Injuries on construction and manufacturing sites can have devastating consequences, and injuries caused by crane collapses can be especially severe. According to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), from 2011 to 2015 there were 220 crane-related fatalities, 44 per year on average.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crane accident, it’s important to hire a law firm with the knowledge and resources to successfully resolve your case. Morgan & Morgan has decades of experience filing lawsuits in response to workplace injuries, including those suffered on construction sites.
Common Causes of Crane Accidents
Here are some of the most common causes of crane accident injuries:
- Crane contact with electrified power lines
- Boom or crane collapse
- Overturned crane
- Dropped loads
- Crushed by counterweight
- Rigging failure
- Crane collision with building
A number of factors can contribute to crane accidents. An attorney can help determine the cause of the crane collapse and who was at fault. Potential contributing factors may include the following:
- Improper crane setup or maintenance
- Lack of documented inspections or safety certifications
- Unqualified crane operators
- Failure to follow safety guidelines and operating instructions
- Lack of guidance or supervision by the employer
What to Do After a Crane Injury
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crane-related accident, you should:
- Receive prompt medical attention for any injuries;
- Report injuries to the employer or manager and note who was told;
- Gather statements and contact information from witnesses who saw the collapse;
- Take photographs of the injury, scene of the injury, and any relevant equipment;
- Contact an attorney to discuss your legal options.
Recovering compensation after an accident can be difficult. That’s why it’s important to track all medical expenses and keep a record of all available evidence (correspondence, photos, witness statements, etc.).
Liability in Crane Collapses
Determining legal fault (or “liability”) in crane collapse lawsuits can be tricky. A successful case depends on proving that an employer, contractor, or equipment manufacturer breached a duty of care. Most individuals can’t prove this on their own, so they need an attorney with experience handling these types of claims.
A good lawyer will gather and evaluate all available evidence to determine who was at fault, then build the strongest case possible in order to achieve a fair settlement or a favorable jury verdict.
How an Attorney Can Help
An attorney can handle all the tedious aspects of a crane collapse lawsuit so the injured person can focus on getting better. They serve as an advocate, guiding the case from start to finish and making sure the client receives full and fair compensation for their injuries. These damages may include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of life’s enjoyment
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses
A number of parties could be held liable for a crane injury, including construction site owners, general contractors, sub-contractors, and manufacturers of faulty equipment. An attorney can analyze medical records, the construction site, witness statements, and other evidence is required to determine liability. They can also determine which state and federal laws apply to each case.
Get Started Today
If you’ve been injured in a crane accident, you may be entitled to compensation for damages related to your injuries. Our attorneys have been successfully filing these types of lawsuits for more than 30 years. We have the reputation, resources, and resilience to take your case all the way to court if necessary. To date, we’ve recovered more than $9 billion for our clients.
If you think you may have a crane collapse lawsuit, contact Morgan & Morgan today for a free, no-obligation consultation.