OSHA estimates that there are about 125,000 cranes operating in the country at any given time. These machines serve a useful purpose in many Dallas construction sites where heavy loads are required to be moved from one point to another, but they do not come without their risks.
Due to a crane's size and potential for serious injury, extra care must be taken to prevent accidents which, should they happen, often prove catastrophic. If you've been injured (or have lost a loved one) in a Dallas-area crane accident, call Rasansky Law Firm today for a free consultation. We can explain the legal options available to you, for free, over the phone.
While it's possible that the crane in question had a manufacturing defect or was otherwise defective, history tells us that these accidents are almost always caused by human error. This doesn't mean that the operator is solely liable for all resulting injuries though.
It's the employer's responsibility to ensure that workers are adequately trained, that proper procedure is always followed, and that precautionary safety measures are taken. If an employer fails in this regard and someone is injured or killed as a result, the victims and their families may be able to recover significant compensation through a work injury lawsuit.
Alternatively, if the crane accident was caused by an equipment failure, the victim may have a valid product liability claim against the crane's manufacturer. Have your attorney perform an in-depth investigation in order to determine exactly what caused the accident, as well as who likely bears liability for the resulting injuries. Do not wait for OSHA to finish their investigation before contacting an attorney, and do not sign anything related to the accident until your attorney has reviewed it.
A few common causes of crane accidents:
Those injured in crane collapses or other crane-related accidents in Dallas often suffer serious injuries such as crush injuries, paralysis, head trauma, internal organ damage, electrocution, and wrongful death. In order to receive compensation for these damages, you likely have two potential options:
At Rasansky Law Firm, we will carry out extensive investigations, review maintenance and inspection records, as well as interview any workers that may have witnessed the accident. In addition, we may be able to subpoena any video footage of the accident (should any CCTV video exist) as well as collect physical evidence from the scene of the accident. Because evidence is quickly lost and memories fade, it is important that you get in touch with us as soon as possible to begin preparing your case. If you've been injured in a crane accident in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, call Rasansky Law Firm today at (214) 617-1886.
The attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm are happy to speak to you about your potential case free of charge. If we can help with your claim, we'll do so for no out-of-pocket cost to you. Call us 24/7 at (214) 617-1886.
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