Lawyers for Injuries Caused by Falling Objects on Construction Sites
Construction jobs are rated among the most hazardous occupations. The stats from various sources confirm that serious injuries and accidents in the construction sector are quite common and much higher than in other industries.
The hazards of a dynamic building project create dangerous scenarios where a falling object could result in a construction accident.
Falling construction material debris is the second most common reason for most construction site accidents with injuries on job sites. Falling building debris and other various falling objects dropping from a great height can cause catastrophic damage, severely injuring and killing construction workers.
Our law firm can help protect workers with injuries from falling objects in an attorney client relationship. If the injured workers have a serious injury or even minor injuries from the falling object, we may be able to file a workers compensation claim or case.
Talk with our construction accident attorneys about how the falling or flying objects injured you. We can review all options and avenues to legal recovery and compensation for falling object injuries.
Reasons Why Falling Debris Strikes Construction Employees
Building materials being dropped by large cranes used to lift heavy objects is another common reason for falling object incidents. The cranes used in construction sites are heavy and may often have to carry extremely heavy building materials.
These materials, including steel beams, bricks, and concrete blocks, can easily slip from the crane's grip and hit nearby workers.
Falling objects on construction sites can be due to several reasons. Some of the primary reasons include:
- Lifting loads that are too heavy
- Failure to properly secure a tool or a machine
- Failure to follow occupational safety standards
- Neglecting the use of safety devices and procedures that can stop building materials, tools, or objects from falling below
- Breakdown of structural collapse
- Ill-prepared or unsupervised demolition
- Faulty equipment
- No clear warning signs
- A worker or pedestrian being present in an unsafe area susceptible to falling materials
- Lack of proper training for workers
- Inadequate securing of a load on a crane
- Using a tool or piece of equipment incorrectly
- Malfunctioning equipment
Also, some of the objects provided by third parties for use on the construction site may be extremely heavy and quite big. These objects can fall from great heights and severely injure or kill those working below when improperly handled.
The wind is another common cause of falling object incidents and drop hazards. Construction sites are usually located near tall structures that may attract strong winds during harsh weather conditions. The winds blowing very hard can make objects fall from great heights, causing injuries or death to construction workers below.
A poorly secured object is another common cause of objects falling. Construction sites can have a lot of heavy things that are on the move most of the time.
These moving objects may include building materials, cranes, vehicles, toe boards, trucks, cement mixers, and more. Unsecured objects can easily drop from great heights and cause serious injuries or death to the construction worker in their path.
Hurt on the job site? Contact us for a free initial consultation from our law offices if you or a family member were harmed by dropped objects, dropped tools, large machinery, or a similar outcome.
Our team can investigate whether your employer followed the rules. For example, they may have been required to provide face shields, hard hats, and other things for overhead work. Note, this section and free consultation is attorney advertising and for general information purposes.
Types of Falling Object Injuries Commonly Caused by Falling Debris on Construction Sites
Falling debris or other objects can lead to many injuries and construction accidents per labor statistics, some of which can be life-altering or even fatal.
The type of injury that one sustains in a falling debris incident depends on several factors, such as the weight and size of an object, the height and speed at which it is falling, its dimensions, and which body part is struck.
Falling construction material injuring workers in construction site accidents could include:
- Broken bones, neck fractures, and spinal cord damage
- Head trauma and traumatic brain injuries
- Severe facial and head injuries
- Skull fractures
- Broken skull
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Permanent injuries
- Quadriplegia, tetraplegia, & paraplegia(paralysis)
This summary does not list every risk you may encounter at work or object that could fall on you especially if you are on catch platforms or other dangerous areas.
Who Is Liable for a Falling Objects Accidents on the Construction Site?
Several persons or parties, including the construction company and property owners, could be held liable for injuries caused by falling objects on the construction site.
If you have suffered severe injuries in a falling debris accident, then you are well within your rights to seek compensation for the damages suffered. Although, you will need to decide who is liable for the accident.
Several parties can be held liable for falling construction debris accidents depending on the unique facts of the accident. However, the property owners, construction company (per general duty clause), contractor, sub-contractor, or construction site workers are responsible for injuries caused by falling objects on construction sites.
Although, other parties such as city governments, governmental organizations (i.e. health administration), third parties, and equipment manufacturers could also be responsible for a construction accident by proving that injuries caused by falling objects occurred because of their negligence.
If you were hurt on the job site, then call us to discuss our prior results and how they may apply to your individual case. We have worked with many workers struck by a tools, an object, or other things.
The risk is always there on the jobsite and employers should compensate people injured by that risk.
How Can You Get Compensation for Injuries Suffered Due to Falling Debris
Were you injured while working in the construction industry? Construction workers can get compensation for their falling objects injuries from workers' compensation that compensates against injuries suffered at workplaces.
However, the injured employee must sign away their rights to obtain compensation through the workers' compensation program, forfeiting their right to file a lawsuit against their employer.
However, a separate (third-party) claim could be filed against the property owner, construction company, or any other at-fault party wholly or partially responsible for damages.
If you are a pedestrian or passerby who got hit by debris while walking on a street, then your options are quite limited. In all probability, you will either get compensation from the liable party's insurer or will have to file a lawsuit against the party liable for the damages.
Naming all potential defendants will help maximize compensation during the negotiation process or at trial to resolve the claim.
However, accidents with injuries caused by falling objects can be complicated, requiring an experienced lawyer who has experience in falling debris accidents and who will negotiate on your behalf with the insurer or the liable party.
Hire an Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys to Resolve Your Falling Debris Accident Case
Were you injured on a construction site by falling tools or debris? Did you lose a loved one by a preventable death caused by another's negligence?
The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC represent injured victims harmed in a construction accident.
Our personal injury lawyers provide legal representation to ensure that the victims or surviving family members receive maximum compensation for their damages.
Call us today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or use the contact form to schedule a free case evaluation.
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