Whether or not you can file a personal injury claim after a crane accident will depend largely on how and where the accident happened. If you were on the job, then you may have a workers’ compensation claim. If you were a bystander, then you may have a straight personal injury claim. Read on to get some more information on these accidents or get the facts about your specific options by contacting The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Several Parties Could Be Defendants in the Lawsuit
The person or company responsible for the accident will depend on the accident itself. Anyone who can potentially be found at-fault for the accident can be named a defendant. This could include property management companies, architects, property owners, crane operators or maintenance workers, the manufacturer of the crane, the engineer, inspector, or contractor.
The Many Potential Causes of Crane Accidents
The specific cause of a crane accident could include negligence, product liability if the crane manufacturer made mistakes, premises liability in the event it was caused my danger at the property, or even the crane manufacturer if there were issues with the way the crane was designed.
You Could Be Eligible for Compensation for Various Damages After a Crane Accident
You could be eligible to receive compensation for damages related to property damage, medical bills, lost wages if you missed work, long-term care needs, in-home care needs, costs for ER treatment, medical supplies, loss of earning potential in the event of a serious injury, pain and suffering, compensation for loss of a limb, emotional distress, and loss of consortium.
Your Rights if You Were Injured by a Crane at Your Job
In the event that you were working at the time of the accident, then you may have limited options to file a lawsuit. However, the good news is that you likely have a workers’ compensation case. There are pros and cons to this option versus the personal injury route. The biggest advantage is that if you file workers compensation, you do not have to prove that anyone was at fault for the accident. It is enough to show that you were injured on the job and you will be covered – even if you were partially at fault.
However, it is often the case that a workers’ compensation case does not come with the same financial options you will get with a personal injury case. Most notably, you do not have access to pain and suffering. If you are interested in learning more about your options to file a personal injury claim, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.