Crane and Scaffolding Accidents
Modern construction projects often take place high above ground level. Equipment like cranes and scaffolding are common and important parts of that process. But, like all heavy industrial equipment without proper use and careful planning they can become incredibly dangerous. Construction accidents involving cranes or scaffolding can result in very serious injuries for employees and bystanders. Construction accident cases can be extremely complicated. They involve the intersection of many complex legal issues such as; construction site regulations, the role contractors and subcontractors, manufacturer liability and worker’s compensation. If you were injured in a crane or scaffolding accident, an experienced attorney will protect your legal rights and help make sure you receive fair compensation.
Common Crane and Scaffolding Accident Causes
● Poor communication when assembling and disassembling the crane
● Poor communication between the crane operator and workers on the ground
● Crane contact with power lines
● Crane load exceeded maximum allowable weight or improperly secured
● Crane malfunction
● Unacceptable and dangerously poor training of workers
● Use of the wrong materials in erecting scaffolding
● Scaffolding erected in an improper manner
● Inadequate supervision
What Should You Do After A Crane or Scaffolding Accident?
If you are involved in a crane or scaffolding construction accident you should immediately seek the assistance of a qualified attorney. For employees involved in a job site accident, Georgia law holds that worker’s compensation is the sole remedy. This means that you can not sue your employer for negligence in a construction accident. Still, if a worker’s compensation claim is applicable to your situation an attorney is still critical. Filing a worker’s compensation claims is a difficult and potentially confusing endeavor.. For a bystander injured in a crane or scaffolding accident worker’s compensation is obviously not relevant and any employer on the worksite may potentially be sued for negligence.
For Employees Injured In a Crane or Scaffolding Accident on the Job site; Additional Parties May Be Liable
Even if your accident is covered by worker’s compensation, third parties may still be liable for a crane or scaffolding accident that causes injury or wrongful death. Today’s construction work sites generally involve many different entities. Often times multiple contractors and subcontractors are working on the project. Further, manufacturers may also be liable in your case if their product fails to meet product liability standards. There are a lot of moving parts, and an attorney experienced in construction site accidents will be able to untangle this legal web. It starts with a comprehensive investigatory process, which is vital to understand the situation in it’s entirety and to help pin down the cause of the accident. Negligent individuals and companies should be held liable for their bad actions and the damage those actions cause.
Contact A Crane And Scaffolding Accident Attorney In Georgia
If you, or a loved one, was the victim of a serious injury suffered in a crane or scaffolding accident on a construction site you should contact an experienced lawyer today. You may be entitled to significant compensation. The Angell Law Firm has almost 20 years of trial experience successfully representing our clients. Contact The Angell Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.