Construction sites are notoriously dangerous places – even when OSHA rules and regulations are followed meticulously. In particular, falling objects have been known to cause serious injuries and even fatalities – especially when dropped from extraordinary heights. Construction companies have a duty to maintain safe construction sites in order to prevent employees and even pedestrians from being injured by falling objects. Failure to do so could make them liable for your injuries.
Construction companies can follow specific safety procedures and policies to minimize the injuries sustained from falling objects. If the construction site is in a highly trafficked area, barricades and scaffolding should be placed to prevent injuries to pedestrians below. Workers can protect themselves and their coworkers by securing their tools to their tool belts at all times. The construction site should be kept free from debris and clean so that equipment or materials do not fall and injure construction workers on-site. In addition, all fasteners used to secure objects to cranes should also be inspected for failure on a daily basis.
Injuries Sustained from Falling Objects
A falling object can cause extensive damage and injury – even if it is not a large or particularly dangerous object. Even a piece of wood falling from a few stories high can cause serious brain damage and injury. The extent of the injuries will depend largely on how heavy the object is and what height the object was dropped from. In addition, if the object has sharp edges, it could result in a serious puncture wound. Injuries from construction site accidents caused by falling objects include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Puncture wounds
- Impaled object
- Organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- And more
When a Falling Object Injures you on the Job
If a falling object on the job injures you, you may have a right to worker’s compensation. If your injury was caused by a sub-contractor or another company on the construction site, however, you may have cause to file a personal injury claim. It is important to know that you have legal options. Never sign a document admitting fault or waiving your rights to compensation without first speaking to an experienced Denver worker’s compensation lawyer. Your lawyer will be able to review your case and determine if you are eligible for worker’s compensation or if you are eligible to take a different course of legal action.
Contact Our Denver Construction Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in a construction accident and you believe the construction company or another party is at fault, you should contact a Denver worker’s compensation attorney immediately. An experienced worker’s compensation attorney can help you recover for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, possibly even punitive damages. Time restrictions apply, so you must act quickly in order to preserve your rights. Contact Denver attorney Robert Paysinger today to discuss your case. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221.
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