Due to their magnitude and the scale of the work they perform, cranes are extremely powerful tools in the construction industry – modern architecture would be impossible without them – but they are also extremely dangerous to the point where even the smallest slipup can result in serious injury or death to crane operators and to others on the work site. It is not uncommon for crane accident survivors to be left with permanent life-changing injuries along with exorbitant medical bills and other physical, mental, and financial issues.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crane accident, it is extremely important that you understand your rights and legal options. The experienced construction accident attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm have many years of experience helping clients in similar situations. We can provide you with legal advice and help you obtain full and fair compensation for your losses. Give our toll-free number a call today at (844) 979-0933 to receive a free, comprehensive consultation.
What Causes Crane Accidents?
Construction is among the most dangerous industries in the United States, particularly due to the number of heavy equipment and machinery that is involved in regular construction work. Cranes are especially hazardous because they are immense in size, difficult to operate, and require coordination between crane operators and ground crew to use in a safe and effective manner. A single moment of carelessness or malfunction can result in catastrophic consequences.
The common causal factors behind crane accidents – most of which can be attributed to human error – include:
- Inadequate training and experience operating a crane
- Slip and fall accidents on the crane or its rigging
- Poor communication among the crane crew and others around the crane
- Carrying an oversized load
- Setting up the crane on unstable ground
- Hitting an active electric line with the crane
- Faulty or defective crane machinery
Even with proper training, if safety regulations are ignored, or if the right crane is not used for the job, the risk of serious injury greatly increases.
Getting Compensation After a Crane Accident
Crane accident victims and their families have two primary sources of potential compensation. One option is to file a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ comp benefits are available to all qualifying employees for any work-related injury regardless of whether the employee was at fault for the incident or not. Claimants can receive medical and disability coverage along with death benefits through this program.
You may also file a third party liability lawsuit in addition to pursuing workers’ compensation benefits. However, this option is viable only if someone other than your employer or co-worker contributed to the accident. For instance, if the crane was defective, then you may sue the manufacturer.
It is highly advised that you explore your options with a qualified attorney to maximize your potential recovery.
Aggressive Crane Accident Lawyers in Southern California
At Wilshire Law Firm, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured construction workers and their families. Contact us today and let us help you pursue your claim and obtain maximum recovery.