Falling Object Injury Attorneys
We've all been in those big box, warehouse stores where items are stacked floor to ceiling one row right after another. Most people have probably never given any though to the death trap they are in while shopping in these stores. However, people are severely injured each year as the result of objects falling on them in stores, from buildings, or near construction sites. If you, or someone you know, is injured, or killed by a falling object, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and expenses. Our attorneys can help you if you or someone you know has suffered injuries in a falling object accident.
Pedestrian injuries from falling objects
When pedestrians are walking along the sidewalk, they expect their journey to proceed uneventfully until they reach their destination. Unfortunately, a falling object injury can occur whether you are walking down a busy city street or strolling through a more relaxed neighborhood in a borough or in the suburbs. For instance, while walking down a city street a window washer could potentially drop a tool or a personal item. The item would then fall several or many stories and strike an individual walking below. Similarly, a building resident could throw unwanted items out of a window which then rain down onto the people below.
Employees and construction workers injured by falling objects
Construction sites are one of the most likely locations for a falling object injury. Actions that can increase the likelihood of a falling object injury at a construction site include:
- The failure to post adequate, clear warning signs at a construction site.
- The failure of workers, supervisors & visitors to wear protective equipment such as hard hats, safety googles, or face shields.
- The failure to perform an inspection of construction equipment & machinery.
- The failure to provide adequate training on the proper use of equipment & machinery.
- The failure of workers to properly secure hand held tools and personal effects.
- The failure to adequately secure construction sites during working hours and overnight.
- The failure to use appropriate safety devices to prevent falling objects and debris.
- The failure to follow proper securement procedures for materials on hooks and ropes while using cranes and hoists.
These negligent or careless acts can create dangerous conditions for workers, contractors, subcontractors and any other individual who comes onto the work site. Supervisors should work to minimize or eliminate the risky behaviors identified here.
Shoppers injured by falling objects
Even a location seemingly as benign as a retail store or a warehouse club store can result in a serious injury due to a falling object accident. Consider a simple supermarket or big-box retailer. Many times goods and products are stacked on shelving that can reach heights of 10 or more feet. If the products are arranged improperly they can fall from the shelves creating something of an avalanche of products or goods. Similarly warehouse club stores and home improvement depots are typically equipped with industrial shelving that reach heights of 30 feet or more. Goods that fall of shelving of this type can have time to accelerate to relatively high speeds and can cause serious head injuries or death.
How do I obtain compensation for my falling object injury?
To establish liability in any falling object case, you must prove that the defendant was in control of the placement and/or handling of the material that fell. However, falling object cases are usually different than other type of negligence cases because when something drops on someone, they may be determined to be liable because the negligence speaks for itself. In other words, things do not fall on people unless someone is negligent.
Hire an experienced and aggressive falling object injury lawyer
If you or someone you know has been injured, you should immediately obtain medical attention for your injuries. In addition, it is important to report the incident to store management, the police, and / or the site foreman of the construction site. Make sure that they take a written report and get a copy. It is important that the evidence be collected and documented as soon as possible to protect your rights. Finally, you should contact a qualified falling object attorney to protect your rights and help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
At Rosenblum Law Offices our attorneys have over fifteen years of experienced representing individuals injured by falling objects. We have aggressively pursued some of the largest retailers in the country to obtain compensation for our injured clients. If you or someone you know was injured by a falling object, call us today at (702) 433-2889 or fill out our on-line form for more information.