Construction Accidents Involving Cranes
There always seems to be some sort of construction going on in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The construction of these buildings can be extremely dangerous, which is why certain safety precautions are put into place. Should these safety regulations be ignored, the lives of workers and other individuals in the surrounding area can be at serious risk.
Cranes are complicated machines, which are difficult to operate, even for a well-trained and experienced crane operator. A minor defect or small error can have disastrous consequences. Crane accidents often result in very serious injuries and even death. These accidents often happen due to an employer’s failure to provide employees with the proper training or inadequately maintaining machinery.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction accident where a crane was involved, The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson can help you retrieve compensation for your losses. While you recover from your injuries or grieve for your loved one, we will fight vigorously to defend your rights and recover the compensation that you deserve. With more than 25 years of experience handling personal injury claims, our law team works tirelessly for our clients.
Contact us today to schedule a free evaluation of your crane accident case. During this first consultation, we can help you determine the legal options you have following the crane accident that caused your injuries or the loss of your loved one.
Crane Accident Personal Injury Claims
We can handle every type of construction/crane accident — no matter if the operator or equipment is as fault.
- Operator error
- Overloaded cranes
- Improper load balances
- General negligence
- Equipment defects
- Defective cranes
- Improper assembly
- Improper maintenance
Additionally, our team has experience with claims involving various types of cranes including truck cranes, tower cranes, and the like.
What We Can Do
The investigatory process is important for a number of reasons. The most important of which is to understand the situation completely, and to determine the cause of the accident. Individuals and companies should be held accountable for their actions; this is a belief that our law team works hard to uphold. We can help you thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the crane accident that caused you to sustain injuries or your loved one’s death. We can investigate crane accidents that involve:
- Impact and crush injuries caused by dropped loads and boom buckling.
- Electrocution caused by contact with overhead power lines.
- Tip-overs caused by crane overloading, improper crane setup, bad design or careless operation.
Any of these types of accidents can have severe and even deadly consequences. While money won’t bring a loved one back or undo permanent injuries that were sustained due to a crane accident, it can help cover for the unexpected losses that go along with severe injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one. You have every right to file an injury or wrongful death claim to recover these losses.
The opposition may not be interested in delivering a fair compensation settlement, which is why it is important that you show them that you mean business. Insurance companies know that crane accidents can involve significant injuries and other devastating damages, which is why they will often use every trick in the book to avoid paying you the full amount of compensation that you are entitled to. Our extensive investigation will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to discover the truth. We will make sure you are awarded a fair settlement based on client injuries and losses so you are not left with severe injuries and extravagant costs that you cannot afford to pay.
Our attorneys know how to deal with insurance companies that are reluctant to give a fair amount of compensation. Should a settlement be unreachable, then we will be fully prepared to take the matter to court. Want to find out if you have a case? We would be happy to assess your case.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will workers’ compensation cover my losses after my crane accident?
If your employer has workers’ compensation insurance, it should cover all of your medical costs and a part of your lost wages. However, workers’ compensation does not completely cover lost wages or a loss of earning capacity caused by your accident. It also doesn’t compensate for other losses that you may have suffered, such as those due to pain and suffering, mental trauma, loss of enjoyment and other economic and non-economic costs. If you have been severely injured in a crane accident, you may be able to sue your employer outside of workers’ compensation if their severe negligence, recklessness or intentionally wrongful conduct caused the accident. You may also be able to file a claim against a liable third-party, such as a manufacturer or distributor of defective machinery.
If I have lost a loved one in a crane accident, can I sue the responsible party?
According to Texas Law, the spouse, parents or children of the deceased can sue the negligent party responsible for their loved one’s death. If you’ve lost a loved one in a crane accident, this means that you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits to cover for funeral expenses and a part of the victim’s lost wages. If workers’ compensation doesn’t fully cover your losses, or there are other negligent parties involved in the accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the employer or any other negligent parties if gross negligence was involved.
Do I really need an attorney after my crane accident?
Because crane accidents can be complex and workers’ compensation often doesn’t fully compensate for your losses, it is in your best interest to hire an experienced crane accident attorney. An attorney with experience in crane accidents will help you thoroughly investigate your case and get you the compensation that you need to recover from your injuries or loss so that you can put your life back together.
Contact The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson
Feel free to call our office today to discuss your claim, free of charge. Call (972) 325-5302 or use the online contact form found here. Remember, we don’t charge you a thing unless we win. We’re passionate about helping clients get the compensation claims they deserve from their personal injury claims.