Chicago Crane Collapse Lawyers
Have you been hurt in an accident involving a crane collapse on the job site? The workplace accident lawyers of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC are here to help. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), roughly 6.5 million people work at 252,000 construction sites across the country. Due to the inherently dangerous nature of the job, each of these workers has an increased risk of being involved in an accident every day he or she drives to the construction site, puts on a helmet, and gets to work. If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction accident, Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC is here to help in your time of need.
Along with hammers, nails, and lumber, one necessary and common piece of equipment you’ll find at a majority of construction sites is a crane. While these tools are incredibly useful for completing a variety of difficult tasks at a site, they can be dangerous and potentially deadly when they are used negligently or not properly maintained. Seeing these powerful machines towering above skylines in every major city, it’s hard to envision a scenario where they collapse or fall over and the destruction they would cause to those operating the crane and in the surrounding areas.
As one of the largest pieces of equipment at a construction site, the importance of properly operating and maintaining cranes is magnified tenfold. The sheer force of a crane hitting the ground and striking unsuspected workers or passersby could cause serious and life-altering injuries. In many cases, these injuries can be catastrophic, ranging from bone fractures to traumatic brain injuries, and in severe cases, death. Recovering from these types of injuries can take months and even years. In some cases, the injuries can be so serious that the victims never fully recover and spend the rest of their lives bedridden or in wheelchairs, unable to ever work again.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a crane collapse accident that was the result of someone else’s negligent actions, you may require a lifetime of medical care. The financial burden brought on by these actions can leave you in a state of despair, not knowing how you’ll pay for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, or other expenses related to your injuries. That’s why you need a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer on your side every step of the way. To learn more about your legal options and rights, contact the Chicago crane collapse lawyers at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC today by calling 312-346-8620 or by filling out an online form. We are committed to helping you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Common Injuries Caused by Crane Collapse
Construction is a necessity in every major city in America. Everywhere you look, construction workers are operating heavy machinery (like cranes) to repair sidewalks and other types of property or construct brand new office buildings, apartment complexes, and skyscrapers. Because of the cranes’ size and complexity to operate for even well-trained and seasoned construction workers, one wrong move or small defect can result in devastating consequences that can upend you and your loved ones’ lives forever.
Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer and law firm gives you the luxury of virtually unlimited resources to investigate the cause of your accident and hold the negligent individual or company responsible. Some of the most common causes of injuries associated with crane accidents include the following:
- Workers struck in the head from dropped overhead loads
- Standing in the swing radius of the crane
- Crane boom or load line comes in contact with overhead power line
- Boom buckling
- Faulty or damaged wire rope, chains, and hooks
- Overloading the crane past the load limit, causing it to tip over or collapse
- Careless crane operation
- Cranes that aren’t properly setup
- Poor manufacturing or design
Injuries caused by any of the above scenarios can be extremely serious and may include broken bones, internal injuries, or traumatic brain injuries and lead to a lifelong disability or even death. When these accidents occur due to someone else’s negligent actions, you need to take legal action to hold the party responsible.
From truck cranes to tower cranes, and every kind in between, the attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC have decades of experience fighting for injured workers or families who have lost loved ones in construction accidents. And while we know that no amount of money can make you whole again or bring back a loved one killed in an accident, it can ensure you don’t suffer financially as well.
It’s a common misconception that workers are covered by workers’ compensation insurance for these types of accidents. While you can receive workers’ compensation benefits to help pay for medical costs and a portion of lost wages, the benefits do not cover all of your lost wages or your loss of ability to earn money in the future due to your injuries.
Additionally, some insurance companies fight hard and employ unethical tricks to help themselves avoid paying you the full amount you deserve. That’s why you need a skilled legal representative to investigate every aspect of your case and get you the financial compensation you need to pay for the following:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Prescription costs
- Rehabilitation costs
- Travel costs to and from all appointments
- Pain and suffering
- Psychological trauma
- Lost wages
- Inability to return to work
- Wrongful death
If your accident was caused by a severe instance of negligence or recklessness, you may be able to receive additional compensation in punitive damages. Don’t waste another moment worrying about how you’re going to pay for bills and other costs related to your accident. We won’t rest until you receive the full amount you deserve to help avoid bankruptcy or financial ruin.
This can be an incredibly trying and emotional time in your life. Suffering the types of serious and debilitating injuries common to crane accidents can leave you and your family devastated physically, emotionally, and financially. At Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, our team of Chicago construction accident lawyers will work tirelessly to determine the cause of your accident, find out who is responsible, and recover every penny you deserve. Contact us today at 312-346-8620 and schedule a free and confidential consultation with a legal representative to discuss your rights and options moving forward.