NORTH BAY CRANE ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
Cranes are some of the most dangerous pieces of equipment on a construction site. Crane accidents are occurring at an alarming rate and construction companies need to take the appropriate steps to make their sites as safe as possible for workers, crew members, and the general public. While there are several types of cranes used in construction and other industrial areas, fatalities are more prevalent in mobile crane accidents, truck crane accidents, tower crane accidents, and Gantry crane incidents.
Unfortunately, these extremely dangerous powerful tools that are necessary in the construction of buildings and other structures can have devastating effects even with the smallest slip-up resulting in serious injury or death to crane operators and to others on the work site. Most often crane accident survivors are left with horrific, permanent life-changing injuries along with exorbitant medical bills and other physical, mental, and financial issues for the rest of their lives.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a North Bay crane accident, it is vitally important that you fully understand your rights and all of your legal options. The highly skilled and experienced construction accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael A. Fiumara have more than forty years of combined legal experience helping clients like yourselves in these types of situations. We would be happy to fully provide you with the legal counsel and advice so that you may obtain full and fair compensation for all of your losses. Please feel free to contact us at (855) 247-3190 or at (707) 571-8600 at our centrally located office in Santa Rosa/Sonoma County or our Marin County office in Palm Springs at (760) 832-6118, 24/7, and you will be promptly connected to an operator if it’s after hours and one of our attorneys will call you back promptly. You will receive a free, comprehensive, and confidential consultation and case evaluation.
SOME OF THE COMMON CAUSES FOR CRANE ACCIDENTS
Crane accidents can have any number of causes including poorly maintained, defective or malfunctioning equipment, high wind and failure to pay attention to appropriate safety measures on a job site are also causes for crane accidents. Whatever caused the accident, our experienced and highly skilled crane accident attorneys will make certain that everyone responsible for your injuries is held accountable.
Unfortunately, construction produces some of the most dangerous industry accidents in the United States. This is particularly due to the large number of heavy equipment and machinery that is employed at construction work sites. Unfortunately, cranes are especially hazardous because they are difficult and complicated to operate, large in size and require careful coordination between crane operators and ground crew to ensure the safe and effective use of these large pieces of equipment. A simple slip-up or a slight moment of carelessness or malfunction can result in catastrophic consequences for the injured worker.
Unfortunately, most crane related accidents stem from human error and include the following causal factors:
- Faulty or defective crane machinery.
- Inadequate training and supervision in operating a crane.
- Inadequate training and experience operating a crane.
- Slip and fall accidents on the crane or its rigging.
- Striking a live electric wire or electrical source.
- Setting-up the crane on unstable ground.
- Poor communication between the crane crew and others operating the crane.
- Carrying an oversized load.
Oftentimes safety regulations are ignored by the employer or supervisors and that opens up an OSHA claim or a workers’ compensation claim down the road. Oftentimes the right crane is not used for the job even with proper training and supervision. However, the risk of serious injury increases with these violations and a consultation with an experienced and aggressive crane accident attorney will yield results.
HOW DO I GET COMPENSATION AFTER A CRANE ACCIDENT IN THE NORTH BAY?
Injured victims often lose time at work and endure financial hardship because of their injuries stemming from a crane accident. While workers’ compensation may provide some support, the victims and their families suffer because of rising medical costs and/or decreased income. Crane accident victims and their families have two primary sources of potential compensation. One option is to file a workers’ compensation claim with the employer. Workers’ compensation benefits are available to all qualifying employees for any work-related injury that was derived during the scope and duration at the work site regardless of whether the employee or employer was at fault for the accident. Here the injured worker can receive medical and disability coverage along with death benefits through this program. However, pain and suffering is not permitted under this system that is exclusive to work-related injuries.
However, you have the option to file a third-party liability lawsuit in addition to pursuing the workers’ compensation benefits described above. This option is only permissible if some third-party other than your employer or co-worker contributed to the crane accident. For example, if the crane was manufactured with a defect or designed improperly, then you may have a viable lawsuit against the manufacturer and that is where we come in to file a wrongful death claim against the manufacturer of the crane.
We highly advise you to explore all of your legal options with the qualified team of personal injury attorneys from the Law Offices of Michael A. Fiumara so that you may maximize your potential recovery for you and your family. Injuries due to construction accidents are frequently very severe, including crushed or amputated limbs, paralysis and spinal cord injuries, burns, loss of vision or hearing damage, back and neck injuries, loss of mobility, and other permanent long-term disability injuries including disfigurement or wrongful death.
AGGRESSIVE CRANE ACCIDENT LAWYERS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Through jury trial or insurance settlement, the Law Offices of Michael A. Fiumara will always seek to maximize your compensation for all medical expenses and future care, loss of wages and lost earning potential pain and suffering and other damages such as loss of enjoyment of life. If these accidents turn fatal, we also represent surviving spouses and families in filing a wrongful death lawsuit. At the Law Offices of Michael A. Fiumara, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured construction workers and their families. Please feel free to contact us today and let us help you pursue your claim and obtain full maximum recovery for all losses.
Please call our office at (707) 571-8600 in our centrally located Santa Rosa office in Sonoma County to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation.