Even a minor mistake at a construction site can result in a devastating injury. When a small tool or building material falls from a height and hits a worker, he or she can suffer spinal cord injury, severe lacerations, broken bones, head trauma, or death. If you or someone you love has been injured by a falling object while working at a construction site in Indiana, Golitko & Daly can help you obtain compensation through a falling debris lawsuit.
The expert attorneys at our Indianapolis, IN-based practice specialize in construction accident cases, and they will draw upon years of experience and extensive resources to prove fault on the part of the liable party. To schedule a free legal consultation, get in touch with a member of our firm today.
Factors That Can Lead to a Falling Debris Injury
Construction sites require strict adherence to safety standards due to their inherent danger. Unfortunately, safety lapses and various mistakes can lead to falling debris that cause serious injury. Although many factors can be involved, some of the most common include:
Unsecured Tools and Materials
To avoid falling, tools must be properly secured when they are being used above other workers. Materials such as bricks that are improperly stored at height can also lead to falling-object injuries.
Insufficient Barricades and Signage
Clear signs and effective barricades must be in place so people realize that construction is occurring and there is a risk of falling objects. Signs need to indicate that a hard hat is required, and barricades must be in place to keep pedestrians (who are not expected to wear hard hats) at a distance.
Insufficient Equipment Inspection
Devices such as hooks and cords that are used to attach objects to equipment such as cranes and hoists will weaken with age. For this reason, they must be regularly inspected for wear and other flaws and immediately replaced when an error is spotted to avoid causing injury.
There are two main factors at play when evaluating fault for a falling debris injury at a construction site. First, we must determine who is responsible for the safety of the site. When a lawsuit is presented, the owner, general contractor, and any number of subcontractors may attempt to shift the responsibility to one another. An experienced construction site attorney at Golitko & Daly will refer to any contracts that were signed among the parties and other pieces of evidence to sort out who is ultimately responsible.
We will provide unwavering support throughout the legal process to help secure just compensated for your falling debris injury.
Second, a clear definition of what constitutes a safe construction site must be established. Laws state that a work site must be kept in a “reasonably safe” condition, and the interpretation of this standard can be quite complicated. Our job is to fully investigate your accident and determine whether there was a safety breach.
Compensation in Falling Debris Cases
If you or someone you love was harmed by falling debris as the result of negligence, damages from your personal injury case can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and decreased quality of life. We will provide unwavering support throughout the legal process to help secure just compensated for your falling debris injury.
Schedule a Free Legal Consultation
Our team has the experience and dedication to successfully handle your falling debris construction accident case. To schedule an appointment with one of our qualified attorneys, please contact Golitko & Daly today.