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Falling objects pose a serious safety threat to workers every day. When a company’s employees are located on several different levels in a worksite, there is always a risk that an object could fall and injure someone.
These accidents can cause devastating injuries and even death, depending on the size of the object and the length of the fall. If you were hurt in a falling object accident, you should consider filing a workers’ compensation claim to help pay for your injuries.
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How Falling Object Accidents Happen
Construction work is the most dangerous major industry in the United States. Many construction workers, builders, manufacturing workers, and industrial workers are constantly at risk of being hurt in falling object accidents. When coworkers are building, painting, operating machinery, or moving loads, the workers below them trust that all safety measures have been taken to ensure that accidents do not happen. However, sometimes companies and coworkers do not follow the proper procedures and the worker at the lower level is severely injured in a falling object accident.
These construction incidents can happen with the operation of machinery, such as cranes or forklifts. If the operator is negligent while transporting a heavy object, they can severely injure their coworkers.
Pedestrian Falling Object Injuries
In other situations, a piece of building material, tool, or other item can be knocked loose from a wall edge, window, or piece of scaffolding and can fall and strike a coworker or civilian below.
These injuries are severe and traumatizing injuries that are easily preventable if the company and their employees follow procedure.
Types of Injuries That Can Result From A Falling Object
The real danger of a falling object accident is the fact that the item has a high probability of striking the victim in the head and neck. When an object with sufficient velocity and weight strikes a person in the head, they can suffer severe head injuries and neck injuries.
Victims of falling object accidents are at risk of concussions and traumatic brain injury, and they require immediate medical attention. If a head injury has occurred, doctors may need to relieve pressure in the brain to prevent brain damage.
When an individual is struck in a falling objects accident, they are also at risk of suffering serious neck and back injuries. When the head is compressed downward into the spine, or an object strikes the spinal column, there is a risk of disc rupture or fractured vertebrae.
These neck injuries can be extremely painful and can also lead to paralysis and death. If your loved one was killed by a falling object at a work site, your family may be able to file a wrongful death claim to compensate for your loss arising from falling objects accidents.
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Our Attorneys for Falling Object Accidents Claims Can Help
Victims of work accidents don’t have to fight the insurance companies alone. The personal injury lawyers at Duffy & Duffy understand the complex issues surrounding worksite liability cases, and the serious impact that head and neck injuries have on an individual’s health and well-being. If you were hurt in a falling object accident, please call one of our attorneys today to discuss filing a claim for compensation.