Large cranes used in construction work are a common sight throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex as old buildings are renovated, new buildings are constructed, utility maintenance, and road or bridge repair work is done. As cranes have become more commonplace, however, so have serious accidents associated with them.
There are two main scenarios where an innocent passerby who is unaffiliated with the construction company may suffer a serious injury: injuries caused by a crane’s falling payload, or injuries called by a falling crane itself. In both scenarios, the accident was likely caused by recklessness or negligence by the crane operator and their employer. As a result, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation against the construction company and their insurance.
If a crane drops its load on someone below – or a crane topples, falls or overturns either against a building or into the street – extremely serious injuries are likely to occur. A person walking or driving below is likely to be crushed and may very likely be killed.
Some of the most common causes of crane accidents include overloading the crane, attempting to lift or maneuver unbalanced loads, operating a crane in unsafe weather conditions, operating a crane with insufficient training or experience, crane operator inattention, improper assembly or dismantling of a crane, rigging failure, crane collapse, and equipment defects.
Questions to consider following a crane-related accident are:
- Was the crane operator properly trained?
- Were all safety warnings followed?
- Were all crane manufacture limitations and guidelines followed?
- Was the crane thoroughly inspected prior to use?
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Dallas-Fort Worth crane accident, it is important that you consult with a Board Certified personal injury and wrongful death lawyer to learn about your legal right and options, and to request assistance to recover the full and fair compensation you are entitled to under Texas law. To talk with an attorney today, call the Anderson Law Firm toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.
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Injured Construction Workers
If you have been injured in a crane accident while on-the-job, you are most likely able to recover compensation through your employer’s workers comp policy. However, there may be times when you are able to recover additional compensation above and beyond any workers comp payouts. It is important that you speak with one of our lawyers today to find out whether you might be able to recover additional compensation. Examples of the types of cranes commonly involved in serious crane accidents include mobiles cranes, tower cranes, ariel cranes, overhead cranes, telescopic cranes, hammerhead cranes, deck cranes, cherry pickers, truck cranes, truck-mounted cranes, side-lift cranes, rough terrain cranes, all terrain cranes, marine and ship cranes, floating cranes, railroad yard cranes, manlifts, and bucket trucks.