It’s like any other day of your life. You wake up, drive to work, and expect everything to go just as it usually goes. However, all of a sudden you wake up in an ambulance being transported to a nearby hospital. What happened? Paramedics inform you of a head injury you suffered because an object fell on your head. Dazed and confused, you try to remember what happened but the more you try to think back, a headache grows. Unable to move, you wonder how all of this will play out; will you require surgery? Will you be able to return to work?
Scenarios like the one above are not uncommon in today’s world, where injured workers who have had an object fall on them are left with serious injuries. It is important for injured workers to get the right medical attention quickly, especially if the accident involved heavy objects falling on a worker’s head. At the Anderson Law Firm we take work injury cases involving falling objects, and we know exactly what the injured worker wants: justice. Our attorneys and legal team know that this may be a painful and frustrating time for the injured worker and their family, which is why we take care of the entire legal process for them so all the worker has to worry about is recovering.
Falling Objects Can Lead to Serious Injuries
When a worker goes to perform their job, the last thing they want is for something heavy to fall on them. In fact, the object doesn’t even have to be heavy; regardless if the object was large, small, flat, round, or with edges, it must be taken seriously. A common misconception is that for a work injury claim involving falling objects to be made, the object must be something like a concrete slab for the claim to be considered serious. Something as simple as a ceiling tile that knocks someone unconscious can be enough for a claim to be submitted.
While there isn’t just one cause for objects to fall on a worker, here are a sample of factors that can contribute to this type of incident:
- Unrestrained objects: if an object was at a higher level and not restrained, the object can fall on a worker and injure them.
- Poorly trained employees: if another employee was responsible for not properly securing an object or if they caused an object to fall on a worker, they can cause the company to be negligent for not training their employees properly.
- Safety violations: if the company has safety violations that are considered permissible by them, this can be grounds for negligent actions.
Notice the term “negligence” mentioned above. Negligence means that a party - in this case, the company - had actions or lack of actions that led to an injury. The importance of establishing negligence will be discussed more thoroughly in the sections that follow.
Injuries from Falling Objects
Furthermore, the injuries that a worker can sustain from falling objects can be very, very serious. These injuries can include:
- Traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and other head injuries
- Broken bones
- Punctured organs
- Internal bleeding
- Broken ribs
- Neck, back, and body pain
- Muscle strain and sprain
Each and every one of these injuries should be carefully looked at by a doctor. Even if the injured worker thinks they might be injured, it is always better to be safe. Due to the environment surrounding the injury, it is further important for the injuries to be checked out, just to be sure that any chemicals or toxics did not enter the body when the injury took place. For example, if a worker in a chemical plant had an object fall on their head and knocked them unconscious, they should be cautious if they fell on toxic materials.
Who Is At Risk?
Although construction workers may seem like they are the most at risk for being hit by falling objects, the reality is that many workers of different jobs, occupations, and trades can be injured on the job by this type of accident. For example, different types of workers who are at-risk for these accidents include:
- Warehouse employees
- Forklift operators
- Oil rig workers
The list can go on and on, what is important to remember is that you do not have to be in one job category to qualify for a work injury claim. If you were injured on the job because an object fell on your head, you have rights. What steps should you take? As previously mentioned, the most important step you should take is to get your injuries treated. Any gap between the accident and you getting your injury checked by a doctor does not look good in a personal injury claim. After your injuries have been checked, contact the experienced attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm who are committed and ready to take your case.
Making it clear that the accident was not your fault and the injuries were not caused by you is one of the main goals in a work injury claim. This is done through the use of evidence. At the Anderson Law Firm, we gather evidence such as company records, videos of the incident, witness testimonies, and medical records to make it undoubtedly clear that you suffered the wrongdoings of another party. The use of evidence and proving negligence go hand-in-hand, and our legal team knows exactly how to use each and every piece of evidence to make your case successful.
Typical settlement amounts surrounding work injury cases caused by falling objects can range from several thousand dollars to over three-hundred thousand dollars. The figure may seem large, but there are different factors that contribute to the settlement amount, such as the severity of the injury, length of treatment, and whether or not you can still work in the future. The attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm are determined to fight for a settlement that will cover for all - not some - of your accident-related expenses, such as your lost wages. Contact the Anderson Law Firm today so you can receive the full and fair compensation your case deserves.