In the construction industry, the dangers to which workers may be exposed are many, mainly due to the constant use of heavy tools and machinery, such as cranes. For this reason, when suffering an accident in this field, the worker should receive workers’ compensation to help pay for the costs of his or her injuries.
Statistics establish construction as the main labor sector in which the highest number of injured workers and fatalities are reported during a year. The causes may be different and, given the many hazards that may exist in a construction site, the risk of suffering an accident is always present.
According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between the years 2011 and 2017, a total of 297 deaths related to crane construction accidents were recorded in the country, giving an overall average of 42 deaths per year.
Crane operation can become a very dangerous activity, especially if proper safety equipment is not used to avoid injuries that can become very serious, and even cause the death of the worker.
If you are the victim of a crane accident, it is important that you have the support of an accident attorney to get the benefits you deserve. Call now at 1800 201 1220 or write to us on WhatsApp, and our team at Conexión Legal will provide you with free legal advice to find the best solution for your case.
What are the causes of a crane accident?
Crane accidents can be caused by a variety of elements that can have a negative influence, putting the integral health of the worker at risk. Some of the main causes that usually lead to crane accidents occurring in a construction site are the following:
- Collapse of cranes in construction.
- Mechanical failures.
- Lack of safety equipment when handling a crane.
- Lack of training to handle a crane.
- Crane instability problems.
- Falling of heavy materials from a crane.
- Poor assembly of a crane.
- Factory problems.
To avoid each of these causes, it is important that at the beginning of the tasks the use of safety equipment, the operation of the crane, and even the good physical condition of the worker be verified very well, in order to avoid accidents that can have fatal consequences.
What benefits can I receive when I am a victim of crane accidents?
When a worker suffers an accident in the United States, whether it is a crane accident or any other cause, he/she will be covered by the so-called Workers’ Compensation Law, which establishes that the employer must provide his/her workers with access to compensation insurance in case of a work accident.
This means that, when you are injured in a crane accident, you have the right to receive workers’ compensation from your employer, with which you will be able to cover important expenses that usually arise after an accident.
Expenses such as medical care, surgery, x-rays, ambulance transfers, prescription drugs and even lost wages are some of the payments you may be able to cover with workers’ compensation money.
What do I need to do to apply for workers’ compensation for a towing accident?
In order for you to receive your workers’ compensation, it is important that after the accident you immediately inform your employer of what happened. Your employer will be responsible for notifying the insurance company so that they can immediately begin the process of filing your workers’ compensation claim.
Although generally there should not be any problems with the delivery of your compensation, there are certain cases in which the employer, or even the insurance company, may refuse to approve the compensation benefits for the injured worker.
If this is the case, do not hesitate to contact an accident attorney who can provide you with all the necessary advice and guide you through the proper legal process to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve, depending on the accident and the extent of your injuries.
Contact Conexión Legal today
At Conexión Legal, we work closely with a group of experienced crane and construction accident attorneys who are knowledgeable about your rights as a victim and can provide you with safe, personalized attention in your language so that you can stay on top of every step of the case.
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If you are a victim of a crane accident and are having trouble receiving the workers’ compensation you are entitled to by law, call us now at 1800 201 1220 or write us via WhatsApp to receive free legal advice about your case and find the best lawyer for you.
Remember that your rights as a victim are unbreakable and must be defended before any legal instance. No matter your immigration status, you should receive workers’ compensation for crane accident injuries.
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