Falling objects and equipment malfunctions can cause severe injuries on job sites and public or private property. Improperly stacked or stored objects can topple over, causing head trauma, spinal injuries, and other serious damage to a person standing or sitting beneath the falling debris. Defective equipment is equally dangerous, resulting in many job-related injuries every year.
If you suffered injuries in one of these accidents, an injured by falling object or equipment malfunction lawyer in Bucks County can fight for your rights, getting you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. The attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC work on behalf of personal injury victims. We identify all responsible parties, gather evidence against them, and pursue an aggressive case on your behalf.
We only get paid when we recover compensation for our clients. Our consultations and case reviews are free. To set up an appointment today, call our office at 215-642-2335.
How Do Falling Object and Equipment Malfunction Injuries Occur?
An injury from a falling object or defective piece of equipment can occur at work, at home, at someone else’s house, or in a public venue, such as a mall or shopping center.
Such injuries are frequent on construction sites and job sites, where building supplies and inventory often get piled up in precarious stacks and sometimes are not secured to the extent they need to be.
Common causes of injury from falling objects and equipment malfunction include:
- Improperly stored heavy objects;
- Inadequately secured materials;
- Precariously stacked boxes or items; and
- Improperly serviced equipment or machinery.
When a heavy object falls on a person, serious injury can result. This type of accident often leads to extensive and long-term damage, including head and spinal injuries. This can necessitate major medical procedures that cost thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. The person responsible for the falling object or equipment malfunction—and not the injured party—should pay for the damages when such injuries occur.
You could be eligible for compensation for your injuries. We will investigate your case and determine if someone else’s negligence caused your accident. Then we can gather evidence and pursue compensation on your behalf. In most cases, we can recover compensation for our clients through a premises liability claim or the workers’ compensation program.
Premises Liability and Workers’ Compensation
Depending on how your injury occurred, we can file one or both of two types of claims on your behalf. The first, a premises liability claim, charges that a property owner had a duty of care to protect you from a hazard. They failed to uphold that duty, resulting in your injury. The other, a workers’ compensation claim, is something you file to collect compensation for on-the-job injuries.
Premises Liability Claims
Property owners and managers have certain responsibilities to those who visit their premises. They must make a reasonable effort to keep the property free from hazards, including falling objects and defective equipment. If they become aware of dangerous conditions on their property, they have a responsibility to address the issue immediately. Until they can complete repairs, they must shield visitors from it and warn them of its existence.
If you suffered your injuries on someone else’s property—including a job site—a strong chance exists that the property owner or manager was negligent in their duty of care to you. We can file a premises liability claim seeking compensation from the responsible party or parties for the damages you suffered.
Workers’ Compensation Claims
Workers’ compensation is an insurance program. Participation is compulsory for most private-sector employers. Your employer must pay into the program on behalf of each worker. If an employee suffers injuries on the job, they can file a claim for workers’ compensation.
If you work for a private company that is in compliance with workers’ compensation, you typically cannot file a lawsuit against your employer for injuries sustained on the job. Instead, you must use the workers’ compensation system to recover money for your losses.
In some cases, an employer may try to deny a workers’ compensation claim. We have seen companies allege that the worker was intoxicated, behaving recklessly, or engaged in self-harm when the injury at work occurred. Our attorneys can anticipate any such challenge from your employer and counter it with a strong defense on your behalf.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You Get Paid
An attorney from Cordisco & Saile LLC can help make certain you receive the full compensation you deserve for your injury from a falling object or equipment malfunction.
If we decide to file a premises liability claim, we set out to gather evidence and prove four things:
- You had a right to be on the property and were not trespassing;
- The property owner allowed a hazard to develop on the premises;
- That hazard—a falling object or a piece of defective equipment—caused an accident; and
- You suffered injuries or property damage as a result.
For a workers’ compensation claim, we gather evidence to shield you against any possible allegation that your injury is not covered under the system. We can also help you understand what you need to do to make sure you are acting in accordance with workers’ compensation requirements.
The sooner you contact us after your injury, the more effectively we can fight for you, as evidence can disappear or become altered over time.
How Much Is My Claim Worth?
Only once we have investigated your injury, identified the responsible parties, and determined the type of claim you are eligible to file can we estimate how much you may receive in damages.
Many personal injury claims involving falling objects and malfunctioning equipment result in settlements that include some or all of the following damages:
- Medical costs, both current and future;
- Lost wages from work;
- Reduced earning capacity;
- Damage to or loss of personal property;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Wrongful death.
Call 215-642-2335 Today for a Free Attorney Consultation.
The team at Cordisco & Saile LLC is eager to help you win the compensation you deserve. To set up your free consultation with one of our attorneys, call 215-642-2335 today.