The Danger of Falling Debris: What Chicagoans Needs to Know

September 9, 2014

How often do you look up when you walk the streets of Chicago? Do you worry about things falling from the sky and causing you harm? It might not be a danger that you think of often, but it is one that you might want to consider going forward.

Consider What Happened to One Chicago Woman and Her Family

On Thursday September 4, 2014, a mother of two was walking to lunch with her fiancé in Chicago’s South Loop. As she walked by the Second Presbyterian Church on South Michigan Avenue, a piece of decorative metal broke loose and hit a stone gargoyle. A portion of the gargoyle broke off and fell, hitting the woman in the head. She died at the scene, with her fiancé by her side. She is survived by her fiancé, her two children ages 10 and 14, and other relatives and friends.

Other Dangers That Lurk Above

It isn’t only falling gargoyles that you have to watch for as you walk Chicago’s sidewalks. You should also be aware of the following types of hazards:

  • Construction rubbish
  • Debris from trucks
  • Objects falling from rooftops where people are gathered
  • Pieces of buildings that may fall after a significant weather event, because of poor construction, or because of old age

 

Many types of accidents involving falling debris are possible, and it is important to know what to do if you are injured. If you have been hurt, or if you have lost a loved one because of falling debris, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal rights and possible recovery. You can do that by starting a live chat, calling us directly, or filling out our online contact form today.

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