The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that at any given time in the United States, there are over 250,000 crane operators and 175,000 cranes in operation on construction sites and on loading docks. Cranes are intrinsically important pieces of industrial equipment but they are also one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment on a construction site. If safety protocols are not followed, crane accidents will happen and most injuries stemming from crane accidents are very severe and frequently fatal.
Some of the most common injuries incurred in a crane accident are:
- Broken bones and organ damage
- Traumatic brain injuries and head injuries
- Crush injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Full or partial paralysis
- Back injuries
Generally, injuries sustained in a crane accident happen when a worker is struck by an object that has fallen off a crane. Approximately 10% of crane accident injuries are actually suffered by the crane operator. Bystanders and other construction or dock workers are usually at the greatest risk. When cranes are used improperly, they can tip over, collide with other pieces of equipment or workers, interfere with electrical lines and cause objects to fall and injure or kill those on the ground.
Because these injuries can be catastrophic and result in millions of dollars for emergency trauma care and other medically-related treatment, and because it may be challenging to accurately pinpoint who is responsible for the accident, it is imperative to seek the legal services of an attorney who has experience in these types of cases. Victims who are seriously injured deserve compensation for the costs associated with hospitalization, surgical procedures, medications, home health care, rehabilitation and other treatment modalities. If the injuries are permanent, they may never be able to return to work. The pain and suffering endured by victims and their families can be devastating.
Contact the experienced, knowledgeable and skilled attorneys at Finkelstein & Partners, LLP if you or a loved one has been injured in a crane accident. They are waiting to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us at 800-529-2676 or email [email protected].