Objects that are placed overhead pose a risk to anyone who may pass by. In stores, shelves are often several feet taller than the average person and heavy objects may be stacked precariously above. In the workplace, large objects may be stored on shelves to make space. Construction sites are full of equipment and other objects that may be used at heights above other workers, putting workers at risk if the object is in danger of falling. In airplanes, luggage and packages are stored overhead during flight if they do not fit below the seat in front of you.
All of these scenarios are examples of how overhead objects pose a risk in everyday life. It is easy for customers, workers, and others to not notice an overhead object, since people rarely look directly up while walking, shopping, or working. You may be walking down an aisle, looking for a particular product, and may not even notice a large box balanced dangerously overhead. Even small, light objects that fall from a high shelf can hurt a person below. An individual hit by a falling overhead object may suffer from head trauma, neck or back injury, fractured or broken bones, or other serious injuries.
Overhead object injuries typically fall under the classification of law called premises liability. Under premises liability, the owner of a property has a responsibility to take reasonable actions to keep visitors safe. If an employee unsafely stores a box overhead or a worker drops an object from above and someone is injured, the property owner may be liable and you may be entitled to compensation for injuries and damages.
For more information on overhead object injuries and liability, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C. today at 877-948-4842.