Head and other injuries commonly occur as the result of falling objects. Objects may fall on you when you’re shopping at a store, when you’re walking outside of a building, or when you’re near a construction site. If you or a family member have been injured or killed by falling objects, you need to enlist the help of a qualified attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and expenses associated with them.
Some of the most common places where accidents involving falling objects occur include:
- Building construction sites
- Large store
- Road construction sites
- Bridge and road repair locations
- Building facades
- Falling items from the back of trucks
An experienced attorney will discuss the accident with you and will help to determine the responsible party. In order to bring a lawsuit, two things must be able to be proven:
Negligence is almost always immediately established in cases of falling objects because these objects should not have fallen under normal conditions. In most every case, the accident could have been prevented if proper care had been taken in the first place. Liability must also be established in these types of cases. You must be able to prove that the defendant was in control of the handling or placement of the object that fell.
If you have been injured in any type of accident involving falling objects the first thing to do is to immediately report the incident. In the case of something falling off a store shelf, report the incident to the store manager. For construction site accidents you should report it to the construction site foreman. It is also advisable to report the accident immediately to the police. Ensure that a written report is generated and that you have a copy of it.
It is important to take immediate action to pursue legal action since there is a statute of limitations that normally applies to these types of accidents. Your attorney will work with you to collect the money that you are owed as a result of the accident including:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Future medical expenses
- Mental anguish
- Burial expenses and future earnings in the event of a death
Speak to an attorney as quickly as possible after the incident. Be sure that you do not sign anything until you consult with an attorney. In many cases your attorney will be able to recover money through negotiations with the party at fault.