Delaware Workplace Injuries: Struck by Falling or Moving Objects
Workers’ compensation attorneys in Wilmington, Seaford and New Castle protect employees injured by falling objects
Depending on the kind of work you do, you will face different hazards in your workplace and be exposed to different types of workplace injuries. A common workplace injury is being struck by a falling object. If you work in the construction industry, or if you work in a factory or maybe a shipyard you might be at risk for this kind of injury. The construction industry is one of the most dangerous and has a high number of on-the-job injuries and fatalities each year. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration reports that of the 874 deaths that occurred in the construction industry in 2014, 8.4 percent of those (73) were struck by an object.
At the Delaware law firm of Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, we serve as a strong advocate on your side if you should encounter any kind of dispute when it comes to applying for and receiving your workers’ compensation benefits. We keep offices in Seaford, Wilmington and New Castle so that we can be close to the people we serve. If you were hit by a falling object, let an experienced Delaware workers’ compensation lawyer help you move forward.
Workplace accidents from falling or moving objects
Every day, workers from a broad spectrum of industries will be injured by falling or moving objects. Some of the most serious injuries we see involve:
- Boxes or crates falling from upper shelves
- Planks or roofing materials
- Power tools or machinery parts
- Steel beams
- Lumber, trees
Common injuries from being struck by a falling or moving object
Being struck by a falling object in the workplace can cause serious injuries that require medical attention and lost time at work. At Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, we help people who have suffered:
- Head injuries
- Brain damage
- Neck injuries
- Eye injuries
- Spinal injuries
In the most tragic circumstances, a falling object can lead to life-long disabilities. A traumatic brain injury can cause permanent brain damage or even paralysis, if the spine is affected. Workers hit by toxic chemicals risk developing certain cancers, or losing their sight. An object that weighs a mere 10lbs, when dropped from a height of 4 feet can have about a ton of force; imagine what a beam from a building can do. It is entirely possible that a falling object could lead to a fatal accident.
Delaware workers’ compensation benefits
Delaware employees who suffer a workplace injury can receive workers’ compensation benefits, which provides them with medical expenses and a portion of their lost wages when they must miss work to recuperate from the injury. Other workers’ compensation benefits include:
- Job retraining when the injury prohibits you from returning to your old position
- Compensation for partial or permanent loss of function
- Total disability
- Physical therapy
Under worker’s compensation, you can receive weekly payments for partial income replacement, or they can negotiate a lump-sum settlement.
At Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, our first priority is making sure that you have competent, legal representation when you go are facing a workers’ compensation dispute. Having strong counsel can significantly improve your chances of getting a better settlement. We know the system and have helped hundreds of clients before you. Put our hard won experience to work on your behalf today.
Workers’ compensation attorneys fighting for the rights of Delaware workers injured at work
The Delaware workers’ compensation lawyers of Silverman, McDonald & Friedman are ready to offer sound legal advice and to be your advocate when you are facing a dispute with your employer’s insurer. You can call toll-free at 302-888-2900 or fill out our contact form. We proudly serve clients throughout Delaware from our offices in New Castle, Seaford and Wilmington.