Construction accidents are inherently dangerous places, especially with so much happening all at once. Many construction workers have tasks they need to complete in high places, including roofs, ladders, scaffolding, cranes, and more. These tasks can involve using a variety of tools and materials, and it is all too easy for someone to drop something. When an object falls on a construction site, it can easily strike someone standing below. This can result in serious injuries, especially if it is a hard or heavy object. Construction workers who sustain injuries from falling objects have the right to seek workers' compensation benefits for their medical expenses, as well as temporary or permanent disability. Contact the Missouri workers' compensation lawyers at The Law Firm of Webster & Carlton about a claim today.
Even if all safety precautions are followed, people can still drop objects when they are working from high places. Some objects that might fall include:
These are far from the only objects that can fall and injure someone below.
There are different reasons why falling objects can cause serious injuries. The higher an object originated, the greater the velocity will be by the time it gets to ground-level. When an object is heavy and/or made from metal or another hard substance, the trauma from the blow can be extensive. Additionally, some objects might be sharp, which can cause a different type of injury. The following are some examples of common injuries from falling objects:
Most injuries to construction workers by falling objects need immediate medical attention. Some workers might need surgery or hospitalization to prevent complications. Often, traumatic injuries from falling objects can keep a construction worker off the job for weeks or months. In the event of traumatic brain injuries or other catastrophic injuries, permanent disabilities might result and prevent a victim from ever going back to construction work.
Following a work-related injury, you should get the medical treatment you need right away. Report your accident to your employer if possible, but if it is an emergency situation, report the injuries as soon as you can after you are stabilized. Then, speak with an experienced attorney about a workers' compensation claim. This claim seeks benefits that can cover:
Dealing with the pain and effects of a severe injury is hard enough, but the medical costs and lost income can make the situation much worse. This is why it is critical to get the full workers' compensation benefits you deserve, and the legal team at The Law Firm of Webster & Carlton is here to help. After a job-related injury, contact us online or call 417-890-4600 in Springfield or 417-781-5690 in Joplin for a free consultation today.