Watch Out for Falling Debris! Passersby Are At Risk Near Construction Sites

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Construction workers know they are involved in risky jobs; falls, collapses, electricity accidents and machinery mishaps occur all too often. When accidents happen in the workplace, employees can file Workers’ Compensation claims.

However, what recourse do people who are walking near a construction site have when they are seriously injured – or worse – by flying or falling debris? This is a hot topic recently, mainly because, it seems, a week doesn’t go by lately without a bystander being hurt or killed in accidents related to construction sites.

  • A pregnant lady in California was killed when a gravel truck overturned in a driveway where she was parked. Her car was crushed by the weight of the stone.
  • In Washington, eight people in a Seattle bus were seriously hurt when a construction sign crashed down onto a bridge.
  • In New York, in March, a woman who was walking by was killed when a piece of plywood flew off a building on construction site and threw her into a wall.

One thing is certain, injuries sustained in construction site accidents can be devastating. It’s impossible to plan for accidents like the ones described here. You are going about your day, minding your own business, and then the unspeakable happens. If you are lucky, you survive with only minor injuries. However, the shock of a sudden accident can cause you to shake off injuries because your adrenaline is masking pain.

If you or someone you know gets hurt in a freak construction accident, you deserve to be compensated to the fullest extent allowed by law to pay for medical treatment, pain and suffering and more. Contact the Wilton Law Firm right away for a free consultation about your case. We will fight for you.