Most people don't expect to be injured by a falling object in the workplace. Sadly, these accidents happen far more often than one might think. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 157,490 struck by fallen object or equipment incidents reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2015 alone.
Fallen Object Accidents Can Happen in Many Work Places
Though these types of accidents are common in construction and mining, they're by no means restricted to workers in those industries. A box or crate can fall from a high shelf in an office just as easily as tools, equipment, and other items can fall from a height at a construction site. Knowing what to do when falling object accidents occur can help workers protect their right to workers' compensation benefits for medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
The first thing a worker should do after being struck by a fallen object is to report the incident to their supervisor as soon as possible and request medical treatment for their injuries. When seeing the doctor, make sure they know the injuries were sustained in an on-the-job accident, and report any and all symptoms—even if they seem minor. Following the doctor's treatment plan and attending follow-up visits is essential to helping injured workers show they're doing their part to get better.
Consult an Experienced Workers' Compensation Attorney
Workers' compensation cases can be complex. It's important that injured workers not only understand their legal rights and options after a workplace accident, but also have someone on their side who's looking out for their best interests. That's why finding skilled legal representation is so essential after a workplace accident.
If you were hurt on the job by a falling object, the knowledgeable and experienced workers' compensation attorneys with the Morris James Personal Injury Group can help you fight for the benefits you need and deserve. Do you have questions about your case? Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.