Matt VanOrden Pearl River: Volunteer Firefighter Matt VanOrden Injured In Pearl River Water Well Collapse Accident At Home On West Washington Avenue –> Support The Victim Through Go Fund Me
PEARL RIVER, NEW YORK (December 7, 2019) – A volunteer firefighter identified as Matt VanOrden was injured after falling 30 – 35 feet into an unused water well at a home on West Washington Avenue.
New York State Police are saying that Matt VanOrden was inspecting the driveway for a job when the ground suddenly collapsed beneath him. Investigators indicated that there was a large sinkhole along the side of the driveway in between the two properties.
Firefighters and paramedics were rushed to the scene in order to rescue Matt VanOrden. It took a full four hours before he was eventually able to be removed from the hole.
He was taken to the Westchester Medical Center in order to receive treatment for leg and back injuries. An investigation into the cause of the Rockland County sinkhole accident remains ongoing at this time.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up for Matt VanOrden who sustained severe injuries and has had to undergo multiple surgeries as a result of the fall.
Liability In Pearl River Floor Collapse Accidents
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, The leading causes of private sector worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than half (59.9%) the construction worker deaths in 2017, BLS reports.” Construction workers that survive fall accidents are typically left with very serious injuries including:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Compound fractures
- Head injuries
General contractors have a non-delegable duty to protect workers from gravity related accidents under New York Labor Law 240(1). In short, steps must be taken to make sure that workers are properly trained and given adequate protective gear to prevent falls. Construction sites must also be made safe from potential fall hazards. If a construction company opens up a well or a hole of some sort they must take measures to cover it up to prevent workers from falling inside.
Any person that is injured after falling while on the job may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. New York state construction general liability requirements are typically $1,000,000 per instance and $2,000,000 in aggregate. This is designed to help workers with lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A construction accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Help After Pearl River Fall Accident
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extend our thoughts and prayers to Matt VanOrden who was injured in this accident along West Washington Avenue. Any person that may have knowledge about what happened should reach out to the Pearl River police department. It is our sincere hope that measures are taken to prevent additional accidents like this. We strongly encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me page set up to help with his medical bills.
If you or someone that you know has been injured after falling down an unused well there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at 212-471-5106.