Crane Accidents / Collapse
The size, weight and magnitude of a crane make it a dangerous piece of machinery. Crane operators require lengthy training to minimize the risk of crane accidents. Even an experienced, properly trained crane operator can be injured in an accident. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for the injuries you sustain at your worksite.
Workers’ Compensation for Crane Accidents
If you have been injured while working with a crane, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits typically cover:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Death benefits
- Total disability
You may also be awarded compensation if you are disfigured permanently on your face or neck, have lost the use of a limb or other specific body part, or have lost your sight or hearing.
Our experienced attorneys investigate all aspects of crane accidents and other workplace accidents to determine who is responsible. If the responsible party is not your direct employer, you may be able to pursue personal injury compensation from the negligent party who caused the accident.
Fault for Crane Accidents
With workers’ compensation, you are entitled to benefits regardless of fault. These benefits mean you cannot sue your employer, even if you suspect your employer is ultimately responsible for the crane accident.
There are many ways crane accidents can cause injuries, including:
- Crane collapse
- Falling objects
- Swinging objects
It’s possible a crane operator can be responsible for causing these accidents. Employers can also be responsible if they didn’t properly train the operator. Inspectors may be at fault for failing to notice signs of a defective or failing crane.
As the injured worker, you are entitled to your workers’ compensation benefits regardless of how the accident was caused, as long as you did not intentionally cause the accident and were not under the influence of drugs at the time.
If you or your employer is not responsible for the crane accident, it may be a third party’s fault. We can fight to get compensation if negligence from someone other than your employer led to your injuries.
Experienced Crane Accident Lawyer
To learn more about benefits you may be entitled to after suffering a workplace injury, please contact Wapner Newman to schedule a free consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or New Jersey.