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Philadelphia Crane Accidents at Construction Sites

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Crane Accident Attorney PACrane accidents at construction sites have the potential to result in very serious injury or death. Some accidents are unavoidable, but others are definitely the fault of a third party, such as the crane owner, operator, or manufacturer. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a crane accident, you might be entitled to financial compensation. Contact The Levin Firm today at for a free consultation.

The Causes of Crane Accidents

The attorneys at the Philadelphia, PA law firm of The Levin Firm understand that some common causes of an injury from a crane accident can include the following:

  • high wind,
  • power line contact,
  • overturning
  • lifting device failures
  • rigging failures
  • dropped loads
  • boom collapse
  • operator error

Our lawyers know that construction employers are responsible for ensuring that an operator of a crane has been properly trained and that the conditions for operating the machinery are safe so that a crane accident does not occur. Most crane accidents could be prevented by the imposition of safety measures and practices. You have a right to recover for all your injuries against the parties that did not take appropriate measures to ensure your safety.

Common Injuries Caused by Crane Accidents

At The Levin Firm, we’ve helped many construction workers receive financial compensation from third parties responsible for their injuries. Although some workers can walk away from a crane accident unhurt, others suffer devastating injuries, such as:

  • Crushed limbs
  • Amputation of limbs or digits
  • Electrocution
  • Paralysis
  • Concussion or other traumatic brain injuries
  • Death

These injuries not only require medical treatment costing tens of thousands of dollars (or more), but many victims are unable to return to work. When your family loses one of its breadwinners, you will need financial compensation to help you prepare for the future. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney today to review whether you are entitled to financial compensation.

Crane Accidents and Workers’ Compensation

In Pennsylvania, employees are not allowed to sue their employers if they receive workers’ compensation benefits. There are many advantages to the workers’ compensation system—you receive medical care and a partial replacement of lost wages quickly and without any need to prove that your employer did something wrong. Unfortunately, in exchange for those benefits, you give up the right to sue your employer. And workers’ compensation benefits rarely cover your entire medical costs or replace all of your lost wages.

For example, the maximum you can receive in total disability benefits is two-thirds of your weekly wage. If you made $600 a week, then you are only entitled to $400 a week in total disability benefits—a serious drop in income at a time when you are too injured to get another job to pay your bills. Furthermore, total disability payments are only paid out for a maximum of 2 years, which again leaves you unable to support your family once your benefits run out.

Nevertheless, injured workers can still sue third parties, such as crane manufacturers, general contractors, and subcontractors to obtain compensation. If you succeed in your lawsuit, you might be able to become fully compensated for your injuries above what workers’ comp benefits will pay out. At The Levin Firm, we’ll carefully review your case to identify any third parties responsible for your injuries and will help you hold them accountable by suing them in an appropriate court.

What Kind of Compensation Can I Receive?

When you sue a third party, like a crane manufacturer or a property owner, you can receive full compensation for your injuries—all medical expenses, all lost wages, and all lost future wages (if you can’t work the same job because of the crane accident). You won’t need to rely on the skimpy payout from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer to make ends meet.

You can also receive financial compensation for certain intangible injuries that have seriously impacted your life, such as:

  • physical pain and suffering
  • emotional distress
  • disfigurement
  • loss of enjoyment of life
  • changes in your marital relationship, such as loss of sexual intimacy

These intangible injuries can be difficult to prove, and juries are sometimes skeptical about awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars to someone because they claim to be in a lot of emotional distress. At The Levin Firm, we will work diligently to build a convincing case that explains your injuries to the jury in a way they can understand. For example, we’ll interview your family members to learn how your mood or personality has changed since the crane accident. We will also gather medical evidence of your physical pain, such as your prescription drug bottles and possibly interview your therapist or counselor.

Factors We Consider

Construction sites can be very dangerous places, especially when heavy pieces of equipment, such as cranes, are in use. The fact that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules for crane operation have not been updated since 1971 also contributes to the high injury and fatality rates attached to crane accidents. The United States Department of Labor estimates that as many as 82 deaths occur each year as a result of crane accidents, and states that future accidents could be prevented by updating the OSHA standards.

It is important to contact an attorney right away if you have been injured at a construction site. The nature of a construction site is that it is constantly changing, and it is important that the site is investigated, observed and photographed in the same condition that it was in when you were injured. Property owners may try to fix the dangerous condition or cover it up, or it may be eliminated on its own as part of the original construction plans. That’s why you need an attorney who will work quickly and efficiently to ensure that you have the strongest case possible so that you can fully recover for your injuries.

As part of our case analysis, you will consider whether any third party is responsible for your injuries. For example, we will look for the following:

  • Whether the crane was defective, damaged, or poorly designed
  • If the crane operator had sufficient training to operate the crane at the worksite
  • Whether there was sufficient supervision or oversight of the crane operator at the worksite
  • Whether the crane was operated by someone without permission

If any of these factors are present, we’ll fully document it so that you can present credible evidence to the jury that someone else is to blame for your injuries. For example, we might interview other construction workers or take photographs or video of the crane. Some information can only be obtained after filing your lawsuit, but don’t worry—The Levin Firm will create a detailed discovery plan to get all of the available evidence that we need.

What If I’m Partially at Fault for the Accident?

As part of our case review, we might uncover that your own actions contributed somewhat to the accident and your injuries. For example, you might have been the crane operator involved in the accident. It’s still possible that you were injured because of someone else’s safety lapse, but at the same time you might also have made a mistake when operating the crane.

In Pennsylvania, accident victims can still receive compensation even if they are partially to blame for their accidents. You can still receive compensation so long as you are not more responsible than all other people combined. For example, if your share of the blame is 50% or less, you can still sue. However, if you are 51% responsible, you will not be able to receive compensation for your injuries.

Representing clients who were injured in crane accidents requires a team of aggressive investigators and lawyers all devoting their maximum effort to their clients. At The Levin Firm, our Pennsylvania and New Jersey personal injury attorneys work together with a team of investigators and support staff to investigate every claim so that we may aggressively and zealously represent our clients and obtain the best possible results.

Contact a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Construction Accident Lawyer Today

Injured workers don’t have an unlimited amount of time to file a lawsuit against third parties responsible for their worksite injuries. Instead, Pennsylvania law gives you only 2 years from the date of the accident, so it is in your best interest to reach out to a Philadelphia construction accident lawyer now. When you need a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or New Jersey personal injury attorney to represent you, a family member or friend who has been in a crane accident, contact The Levin Firm, who represent every client zealously in order to obtain the best results possible in each case. Contact us at 215-825-5183 or fill out our online contact form. Don’t delay.

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