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August 18th, 2022

How Falling Debris Accidents Happen

Accidents happen every day, most of which are relatively minor. When a person is struck by some kind of falling object or debris, however, the repercussions can be severe.

The Dangers of Falling Debris

The risks posed by falling debris depend on a variety of factors, such as the type, weight, and size of the debris, as well as the height from which it is dropped. Nevertheless, any object or debris that falls and hits a person has the potential to cause serious damage.

A falling debris accident may cause:

  • Scratches, cuts, and bruises
  • Broken bones
  • Crushed body parts
  • Brain/organ damage
  • Death

In the long term, victims may be left dealing with issues like:

  • Paralysis
  • Chronic pain
  • Ongoing medical care
  • Cognitive/motor issues from brain or nerve damage

In addition to the nature of the debris and the circumstances of the accident, the overall health of the person who is struck plays a role in the severity of the damage. Personal protective equipment like helmets and steel-toed boots can certainly help prevent or mitigate damage caused by falling objects—that’s why they’re required in work zones and other risky areas.

Where and How Do Falling Debris Accidents Happen?

A falling debris accident can occur anywhere there is a risk of some object or material dropping onto a person. However, there are certain places that are more likely to have falling debris than others.

Construction Sites

With several employees working in a construction area where materials and tools are being moved, there’s a significant risk of such things accidentally falling on someone. Debris may come loose from the structure being worked on, fall from scaffolding, or be dropped from a crane or other machinery.

If a construction company fails to provide appropriate protective equipment, observe safety standards, or maintain machinery, their neglect may put employees at greater risk of accidents. It also makes them liable.

Around Buildings

Debris may also fall from a building. Pieces of brick or stone may crumble off of an old or damaged building. A shingle or branch may be blown off the roof. Debris may fall from a high-rise balcony. Whatever the case, these falling materials could strike and injure someone on the ground.

If the building isn’t properly maintained, the owner may be liable for any damage caused. They may also be liable if they fail to reasonably warn and protect the public from known falling debris risks.

The Importance of Legal Representation

If you’ve been injured by falling debris at work or elsewhere, you need the right legal representation to get the compensation you’re owed. A work accident lawyer from Schechter, Shaffer & Harris—SMS Legal—can explain the process, file the paperwork, and help you build a strong case. We also work on contingency, so you won’t have to pay us unless you receive damages.

Contact us to schedule a free consultation with a work accident attorney.

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