Struck-by objects is the second-leading cause of construction worker death in the United States, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In 2016, 93 construction workers lost their lives from falling objects striking them. A dropped tool or piece of building material from any height could strike a worker’s head down below, causing severe or fatal head and brain injuries. If this sounds like what happened to you or a loved one recently, contact Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. for a free case evaluation in NYC.
Navigating construction site accident claims can be difficult as an injured victim. While you try to recover from your personal injuries, you must also worry about protecting your rights and negotiating a fair settlement. Hiring an attorney lets you focus solely on getting better. Your attorney can handle complicated legal matters while you are in the hospital or in recovery. You can have peace of mind that someone is advocating for your rights and fighting for maximum compensation while you worry about your medical care.
Falling bricks, debris, and rubble are a common source of construction site liability. It is often indicative of fault because construction workers have tools and techniques they can use to prevent dropped objects. Securely fastening building materials to scaffolds, for example, or following strict protocols when demolishing a structure. It is when coworkers and site managers become lax in their work that deadly incidents arise.
Traumatic brain injury is the most serious concern from falling objects and struck-by hazards. Even with a helmet on, falling debris or bricks can be fatal if it strikes a worker’s head. If a worker survives a traumatic brain injury, he or she may have long-lasting physical and cognitive effects and disabilities. Other serious injuries that may occur include skull fractures, broken bones, lacerations, and crush-related injuries.
It is the duty of everyone on a worksite to reasonably prevent falling objects. Construction companies must train their employees to follow certain federal safety standards during a project and while working from heights, roofs, or scaffolds. These include safe practices for securing building materials. Workers must take due care in securing materials and properly operating equipment to prevent falling objects. Product manufacturers must ensure they design and produce safe and effective equipment for the construction industry. Such lapses anywhere along the chain of command could result in a dangerous struck-by incident.
The liable party for injuries by falling objects will be the person or company most responsible for causing the victim’s injuries. This could be an employer, site manager, property owner, product manufacturer, or third party. It could also be a combination of more than one party. If you file an injury claim, your attorney must prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, breached this duty, and caused the struck-by accident. Your lawyer will need to identify the source of injury, gather evidence, and present your case to a judge or jury.
Achieving a successful personal injury claim or workers’ compensation claim for injuries by falling objects at a worksite often takes help from an attorney. The lawyers at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C., have the experience, resources, and skill to get the most for your case. If you suffered serious injuries at a worksite because of a falling object, discuss your case with an attorney for free today. Contact us online or call (212) 732-9000 anytime.