Falling debris may not be the first type of construction injury that comes to mind, but according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), moving and falling objects claimed the lives of more than 100 construction workers in 2018 alone. These tragedies aren’t limited to job sites: Pedestrians are often victims of falling debris, as well.
For the family of an individual who lost their life in a falling debris accident, the pain can be unbearable. When left to cope with an unthinkable loss, it’s difficult to know where to turn.
At Morgan & Morgan, we strive for more than optimal outcomes in legal cases; we believe in treating our clients with the compassion and respect they deserve in their most trying times. If you lost a loved one, we may be able to help you recover significant financial compensation.
What Causes Falling Debris Accidents at Construction Sites?
Falling debris is one of the most common causes of death at construction sites. Hand and power tools such as screwdrivers, drills, and wrenches may fall from scaffolding or other elevated surfaces. Building materials such as cinder blocks, bricks, railings, beams, wires, and cables may drop from cranes. Poorly constructed structures may collapse on the workers below. These accidents can be the result of multiple failures, including:
- Poorly stacked materials
- No posted warning signs
- Insufficient safety training
- Lack of safety devices to catch falling debris
- Incorrect use of equipment
- Use of faulty materials
- Neglecting to follow protocols
What Causes Falling Debris Accidents in Other Public Spaces?
Pedestrians also face significant danger from falling debris. Sometimes building owners refuse to ensure their building is safe for tenants, customers, guests, and anyone else in the vicinity. Building codes are in place to protect against catastrophic failures, but many owners elect to roll the dice on safety in order to save a few dollars.
How Can a Wrongful Death Lawyer Help?
Although pursuing legal action may not be at the top of your list following the loss of a loved one, it’s important to consider hiring a wrongful death lawyer as quickly as possible. In addition to emotional trauma, you may be facing considerable financial difficulties without the support of your loved one. Wrongful death lawsuits are designed to help ease your burden and restore financial stability in the aftermath of a tragedy.
Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney
Over the course of three decades, Morgan & Morgan has grown from a small family operation to a national firm of hundreds of highly skilled attorneys. With more than $15 billion recovered on behalf of our clients, we understand how to get results. All the while, we’ve remained a family organization and treat every client as such. We understand that you’re going through one of the most difficult periods in your life. You can rest assured that we will handle every step of the process so you can focus on healing.
If you have lost a loved one unexpectedly, fill out a free case evaluation. It costs nothing to get started, and we get paid only if your case is successful. You owe it to yourself to find out if you’re eligible for compensation, so get started today.