Detroit Crane Accidents Attorney
Crane accidents are some of the most catastrophic construction accidents. Cranes weigh 10 tons, at their very smallest, and a machine of that weight and size can cause substantial damage to both property and people. Since cranes are usually used in major cities and in highly populated areas, it’s nearly impossible for a crane accident to not result in significant injuries and even deaths.
It’s up to the construction companies to follow safety procedures and regulations to ensure that their equipment is being properly used. If not, these accidents can cause horrific damage and harm to the people around them.
If you or someone you know is involved in a Detroit crane accident, you must contact a crane accident attorney as soon as possible. Whether you are a passerby involved in an unfortunate accident or you are a construction worker that has been hurt due to improper safety procedures at your worksite, you deserve compensation for your losses. A crane accident can lead to expensive medical bills, long-term pain and suffering, lost wages, inability to work, physical therapy, and more.
At Ravid & Associates, P.C., we won’t rest until we help you recover your losses and help you to get back to what’s important in your life. We know how to take on the big construction companies and their high-dollar insurance policies in order to get you the settlement you are entitled to receive.
Contact us today at (248) 948-9696 for a free and confidential consultation.
Why Do I Need a Detroit Crane Accident Lawyer?
In the aftermath of a crane accident, you’re likely facing extensive and expensive injuries. You need an experienced crane accident attorney who knows how to deal with the insurance companies and get you the help you need.
Construction companies make up some of the biggest, most valuable companies in the United States. This means that they have some of the most aggressive insurance companies that will fight vigorously to keep you from receiving full and fair compensation.
While we would hope that construction companies will do what is right and offer you a settlement that will fully cover your losses, it doesn’t usually happen. At Ravid & Associates, P.C., we’re willing to fight those companies when they won’t pay out what they should.
Following your accident, you will be approached by insurance agents that will try to offer you a small one-time settlement. They will attempt to pressure you into taking the money upfront, rather than filing a claim and possibly taking them to trial. They want you to either take the lump-sum money or try to represent yourself in court. You need to know that without experienced legal representation, you will never get a full settlement.
The insurance companies will also use their extensive network of investigators to find and try to twist the evidence in their favor in order to keep the construction companies from being held liable. At Ravid & Associates, P.C., we understand how insurance companies work, and we know how important it is to move fast. We will get our own investigators to find all the evidence related to your claim and build you a strong case.
When you file a claim against a construction company, there will be many strict deadlines to follow. They will very likely deny your claim if you submit something past the deadline. An experienced crane accident lawyer will know the deadlines and ensure that everything is filed on time so that you don’t lose out on a chance at compensation.
Contact us today at Ravid & Associates, P.C. to schedule a free consultation about your crane accident case.
Crane Accident Statistics
According to information from the United States Department of Labor, there were 220 crane-related deaths from 2011-2015. That averages out to 44 deaths a year due to improper crane handling. Most of the deaths were caused by individuals being struck by a crane, while other people died from being struck by an object that was suspended by a crane, and a small number of individuals died in transportation-related crane accidents.
Crane accidents are, unfortunately, common in the construction industry. This led to the National Institute for Occupational Safety issuing a national alert about crane safety in 2006. It was concerned about the rate in which construction workers were injured in avoidable crane accidents.
Since then, regulations surrounding crane usage has tightened up. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration established a strict set of guidelines for crane operators in order to keep more workers and civilians safe from crane-related injuries.
Some of these regulations include the following:
- All crane machines must face regular inspections, and each machine needs to be inspected by the operator before use.
- The cranes must be used on flat ground and away from any power lines.
- Every crane has a weight limit for its loads, and these limits must be followed at all times.
- Crane operators and construction management must follow all safety protocols, including taking the wind into account and must shut down production in the event of a high wind advisory.
- Fences must be installed around construction sites to prevent injury to passersby.
These regulations are created in order to establish a safe space for construction employees and citizens in the area. When construction companies ignore these regulations or cut corners, accidents and fatalities can easily happen.
Common crane accidents occur for the following reasons:
- Improper assembly
- Improper usage
- Overweight loads that the cranes are unable to handle
- Hazardous weather conditions
- Insufficient operator training
- Inadequate maintenance, leading to wear on the machinery
- Operator error
- Power line contact
- Insufficient safety and equipment inspection
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a crane accident, contact a Detroit crane accident lawyer today at (248) 948-9696 to find out what options you have for recourse.
Contact Us Today
At Ravid & Associates, P.C., we have represented over 10,000 Michigan residents. In those cases, we have managed to recover over $350 million in settlements. We are committed to working alongside you and lifting the legal burden off of your shoulders so that you can focus on your recovery.
We also handle all of our cases on a contingency fee basis. That means that we won’t charge you anything until we win your case. We believe that everyone has the right to legal representation, and we don’t want your worries about money to stop you from fighting the insurance companies and getting the compensation you are entitled to receive.
Call us today at (248) 948-9696 to schedule a free and completely confidential evaluation.