Crane Accidents and Workers’ Compensation
Crane Accidents are Often Fatal
Cranes may be a necessary tool for construction workers, but that doesn’t make them any less dangerous, even when they are used on a daily basis. A defective crane, a negligent operator, a distracted worker – each of these scenarios can lead to severe injuries or tragic death. At Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C., our team of experienced workers’ compensation lawyers can help if you or your loved one was catastrophically injured or killed in a construction site accident involving a crane. We are here to answer your questions and to help guide you through the process of collecting the benefits you need after a serious worksite injury.
How Do People Get Hurt by Cranes?
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, there are about 44 crane accidents per year on average. Historically, most crane accidents have resulted in fatalities.
The most common causes of these fatal crane accidents include:
- Being hit with an object being swung from the crane
- Being hit with objects falling from the crane
- Crane collapses and boom collapses
- Defective parts of the crane itself
- Electrocution from contact with power lines
- Failures with the rigging
- Falling off the of the crane, or out of the control area
- Poor maintenance and service performed on the crane before it is used
- Snapping or swinging cables
- Tipping or overturned cranes, either because of its weight or because of an uneven or unsecured ground where it is parked
Your Options After an Accident
If you survive the crane accident itself, you have a number of options for collecting compensation. At Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C., our team of lawyers can help you apply for workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical bills and your lost wages. If your accident led to permanent loss of disfigurement, workers’ comp in Pennsylvania will give you a separate lump-sum compensatory amount for that loss. There are additional benefits available for the spouses and children of construction workers killed in a deadly crane accident, including an allotment for burial expenses. It can be hard to think about such things while you are in mourning, but that is why our team will handle the details to ensure the protection of your family, so you can focus on your grieving process.
If for some reason, the amount awarded to you is not enough, or if your injury was the direct result of a non-affiliated third party, we can also prepare a personal injury claim on your behalf. Should your injury render you unable to work permanently, we can walk you through the steps of applying for Social Security Disability. Whatever you decide to do, you can rest assured that we will treat your case with the respect it deserves. We collaborate with your doctors, keep your union reps informed, and work efficiently yet effectively to make sure that you can collect your workers’ compensation benefits as quickly as possible.
Our Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Provide Help for Construction Workers and Their Families After a Crane-Related Worksite Accident
Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. maintains multiple offices throughout Pennsylvania for the convenience of our clients. For the last 40 years, we have been the law firm you can trust to protect you and your loved ones, and we will continue to be that firm for as long as you let us. If you were injured by a crane on a construction site, or lost your loved one to a fatal workplace accident, our Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers want to help. Please call 888-PITT-LAW or fill out our contact form to make an appointment with us. We proudly represent clients throughout Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia County.