Scaffolds and high beams are the hallmarks of construction sites nationwide. But what happens when a worker falls from one of these structures? Unfortunately, falling accidents claim hundreds of victims each year – and most of these accidents could have been prevented. Here’s what you need to know about falling accidents:
When you consider the many opportunities to climb on a construction site, the high incidence of falling accidents begins to make sense. After all, a construction site often boasts ladders, catwalks, scaffolds, cranes, cherry-pickers, forklifts, and other equipment designed to hoist workers up into the air in order to perform their tasks. Unfortunately, this equipment can fail due to user error, improper training, weather conditions, mechanical failures, crashes, and poorly maintained or inspected premises. When this occurs, the victim can experience everything from a minor cut or bruise to broken bones, paralysis, long-term head injury, personality changes, chronic pain or death.
Though the consequences of falling accidents in California, and every other state, are almost as varied as the victims, most victims are saddled with large medical bills and must miss significant time from work as they heal and rehabilitate. Some will require lifelong care or recurring hospitalization and medications; others will need vocational rehabilitation or physical therapy to prepare them for another job. These changes can devastate a family and impact the victim’s ability to lead a comfortable, satisfactory life. No matter what the outcome of a falling accident, the victim can sue the negligent party in court in an attempt to claim damages for their injuries.
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP has devoted its entire practice to fighting for the victims of personal injury such as those sustained in falling accidents. Our long track record speaks for itself, but we are especially proud of verdicts and settlements such as our $13.55 million verdict in the Beltran v. Boeing, et al. case, in which two workers fell nearly 800 feet in a helicopter crash. We have what it takes to fight on your behalf, from filing your claim to enforcing your settlement. If you or someone you love has been injured in a falling accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP today for a free case consultation.