Gravity is both a blessing and a curse. This force of nature is the glue that holds our world together as we know it, allows us to live on the earth without being hurled out into the darkest depths of space, and even allows much of what we depend on in our daily lives to work as intended. However, it can also be a crucial enemy. Gravity acts on all objects equally, and that means anything that’s dropped from within the earth’s gravitational field will fall back to earth, stopping only when it either hits the ground, or something that happens to be between the two. In some unfortunate cases, that thing that’s in the way might be you.
If you are struck by a falling object, you may be able to hold the party responsible for it falling responsible. On this blog, we’ll explain what you need to know about falling object injuries and how you can set yourself up for the best possible outcome to your case if you have sustained one of these injuries.
Falling objects cause thousands of injuries each and every year, and are one of the leading causes of injuries in workplaces across the country. In fact, OSHA records more than 50,000 “struck by falling object” injuries each and every year, or one roughly every ten minutes. Yet despite the common nature of these incidents, a remarkable number of companies and contractors don’t take the necessary precautions to prevent falling objects from causing serious injury to someone down below.
Damages You Suffer
While falling objects can happen in nearly any location, including in retail stores, homes, and even just in public spaces, the overwhelming majority of these injuries happen on work sites. In fact, construction sites are one of, if not the top location for falling object injuries in the world. This is because far too many workers take appropriate precautions to secure themselves, but not necessarily their tools or their materials.
If you’ve been injured as a result of a falling object, working with a Waterbury personal injury attorney is crucial to your case. An attorney can advise and guide you on how to best approach your case in terms of proving who was negligent in causing the object that injured you to fall and the damages you have sustained. Because falling objects frequently cause head and neck injuries, it’s possible to recover substantial damages based on what you have sustained.
Some common damages that are recovered after falling object injuries include:
- Lost income from missed work
- Reduced pay
- Physical therapy
- Medical expenses
- Prescribed medicines
- Permanent loss of use
Workers who suffer their injury on the job may also receive additional benefits through the workers’ compensation system. Through a workers’ compensation case, you may be eligible to receive all of the benefits above, as well as compensation for job retraining, reduced pay as a result of changing positions, partial incapacity, and more.If you’ve been injured by a falling object, don’t hesitate to reach out to a Waterbury injury attorney for help! Call Fitzpatrick Mariano Santos Sousa P.C. today at (203) 583-8299 to request a consultation.