Cranes are typically the largest and heaviest pieces of equipment used at construction sites, and also the most dangerous. A crane's ability to hoist a heavy load, swing in any direction and raise it high overhead is critical to most construction jobs, but also poses significant dangers to crane operators, dock workers and nearby construction workers on the construction site. Even a slight miscalculation when moving a crane can lead to serious injury or death.
At Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC, we understand the way a crane accident can place major emotional and financial burdens on both injured workers and their loved ones. Medical bills add up quickly, forcing accident victims or family members to carry the burden of arranging medical care, physical therapy appointments, and managing medical expenses all at once.
If you or a loved one have suffered from a crane injury due to a construction accident, it is critically important to seek legal representation from a personal injury lawyer who can skillfully navigate your case, as well as one who will also approach the attorney-client relationship with care and sensitivity. Our personal injury attorney is here to help you with a free, no obligation in-office consultation. Contact us now at 212-240-9465 to get the wheels of justice spinning for you.
What are the Common Causes of Crane Accidents?
Due to the hazardous nature of the construction industry, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) sets forth standards to ensure safety on construction job sites. Unfortunately, many construction companies cut corners, and do not properly abide by OSHA standards. Tragically, the failure to follow these standards can lead to severe injury or fatalities for accident victims.
Violations of crane safety standards include:
- Improperly setting up the crane and crane collapse.
- Failing to choose the appropriate crane for the job.
- Failure to be aware of the crane's operational limits.
- Using the crane outside of the manufacturer's specifications.
- Failing to clean up the area around the crane operation.
- Making contact with power lines, leading to electrocution.
Failure to adhere to OSHA standards can lead directly to crane-related accidents and serious injury. If you believe your OSHA rights are being violated, you have the right to speak up without fear of retaliation. A personal injury lawyer can assist you with your OSHA claim to protect your rights and to help you receive fair compensation.
What are the most Common Work Injuries Caused by Crane Accidents?
Victims of crane accidents suffer from many kinds of catastrophic injuries. Some of the most common crane accident injuries include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries– Uncontrolled hoisted loads may lead falling objects to strike nearby construction workers in the head, causing significant brain trauma.
- Spinal Cord Injuries– Crane accidents, such as falling out of the cab of the crane or being caught in the moving mechanisms of the crane, commonly lead to spinal cord injuries.
- Electrocution – If a crane touches or collides with live power lines, the metal boom can become a conduit for electricity, leading to electrocution.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a crane accident, contact an experienced crane accident lawyer to discuss your injury case.
How a Crane Accident Lawyer Can Help?
Many injured construction workers mistakenly believe that they will not be able to file a legal claim against a negligent party because they have already filed a workers' compensation claim with their employer. However, workers' compensation only prevents you from filing a claim against your employer. If your injury was caused by a negligent third party, such as a sub-contractor, other tradesperson, manufacturer or property owner, the third party can be held liable for your injuries.
Unfortunately, workers' compensation benefits are often insufficient to relieve the financial burden caused by your injury and the accrued medical bills. Therefore, it is critically important to contact experienced construction accident lawyers to see if third-party liability applies to your injury claim and to understand your legal options. Think about this way: If you were injured in a car accident, truck accident, slip and fall accident, etc. you would be able to bring a claim for personal injury damages against the person who injured you in any of those instances. So too, with a crane accident. You may be able to bring a third party negligence claim against the person or entity responsible for your injuries.
Contact a Personal Injury Crane Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been involved in a crane accident and is injured, then you should receive financial compensation for your injuries. Finding the appropriate legal counsel will ensure that your legal rights will be explained to you and that you get the medical care you need in a timely and cost-effective manner.
A skilled attorney will advocate on your behalf to obtain the maximum compensation allowed for your injuries, as you may need to pay for other expenses such as out of pocket medical expenses, nursing care, etc. Many cases can be resolved without going to trial, but having an attorney on your side will ensure that you will have someone who is well prepared to fight in court on your behalf. Familiarity with your case enables an attorney to plead your case diligently in court and achieve successful verdicts.
Some lawsuits must be filed before an impending expiration date, known as the Statute of Limitations. Call or contact us right away to ensure that you do not waive your rights to money damages or other benefits.
If you have been injured in a Crane Accident or any type of construction accident in New York or New Jersey, contact us now at 212-240-9465 to get the wheels of justice spinning for you!
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