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Falling or Flying Objects

Every year, about 4,800 people are killed in workplace accidents and many more suffer serious injuries. About 20% of these deaths occur in construction and being struck by a flying or falling object causes about 11% of all workplace fatalities, according to OSHA. Dropped objects are also the third-leading cause of workplace injuries with almost 48,000 injuries in 2016 alone, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fall protection violations for people and objects are also the most common types of OSHA violations.

If you have suffered a serious injury due to a falling or flying object on a work site, you have the right to recover compensation under Florida’s workers’ compensation system. An experienced workers’ comp lawyer in Florida can help you file your claim or appeal a denied workers’ compensation claim to seek the fair compensation you need as you recover.

Injuries Associated with Falling or Flying Objects

Even a small or fairly lightweight object can lead to serious injury when it falls from a great height. An 8-pound tool dropped just 200 feet hits with a force exceeding 2,800 pounds per square inch. That’s about the same as a small passenger car hitting an area not much larger than a quarter.

The types of injuries that can result from a falling object depend on the weight and size of the object, the height of the fall, and the victim’s protection. For many workers, an injury from a falling or flying object is very serious and may include lacerations, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries, and fractures. These accidents can also lead to permanent disability such as paralysis.

Falling Object Accidents & Workers’ Compensation

When you are injured on the job in Florida, you have the right to compensation through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy. These benefits can include temporary or permanent disability benefits to partially replace lost wages and other benefits such as compensation for your medical expenses and even vocational rehabilitation.

While the workers’ compensation system is designed to quickly reimburse you for your damages, filing a claim can come with a lot of paperwork and deadlines. An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer in Florida can help with filing your claim while you focus on recovering. Your attorney can also help if your workers’ compensation claim is denied or your benefits are delayed. Even if your claim is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision but it must be done within the deadline.

In most cases, you cannot sue your employer for damages even if they were negligent. However, it’s sometimes possible to file a lawsuit against someone other than your employer after a falling object accident. For example, a flying object injury caused by faulty machinery or equipment may be eligible for a third-party claim if the manufacturer was liable for your injury to ensure you’re fully compensated for the losses you have suffered.

Contact a Florida Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Have you suffered serious injuries due to a falling object at work or your workers’ comp claim has been denied? Contact WorkInjuryRights.Com™ today to schedule a free consultation. Our firm of Florida workers’ comp attorneys will fight for the fair compensation you deserve for your injuries and help you navigate the complex legal landscape of the workers’ compensation system. We work on a contingency fee basis which means you pay nothing unless we secure a jury award or settlement for you.

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