It’s hard to imagine something falling from the sky or the ceiling of a building, striking you, and causing serious injuries. Yet while unforeseeable, falling debris accidents and injuries happen in Massachusetts, affecting construction accident workers, pedestrians, passersby, and others alike. At the law office of Tetzel Law, our Massachusetts personal injury lawyers can assist you if you’ve been injured by falling debris. For a free consultation where you can learn more about your legal rights, including how to maximize your settlement amount, call our law firm today.
Falling Debris Accidents: Causes, Injuries, and Liability
Falling debris accidents are most common at and near construction sites, but they can happen at other places, too. Workers at construction sites are at an especially high risk of harm caused by falling debris. In fact, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) reports that being “struck by object” is a leading cause of worker injury and death. Causes of debris falling might include poor construction, failure to implement proper safety protocols, unsecured tools and materials, poorly constructed scaffolds, and even structural collapses. Again, while construction workers are most at risk for these types of injuries, passersby and pedestrians in the vicinity at the time of an accident could suffer serious harm, too.
When objects and debris fall from overhead, serious injuries may result. Common injuries associated with this type of accident include traumatic brain injuries, facial injuries, bone fractures and skull fractures, and even death. If injuries are not fatal, they could be permanently disabling.
Liability for a falling debris accident is complicated. If a worker is injured, they may be barred from filing a claim directly against their employer, and instead will need to pursue compensation through their workers’ compensation insurance coverage. For those who are not covered by workers’ compensation coverage, though, such as pedestrians who are injured in falling debris accidents, it’s possible to file a claim directly against the at-fault party. This might be a property owner, manufacturer of defective equipment, construction company, or someone else.
What to Do After a Falling Debris Accident
If you are in a falling debris accident, the most important first step that you can take is to seek medical care. From there, you should report the accident to your employer (if you are a construction worker) or to the site owner/manager (if you are a passerby/pedestrian). As soon as possible after your accident, you should also call a skilled personal injury lawyer with experience working on cases like yours. An attorney can investigate your claim, determine fault, calculate damages, and represent you in recovering a settlement.
Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Claims in Massachusetts
The statute of limitations on personal injury claims in Massachusetts is three years. If you wait longer than three years to file a lawsuit, you will be permanently barred from damages. Our lawyers urge you to act quickly to avoid breaching the statute of limitations.
Call Tetzel Law Today
A falling debris accident can change your life. If you’ve been harmed, call our experienced personal injury lawyers in Massachusetts for a free consultation and the help you deserve. You can reach us at (617) 742-1700 today.