Falling Object Accidents

Working in the maritime industry often means having to contend with heavy and dangerous equipment, less than ideal environment factors, and long hours performing hard physical labor. Whether on a cargo vessel, offshore drilling rig, or at port, maritime professionals can be seriously injured or killed when struck by falling objects.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a falling object at work, contact The Krist Law Firm, P.C. to find out whether a claim against your employer is in your best interests. We have a history of successful recovery in these types of cases, including a $15,120,000 recovery for a lineman struck by a deteriorated steel cable that fell and hit his head. Call us today at .

Causes of Falling Object Accidents

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 50,000 U.S. workers are struck by falling objects every year. Maritime workers can be struck by falling or flying objects in many situations. Falling object accidents can be caused by any of the following factors:

  • Improperly maintained equipment
  • Improperly secured equipment
  • Defective equipment or machinery
  • Human error such as poor communication between workers, distracted workers, or crew members being negligent in the performance of their duties
  • Inadequately trained or inexperienced workers
  • Workers were not provided with proper safety gear
  • Poor workplace design
  • Environmental conditions such as high winds, rough seas, extreme weather

Falling Object Injuries

Workers who are struck or crushed by falling object can suffer catastrophic injuries. In 2014 alone, the largest proportion of fatal injuries were due to workers being struck by falling objects or equipment. The most common injuries workers sustained in falling object accidents include:

  • Severe neck, back, and spinal cord injuries
  • Crushed or amputated extremities
  • Mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injuries
  • Partial or complete paralysis
  • Damaged ligaments

The Krist Law Firm, P.C. understands how devastating your injuries may be. You may be unsure of what to do next. We will help you obtain the help you need to begin recovering from your injuries.

Compensation After You’re Injured

The vast majority of accidents involving falling objects are preventable with the proper safety measures. If a maritime employer fails to ensure that equipment is properly maintained or secured, that workers are adequately trained, or otherwise fails to provide safe working conditions, they may be held liable for negligence.

If you were hurt in a falling object accident as a result of unsafe working conditions, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses. Through a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to obtain compensation for your past and future:

  • Medical costs
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Physical pain
  • Physical limitations
  • Disfigurement
  • Mental anguish

Understanding Maritime Laws

If you’re considering a maritime accident lawsuit, it’s important to be aware that a unique set of laws may apply to maritime accidents and injuries. Laws and doctrines that may impact your claim include:

  • The Jones Act
  • The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
  • The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
  • The Death on the High Seas Act
  • Maintenance and Cure
  • Unseaworthiness
  • State and Federal Laws

In order to be successful in your lawsuit, you must file your claim under the right combination of maritime laws. This is why it is important to speak with a qualified maritime accident attorney who can explain how maritime laws may apply to your case.

How Our Houston Maritime Accident Lawyers Can Help

The skilled and knowledgeable team of Houston personal injury lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. have decades of experience handling a broad range of maritime accident cases throughout Texas. We are ready to put our resources and experience to work for you, guide you through the legal process, and fight for the maximum possible compensation in your case.

If you choose to work with us, we will immediately begin investigating whether your falling object accident may have been caused by someone else’s negligence. We will research the facts surrounding an accident, speak with relevant witnesses, collect and thoroughly review important evidence, and consult with a network of maritime industry experts.

The Krist Law Firm, P.C. is proud of our work representing victims of maritime accidents throughout Houston and the state of Texas. Contact us today at for a free consultation. You don’t owe us anything unless we obtain compensation for your case.