On behalf of Mike Clancy
Life is unpredictable. At any point in time something unexpected can happen to us, both good and bad. Several people were recently involved in an incident that no one likely predicted. As rare and unpredictable as the event may have been, the injury that was suffered by one person was very real and is of the type that has the potential to lead to compensation under a personal injury claim.
This particular incident didn’t occur in Chicago, but this type of harm could happen anywhere in which a construction site is located in close proximity to pedestrian traffic. On this particular day, pedestrians were shocked when the blade from a large saw flung out in front of them and hit a woman walking on the street.
The construction site was located right next to a walkway that was filled with people going about their day when the blade “came shooting down the sidewalk,” as one witness described it. The pedestrian said that he heard the construction workers and other witnesses screaming in the hopes that he would notice the blade measuring three feet flying towards him.
This man was able to avoid a collision that was so close he said he could hear it miss him “by that much.” He missed a collision, but a woman nearby wasn’t able to get out of the way in time. The blade sliced through a tree and still carried enough momentum to hit the woman and slice her thigh open.
No matter how rare the circumstances of a premises liability case might be, the injuries are very real for the victims. Understanding which insurance company to notify, whether damages might be available from the construction company or the individual worker using the saw at the time or whether this type of an incident is an issue of premises liability isn’t something that they have to figure out on their own.
Source: NBC, “Flying Buzzsaw Blade Hits Pedestrian in Manhattan,” May 27, 2014