Every day, construction workers face countless dangers on the job, including the risk of falling objects or debris. In fact, being struck by objects is considered one of the “fatal four” hazards in the construction industry due to the high risk of fatality.
Construction companies and employers have a responsibility to keep work zones safe and eliminate potential risks of falling objects. Unfortunately, failure to do so can lead to devastating accidents and injuries.
Injuries Caused by Falling Objects
Falling objects can lead to extensive injuries that may be long-term or lifelong. From great heights, even small objects, such as nails, rocks, or pieces of wood, can lead to severe injuries. The severity of the injury will ultimately depend on the weight of the object and the height that it fell from.
Common injuries that result from falling objects on construction sites include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Puncture wounds
- Crush injuries
Oftentimes, falling object accidents are the result of inadequately trained employees and employers who fail to inspect for potential hazards on a worksite.
Helping You Recover After A Falling Object Accident
If you were injured as a construction worker due to a falling object or falling debris, you may have legal options moving forward. In general, workers’ compensation benefits should cover construction workers who were hired as full-fledged employees.
If your company hired you as an independent contractor and negligence played a role in your accident, you may pursue compensation by filing a third-party injury claim. In either situation, don’t wait to act—time is of the essence when it comes to filing your claim. Justice Law Office is ready to hear your story and fight for your full recovery.
Contact our Louisville office at (502) 822-2230 to speak with our legal team for free today.