As per the OSHA’s statistics, there are approximately 125,000 cranes in operation in the construction industry throughout the United States at any given time. Additionally, there are 80,000 to 100,000 cranes used in the maritime industry and in other general industries.
Due to various types of usage and size, the risk of injury or death while operating a crane is very high. The crane driver, other workers, and even people visiting the site are in danger of construction accidents caused by cranes.
The crane accident victim, as well as their surviving family members, may be entitled to benefits or compensation. There are two primary sources of potential compensation from crane accidents.
The first is a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation benefits are available to all covered workers for any on-the-job injury, regardless of whether the employer was negligent or the employee made a mistake. Workers’ compensation benefits the worker by providing full medical bills and appropriate costs. It allows injured workers to receive lost wages if their injuries caused them to miss work. It also pays disability benefits to those workers who are permanently or temporarily disabled and either cannot work, or must take a lighter-duty or lower-paying job. Workers’ compensation death benefits are also available to surviving dependents if the accident was fatal.
The second option is to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. A worker cannot file an injury lawsuit against the employer, as workers’ compensation is an exclusive remedy. However, if any third party was responsible for the injuries; such as the manufacturer of the crane, then a third-party lawsuit can be filed.
Being the largest piece of equipment on a construction site, cranes are responsible for more accidents than any other heavy equipment. OSHA has identified the top causes of injury as:
At the Dervishi Law Group, P.C., we understand the stress that you are under following a construction accident. Our Crane Accident Lawyers are excellent in navigating the intersections of workers’ compensation, labor, and accident law. We excel in identifying the responsible parties and bringing justice to the victims.
If you have been injured in a construction accident involving a crane, please contact our crane accident lawyer for a free consultation. You can call us at 718-619-4525 / (917) 300-0797 / 212-235-1447 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our service locations include New York City, Manhattan, Bronx, Westchester and the entire Tri-State area.