Construction sites in the Bay Area pose numerous dangers, including falling objects. These accidents can happen in an instant, leading to catastrophic and fatal injuries. Whether you’re a construction worker on the job or a pedestrian passing by, the risk of being hit by tools, materials, or debris from above is real. The consequences of such injuries can be life-altering, including physical pain, financial hardship, and emotional distress. 

The falling object injury attorneys at Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook are here to guide you through the legal process, ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. If you’ve been injured by a falling object at a construction site, we’re here to help you navigate the complexities of your claim with dedication and understanding.

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the Risk Of Falling Objects

The Risk of Falling Objects

The risk associated with falling objects at construction sites is significant and well-documented, highlighting the need for stringent safety measures and awareness. According to OSHA, more than 50,000 workers are injured annually due to falling objects, making this one of the “Fatal Four” causes of construction deaths, accounting for 9.4% of fatal injuries in the industry​​​.

Objects that commonly fall at construction sites include:

  • Tools and equipment
  • Building materials
  • Debris


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Such objects pose a severe threat due to their potential for physical harm due to the high force with which they can impact a person. An eight-pound wrench falling from a height, for example, can hit with a force of thousands of pounds per square inch, making the potential for fatal or severe injuries a real concern. The types of injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to more serious injuries such as head trauma, fractures, and even fatalities​​.

Given these risks, construction sites must implement comprehensive safety measures, including providing personal protective equipment (PPE), securing tools and materials to prevent them from falling, and erecting safety nets and guardrails. Awareness and training are equally important in preventing these accidents. OSHA mandates that all tools and materials be secured in environments where workers could be endangered by falling objects, highlighting the importance of proactive measures over reactive ones​​​​.

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The Legal Rights of Construction Workers Injured By Falling Objects

Construction workers injured on the job have specific legal rights aimed at protecting their health, well-being, and financial stability. California, like most states, requires employers to provide workers’ compensation insurance, which can cover medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and a portion of lost wages for injured workers, regardless of who was at fault for the injury. This system ensures that workers receive prompt medical treatment and financial support during their recovery period without needing to prove negligence on the part of their employer.

However, in some cases, construction workers may have the right to file a third-party claim if their injury was caused by someone other than their employer, such as equipment manufacturers, subcontractors, or property owners. This type of claim can provide compensation beyond what is available through workers’ compensation, including full lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Trust our Walnut Creek construction accident attorneys to explore all available legal options and protect your rights.

Pedestrian Rights After Being Injured By Falling Objects

Pedestrians injured by falling objects from construction sites have the right to seek compensation for their injuries through a personal injury lawsuit. This legal avenue allows for the recovery of damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related costs. The key to such claims often lies in proving negligence of the construction company, contractor, or property owner responsible for maintaining a safe environment around the construction site.

To successfully pursue a personal injury claim, you must demonstrate that the party responsible for the construction site failed to adhere to safety regulations or did not take reasonable steps to prevent the accident. Establishing liability requires a thorough investigation into the circumstances of the accident, including gathering evidence such as witness statements, photographs of the scene, and expert testimony. By working with our experienced personal injury attorneys, you can navigate the complexities of your falling object injury claim and get the compensation you deserve.

Common Challenges In Falling Object Injury Claims

Identifying the responsible party in falling object injury claims can be a significant challenge. Construction sites often involve multiple contractors, subcontractors, and companies, making it difficult to determine who is liable for maintaining safety standards. Thorough investigation and evidence collection are essential to pinpoint responsibility and pursue a claim effectively.

Another common challenge is proving negligence in cases involving falling objects. Plaintiffs must demonstrate that the defendant failed to follow safety regulations or did not take reasonable steps to prevent the accident. This often requires expert testimony, accident reconstruction, and an in-depth understanding of construction industry practices and safety standards.

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Why Choose Us?

At Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook, our approach includes thoroughly investigating the accident site and gathering all necessary evidence to build a strong case on your behalf. We collaborate closely with a network of experts in construction safety, engineering, and medical fields to establish negligence and the full impact of your injuries. Trust our team to fight tirelessly to secure the compensation you are entitled to, which may include:

  • Medical expenses, including future medical care
  • Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Punitive damages, if applicable

Our firm is committed to advocating for your rights and achieving the best possible outcome for your case. Let us handle the legal complexities while you focus on your recovery.

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