Cranes are important pieces of construction machinery that workers use to hoist, lower, and move materials too heavy to transport with human power. Cranes have been around since their invention by the ancient Greeks – and have likely caused serious injuries since their inception. Many things can go wrong with cranes, from collapses and rollovers to snapped hoist ropes and dropped loads. Injuries involving construction cranes are often catastrophic, resulting in permanent disability or death to the victim. If your Georgia construction injury or the passing of a loved one involved a crane, the attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP want to hear from you.
Crane accident investigations almost always find negligence-based reasons for disasters. Employers often don’t address important safety standard violations, such as failure to stabilize truck-mounted cranes and failure to properly inspect the equipment. In other cases, incompetent and unqualified workers cause negligence-related accidents – often due to lax hiring and training procedures. Here are a few common reasons for construction crane accidents in Georgia:
Cases involving poorly trained, incompetent, or careless workers may come down to employer liability. Employers are liable for the actions of their employees while at work. If an investigation discovers inadequate training or hiring practices, such as hiring an unqualified person to operate a crane, injured parties may be able to sue the construction company for negligence. Talk to an attorney for help identifying the defendant in your crane accident case.
In most crane accident cases, worker injuries are catastrophic. This means that injuries resulted in chronic pain, permanent disability, scarring, or disfigurement. More severe ailments such as spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries can lead to lifelong effects such as paralysis, cognitive difficulties, and a reduced quality of life. Others like crush injuries and amputations can leave a construction worker permanently disabled. In many cases, workers never fully recover from their injuries – resulting in devastated families and severely reduced workforce ability. If you suffered catastrophic injury or you know of a loved one who died because of a crane incident, seek counsel from an attorney.
Do not rule out negligence after injuries involving a crane until you’ve spoken with the lawyers at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP. Our team has helped dozens of construction workers and their families recover just and fair compensation for life-changing injuries and wrongful death. We can investigate your workplace accident and help you understand your rights as a victim. The sooner you talk to a lawyer, the sooner you can start the process toward receiving a fair recovery amount. Contact us today for a free consultation in Atlanta.