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Injured by Falling Objects?
Being injured by falling objects is a major cause of workplace injuries and deaths each year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 153,390 workers were injured, and 503 workers were killed on the job in 2013 after being struck by an object or debris. Employees in certain industries and trades are more at risk than others and should take extra precautions to protect themselves and avoid mishaps.
Even with the best safety practices, objects and debris still can fall accidentally and cause devastating, if not fatal, harm. Injured workers (or their families in fatal situations) will want to pursue all possible benefits after a work-related accident. Potential sources of recompense include Florida workers’ compensation insurance and third-party liability claims.
Industries at High Risk for Falling Objects
The BLS’s Serious Injuries Befall Workers Struck by Objects report provides statistics about the prevalence and causes of these types of workplace accidents. The agency explains that there are two major occupational categories in which workers are far more at risk: 1) operators, fabricators and laborers; and 2) farming, forestry and fishing. Each of these two categories comprise one-third of the number of annual falling objects/debris on-the-job fatalities.
The BLS concludes that the following industries are most at risk for fatal workplace accidents caused by falling objects or debris.
- Timber cutting and logging
- Truck drivers
- Construction laborers
Other industries that are at risk include warehouse workers, elevator mechanics, miners, window washers and manufactures.
Common Types of Falling Objects
All types of machinery, building materials, stock and equipment can pose a risk to workers. Below are some of the most common objects involved in fatal workplace accidents.
- Material-handling machinery
- Solid building materials
- Pipes, ducts and tubing
- Metal structural materials
- Vehicle parts
- Tools, instruments and equipment
Filing a Claim after a Work Accident
If you were injured on the job, you should be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, which include wage replacement and medical benefits. You will need to report the accident to your employer and formally file a workers’ compensation claim. For help with claim paperwork or for legal counsel for wrongly denied claims in Florida, call the Francis Law Group.
For workers whose injuries prove fatal, their families can collect workers’ compensation death benefits, which include wage replacement, educational expenses and funeral expenses.
It’s also important to know that in certain situations, a third-party claim might be a consideration. If a party other than your employer was at fault for the falling object or flying debris incident, you might have grounds to file a liability lawsuit against them to recover your damages. With these types of claims, you’ll be able to collect a greater variety of damages than are available under workers’ compensation. In a third-party claim, compensable damages include the following.
- Full amount of lost wages
- Loss of promotion and lost capability to work in the same capacity
- Cost of hiring someone to do things around the home you normally would
- Rehabilitation costs
- Current and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish, emotional damages and counseling
- Loss of enjoyment in life or relationship issues caused by your injury
The Francis Legal Group Can Help Determine Your Options
Attorneys at The Francis Law Group have a passion for helping injured workers obtain fair and full compensation after they are seriously injured on the job. If you or your spouse were injured by a falling object or debris at work, you’re encouraged to call the Francis Legal Group for a case review. We can examine the details surrounding your case, explain your options and take the necessary steps to ensure you exhaust all potential sources of compensation.
Call us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at 407-363-9939.