Attorney David A. Sims Represents Families of Fall Victims
Attorney David A. Sims represents families of fall victims who have suffered both falls resulting in death and falls resulting in serious injuries in West Virginia. Let our law firm help you through this difficult time and assist with your claim or lawsuit for compensation for medical and funeral expenses, loss of companionship and benefits, and mental anguish.
In 2011, there were 31 million emergency room visits for falls, and there were 30,208 deaths from falls according to the CDC. Many of these deaths were due to negligence and some degree of liability can be placed with the business, homeowner, or government entity that failed to properly maintain the property or area as a reasonable person would.Falls are the number one cause of death for construction workers and, in almost all cases, are preventable. Safety gear exists and should be provided by construction employers for all of their employees who are working above ground level.
Please note that most construction employees ARE employees, regardless of an employer’s claim that they are self-employed contractors. See the information provided by the IRS for further information.
Simple, inexpensive, lightweight safety gear that can prevent or reduce the severity of injuries and also drastically reduces the possibility of death includes:
- Full Body Safety Harnesses
- ANSI Rated Locking Carabineers
- Roof Anchors
- Vertical Rope Lifelines w/ Rope Grab Assemblies
OSHA and ANSI Z359.1 regulations mandate the use of fall protective devices for workers whose jobs place them at an increased risk of falls. OSHA and the US Department of Labor provide guidelines and free educational materials for fall prevention that should be utilized by all employers who place employees into jobs above ground level.
There is no excuse for negligent fall deaths and the blatant disregard for human life exhibited by the failure to provide employees with appropriate safety gear.
Fall Injuries: Brain Damage, Broken Bones, Crushed Organs, and Heart Attack
When individuals fall from residential, industrial, and commercial structures, they may experience the following types of debilitating injuries that can lead to disability and/or death:
- Brain Damage
- Broken bones
- Crushed Organs
- Excessive Bleeding/Hemorrhaging
- Head, Abdomen, and Chest Trauma
- Heart Attack
- Injuries to Extremities
- Punctured Lungs
- Skull Fractures
Falls usually result in multiple injuries. Severe trauma resulting in death can occur from heights as low as 15 feet above ground level (or less in some circumstances). Disabling falls at ground level can also occur due to the following negligent conditions:
- Inadequate Supervision
- Loose Area Rugs
- Objects On Ground
- Over-medication Of Hospital/Nursing Home Residents
- Poor Lighting
- Slippery Surfaces
- Tree Roots Protruding From The Ground
- Tripping Obstacles
- Uneven Walking Surfaces
- Unrestrained Pets
- Unstable Furniture
Ground level falls can be just as debilitating or deadly, particularly for the elderly, disabled, and children. Fall victims may require expensive medical care and treatment for the remainder of their lives. This care may not be covered by your medical insurance if another party was liable for the accident.
If you or a loved one have suffered from a fall that has caused injury or death and you believe there may be a negligent party at fault, please contact the law practice of David A. Sims. You can trust our staff to get you all of the compensation allowed by law.
We will review your case and help you determine if you have a claim for financial compensation: (304) 428-5291.