Being hit by a falling object can lead to a very serious injury. Whereas if you were to see an object coming towards you, you could take evasive action or brace yourself for the impact but when something falls on you from above, you are more than likely to be unprepared. This is why a falling object injury compensation claim needs professional handling by an experienced personal injury solicitor. The injuries you sustain in such an accident could lead to a fractured skull, brain injury and even spinal damage if the weight of the falling object was sufficiently heavy.
Claims for falling object injury compensation would most frequently be made against a supermarket if goods had fallen from a high shelf, or an employer, when items had not been stored correctly at height in a warehouse or store. Sometimes, falling objects from a construction site might also lead to a falling object injury compensation claim. Because of the potential for grave injury, your first consideration should be for your health.
Immediately you are struck from above by a falling object, you should seek emergency medical attention. If your accident is particularly serious, an ambulance should be called, or you should arrange to have an X-ray at the Accident and Emergency Department of your local hospital. Wherever possible, collect names of people who have witnessed your accident and ensure that the incident is recorded in the appropriate “Accident Report Book”. Once your injuries have been attended to, you should contact a solicitor in respect of making a falling object injury compensation claim.
Making a Falling Object Injury Compensation Claim
It is far better to make a claim for falling object compensation with the assistance of a solicitor, rather than trying to attempt it by yourself. The application form to the Injuries Board Ireland does not guide you through any more than the basic facts of the accident, and your solicitor will be able to advise you what special damages you are entitled to receive in your falling object injury claim.
A solicitor will also be able to provide information on how to proceed should the negligent party fail to admit responsibility for your injuries or claim that you contributed to them by your own actions. Both these outcomes would result in the Injuries Board Ireland declining your application form for falling object injury compensation and issuing you with an authorisation to pursue your claim in court.
Whereas that may not be an outcome which you particularly welcome, few falling object injury compensation claims are ever presented in court, as your solicitor will negotiate on your behalf to receive an adequate compensation settlement award from the negligent party´s insurance company – a task he would also perform if the assessment by the Injuries Board Ireland of your falling object injury compensation claim was unacceptable to either party.
Free Injury Compensation Advice
If you or a loved one has sustained a falling object injury due to the negligence of a third party, you should contact our free injury compensation advice service to establish whether you have a falling object injury compensation claim which is worth your while to pursue. You may be unaware of who the negligent party is, or may have already been contacted by their insurance company with an offer of early settlement – in any event, it is always in your best interests to get informed legal advice.
The number to call is 1800 989 995, and our lines are open seven days a week from 8.00am to 10.00pm. You will be able to discuss your falling object injury compensation claim with an experienced solicitor, who will answer any questions you have on the subject and provide you with helpful and practical advice. All calls to our free injury compensation advice service are completely confidential and you are under no obligation to proceed with a falling object injury compensation claim once you have spoken with us.
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What to Expect When You Call
We acknowledge that many people may be a little nervous when they first call our injury compensation advice service, but we know that you or a loved one have recently been in a serious accident and will be courteous and understanding throughout our conversation.
We will ask you to tell us how your accident occurred, what injuries you sustained and how they were treated at the time. It will have to be reflected in your falling object injury claim for compensation if you are still undergoing treatment to ensure that any costs can be integrated into the claim.
Your settlement of falling object injury compensation will also have to account for any costs you or a family member has incurred in seeking medical treatment and any loss of earnings, if you have been unable to work because of your injuries. Should there be any other areas of your life which have been affected by your accident we would like to hear about those too.
We will try to establish during our initial discussion whether you have a falling object injury compensation claim which is worth your while to pursue, give you information about the processes involved and, wherever possible, an indication of how much falling object injury compensation we would expect you to receive.
We usually conclude each initial conversation by offering you a list of options to consider. You are under no obligation to act on any of our suggestions and may wish to discuss them with family and friends before proceeding with a claim for falling object injury compensation. However, you first step should be to give us a call.
Claims for falling injury compensation can become time-barred if left too long between the date of your injury and filing a claim. So call 1800 989 995 at your earliest convenience or complete our call-back form at the foot of the page and one of our expert personal injury solicitors will get back in touch with you.