Statistics show that construction is a line of work that carries a high potential for injury. That risk is particularly high when construction companies take shortcuts in training, fail to provide proper safety equipment, or neglect routine maintenance and upkeep of construction equipment.
Because construction accidents have a tendency to result in catastrophic injuries or death, reckless or negligent actions on a construction site can put people’s lives at risk. Damages from construction accidents are likely to be especially severe when construction equipment is involved.
Here, the experienced attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm discuss construction accidents involving cranes, and how our Melbourne, FL clients can be impacted by damages in these accidents.
Causes of Crane Accidents
In most cases, adequate training and adherence to proper safety guidelines can prevent or drastically reduce the risk of crane accidents. While this general neglect is an underlying cause of most crane accidents, some of the more specific causes of crane accidents include:
- Crane rigging failures or other mechanical malfunctions
- Crane collisions with buildings, objects, power lines, or people
- Dropping heavy equipment
- Improper crane selection
- Using the crane in inclement weather
- Improper crane setup
- Failing to comply with the manufacturer’s specifications for crane use
Crane Accident Injuries
Cranes are heavy pieces of machinery that can cause severe damage and catastrophic injuries in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, many people involved in crane accidents do not survive their injuries.
Those who do are likely to suffer from serious injuries that can limit their mobility, inhibit their cognitive functions, or compromise their quality of life. While some of the effects of a crane injury will resolve in a short amount of time, other consequences can be long-term or lifelong.
Some potential crane accident injuries include:
- Head or neck injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back or spinal cord injury
- Organ damage or failure
Compensation for Damages
Anyone injured in a crane accident can expect to suffer significant losses. Aside from the physical and emotional pain that is often associated with injuries, victims can anticipate serious financial hardships.
Most crane accident injuries require costly medical treatment and, often, long-term rehabilitative care. In addition, it is unlikely that accident victims will be able to work while they recover from their injuries, which can further exacerbate the financial strain of the injury. If injuries are severe, the accident victim may never be able to return to the field of construction.
All accident victims deserve to be compensated for the physical, emotional, and financial losses that they suffer as the result of a construction accident involving a crane. Our attorneys will gather the evidence necessary to prove liability so that the responsible parties can be held accountable. We will fight hard to ensure that all damages are accounted for when settling a construction accident case.
If you have been injured in a construction accident, the experienced attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm can protect your legal rights. Contact us to discuss the details of your case and learn more about your legal options. Call (321) 308-8020 at your earliest convenience to set up a personal consultation.