Cranes of varying sizes are used in construction projects in Florida and across the United States on a daily basis. If you or someone close to you was injured in a crane collapse accident as a bystander, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our skilled Miami injury attorneys understand the nuances of personal injury law and can put this knowledge to use in your case.
Whether it is a small crane or a big crane, following safety protocols is imperative. According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States witnesses nearly 90 crane-related deaths per year. There may be several causes of crane collapses, including but not limited to:
- Damaged or overly worn cables;
- Malfunctioning stabilizers;
- Bent, rusted, or broken beams;
- Dropped loads;
- Falls from the crane;
- Crane malfunctions;
- Collapse of the boom; or
- Overturned cranes.
Serious crane-related injuries may include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, neck and back injuries, fractures and broken bones, amputation, paralysis, emotional trauma, and even death.
Bystanders and passersby who are injured in crane accidents can typically sue the at-fault party under the theory of negligence. In order to establish negligence in Florida, the plaintiff must show the following: i) the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to use reasonable care; ii) the defendant breached the duty to use reasonable care; iii) the defendant’s breach was a direct and proximate cause of the crane accident; and iv) the plaintiff suffered harm as a result. It is important to note that there may be multiple parties who were at fault for the accident and your resulting injuries, such as the crane operator, the construction company, the site owner, and even an engineer.
If your crane accident was a result of a defect in the crane, you may be able to recover damages from the manufacturer through a product liability claim. Product liability is an area of law in which manufacturers, designers, and retailers that make defective or faulty products available to the public are liable for any injuries those products end up causing.
For injured bystanders, a personal injury lawsuit can be filed to pursue both economic and non-economic damages suffered. Economic damages refer to compensation for objectively verifiable monetary losses, such as medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost income and benefits, and property losses. Non-economic damages are funds awarded to accident victims to cover the intangible negative impact of their injuries. Examples of non-economic damages include pain and suffering, blindness, and disfigurement and scarring.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a crane accident, you need a skilled legal advocate on your side. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our construction accident attorneys can carefully investigate your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim. We understand what it takes to represent bystanders in construction accidents. To learn more, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online.
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