A crane plays a vital role on a construction site, but the sheer mass of the machine—and the equipment and supplies it moves—combined with the absolute precision required to control it, make the crane a dangerous presence on the worksite. One wrong move can yield the most severe of injuries.
If you were involved in a crane accident in Phoenix, AZ, you most likely sustained injuries that are keeping you from working. But that has not stopped the bills from pouring in—all your usual bills, plus a whole slew of medical bills on top. Your physical pain is outmatched only by the overwhelming anxiety of how you are going to pay for it all.
Let one of Zanes Law’s crane accident lawyers in Phoenix solve this problem for you. We will do everything from A to Z to see that you recover the damages from your crane accident. Call us today at (866)-499-8989.
Common Injuries Resulting From a Crane Accident
When a construction firm or parent company fails to take the proper safety precautions, accidents and injuries are bound to happen.
After your Phoenix crane accident, you must remember to notify your employer that you have been injured on the job. This step will play a critical role in your ability to claim workers’ compensation.
The types and severity of injuries that result from crane accidents vary and range widely.
Common Causes of Crane Accident Injuries Include:
- Electrocution during the servicing of a crane
- Head and spinal cord injuries after a crane falls
- Lacerations and possible disfigurement when snapped cables
- Objects that drop from the crane can produce crush injuries
Filing for Workers’ Compensation
If you are covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance, you can file a claim to help with medical expenses and lost wages. The process involves following a set procedure of completing forms and providing documentation, always adhering to strict deadlines.
If the insurance company denies or undervalues your claim, you can always appeal the claim. This requires time and patience.
A crane accident lawyer in Phoenix from Zanes Law will handle this process for you, so you can focus on tending to your injuries.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim for Your Crane Accident
If you do not qualify for workers’ compensation, you can still fight to recover your damages by filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit against your employer. This approach is the route to go if your employer’s actions or inactions facilitated the accident that caused your injuries.
For example, if your employer failed to provide proper training to the person operating the crane, and a heavy object he is moving drops on you, the employer’s negligence serves as the foundation for a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
Furthermore, if the crane is mechanically defective, leading to a faulty operation that caused your accident, you can pursue a claim or legal action against the manufacturer.
Proving Fault and Liability in Your Crane Accident
In any personal injury action, the plaintiff must prove negligence using an established formula called “duty of care.”
This formula contains four basic components, off of which are connected, and each of which must be proven in its own right. They are as follows:
- An individual or party (in this case, the construction firm, parent company or manufacturer) had a “duty of care”—a responsibility—to keep you from harm or danger.
- This party breached this duty of care through either action or inaction.
- This party’s failed sense of responsibility caused an accident that resulted in injuries to you.
- Your injuries yielded physical, economic, and emotional damages that are recoverable.
The legal team at Zanes Law will tackle each component in the “duty of care” formula to prove negligence—the foundation of our case, and the first step to recovering your damages.
Building a Solid Set of Evidence
To construct an airtight case, we will uncover evidence from every type of source available in your case.
For example, we will:
- Gather evidence at the scene of the accident
- Compile an array of photos
- Collect and review videos, including from any nearby surveillance cameras
- Obtain police reports
- Get medical records to prove your injuries
- Talk to eyewitnesses and document their accounts of the accident
- Work with experts to get their opinions on the medical, economic, and vocational impact of your injuries
We will do everything from A to Z to pack your case with compelling evidence that will be hard for anyone to refute.
Recovering Damages for Your Crane Accident Case
It is our sole mission to get you the maximum amount of compensation we can, and we will use the evidence we have collected, combined with our skills of negotiation with insurers and lawyers, as well as our skills of litigation in the courtroom, to get you the compensation you deserve.
Some of the damages you might recover in your crane accident case are:
- Physical therapy
- Pain management medication
- Prescription drugs
- Lost wages
- Other lost income
- Replacement services
- Emergency transportation
- Doctor’s fees
- Surgeon’s fees
- Lost benefits
- Diminished future potential earnings
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
A crane accident lawyer in Phoenix will calculate your damages and submit them in a demand letter to the insurance company. If they counter-offer, we will negotiate to arrive at a fair settlement. And if the insurers do not want to play ball, we will file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf, represent you in court, litigate your case, and get you the compensation you deserve.
Let Our Crane Accident Lawyer in Phoenix Take This Case Off Your Hands
Our team is ready to review your case, free of charge, and give you a roadmap of how we think your case can proceed—whether via a workers’ comp claim, an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. Remember we must act within the state’s statutes of limitations to ensure your case is heard.
We will do everything from A to Z to see that you recover your damages.
Call a crane accident lawyer from Zanes Law today at (866)-499-8989 for a free initial consultation.