Crane Construction Accidents finally Addressed
Over the last month, over a dozen people have been killed on construction sites by large cranes falling or dropping their load. Unfortunately, this had gone on for many years until many accidents occurred in a short amount of time in New York, Florida and Oklahoma. Until now there were virtually no regulations requiring crane operators to be adequately trained and certified in the operation of these massive pieces of equipment. In over 80 percent of the accidents, operator error was at least partially to blame.
In Florida, most construction workers are covered by workers’ compensation, precluding them from any civil action other than worker’s compensation benefits, unless another third party is responsible for the crane and/or crane operator. In some cases, there is a cause of action when the crane malfunctions. This type of legal action is called a products liability claim. Regardless of the type of claim, it is vitally important to contact an experienced attorney that can deal with these issues and act immediately to protect and preserve your rights and the evidence at the scene. Please see the CBS News article regarding the new federal crane rules.
What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)