Construction trades have the highest rate of job-related fatalities of any industry. Being struck by an object accounts for nearly 10 percent of construction site deaths and is considered a “fatal four” construction accident by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The Gumprecht Law Firm is an experienced firm that concentrates solely on personal injury and wrongful death recovery. We handle complex construction accident claims that result in severe injuries, such as brain damage, compound fractures, amputations, spinal cord damage and vision loss. Our invite-only membership in the Million Dollars Advocates Forum is a testament to our commitment to recovering the highest possible damages for every client. If you were injured by a falling object, a Georgia construction accident attorney at our firm can help you obtain your due damages.
After a falling object accident, OSHA and the municipal building department will issue a cease work order. We urge you to seek legal advice before construction is allowed to recommence. Negligent parties have every incentive to alter the worksite and remove vital evidence. We also suggest you decline requests for interviews with company representatives and their lawyers, who are trained in eliciting incriminating statements from victims and twisting their words to minimize their own culpability. Call Attorney Michael Gumprecht 24/7 to learn more about your rights and options for recovery.
Duty to Workers and Pedestrians
Falling object accidents are entirely preventable. First, all contractors have a duty to secure tools, equipment and building parts. Even a single nail can be deadly if dropped several stories onto a person below. Second, the developer has a duty to construct scaffolding, netting and other barriers to catch falling objects. Finally, all companies have a duty to supply their employees with appropriate protective clothing to deflect fallen objects and to minimize injuries.
Rights of Construction Workers Who Suffered Injuries Caused by a Falling Object
If you were injured by a falling object at your jobsite, you are entitled to workers’ compensation right away. Unfortunately, your workers’ compensation only covers your medical bills and your diminished earnings during the period of disability. Furthermore, you are barred from suing your employer under most circumstances.
You can, however, sue other people and companies at the site with whom you are not employed. For example, if you were an architect on a site visit and a roofer dropped a hammer on your head, you may have a cause of action against the roofing contractor and the scaffolding company.
Injuries While Walking by a Construction Site
You watch where you are going as you walk along a sidewalk in any Georgia town to be sure you do not trip, stumble or collide with another person. You also look both ways for traffic as you cross the street. However, you likely do not vigilantly look for dangers falling from the sky above. This makes falling objects all the more dangerous; you have absolutely no protection and no opportunity to react when an object falls from a construction site.
The construction company has the duty to secure its site and protect pedestrians who might walk by. You have a claim for negligence if the company failed to take the steps necessary to protect the public from falling objects.
Learn More About Your Rights to Recover Damages From a Georgia Construction Accident Attorney
You may have a cause of action against the negligent contractor that dropped an object on you, in addition to your workers’ compensation claim. For immediate assistance with your case, call a Georgia construction accident attorney at 678-800-1050 24/7. The Gumprecht Law Firm offers you a free initial consultation and a contingency fee payment arrangement.