers are more than likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Roofing company blamed for worker's fall and tracheotomy, The Record, July 24, 2009

Related Web Resources:

Misuse of Portable Ladders, OSHA

Safe Ladder Management,

Contact our Chicago workers’ compensation law firm to discuss your case.

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