Crane accidents occur both onshore and offshore, often causing serious injuries or even costing victims their lives. As a trusted workplace injury and crane accidents lawyer in Houston, TX, Michael E. Shelton has helped clients prove third-party negligence in order to collect the compensation necessary to rebuild their lives. These types of devastating injuries often require years of rehabilitation and other lifestyle adjustments. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crane-related accident, contact our office online or call (713) 807-0700 right away to discuss your case.
Risks and Hazards of Crane Operation
Cranes accidents can cause serious injuries that have devastating effects on both victims and their families. They can also be fatal. In 2006, 42 percent of crane-related fatalities were caused when individuals were struck by a falling object. Some of the other major risks associated with cranes include:
- Issues with transportation
- Being caught in or between equipment or objects
While regular maintenance and operator training help minimize risk, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that between 1997 and 2006, there was an average of 82 crane-accident-related deaths every year.
Injuries related to crane accidents can have severe and lasting effects on your health and quality of life. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other catastrophic injuries can lead to lifelong health concerns that substantially limit the victim’s earning potential as well as involve significant ongoing medical expenses.
Backed by 40 years of experience, attorney Shelton understands the impact of crane accident injuries and can provide compassionate assistance during this difficult time.
While workers' compensation may cover immediate medical costs, there is no guarantee these funds will be sufficient in the long-term. Seeking financial compensation with the help of a qualified workplace injury lawyer is often the most effective way to support yourself and your family after a crane accident injury.
Your Employer’s Responsibility
Modern cranes can lift more weight faster than ever before, making them more efficient but also much more dangerous in the hands of an ill-trained operator. To prevent accidents, OSHA has very strict regulations for crane operation that require intense safety training and preventative measures taken by employers. However, some employers will cut corners in order to save money and time on construction sites. Common OSHA violations include:
- Failure to use appropriate crane type
- Improper crane setup
- Lack of training or compliance with operational limits
- Ignoring manufacturer’s specifications
- Negligence in providing a safe, clean space around crane
- Failure to perform proper maintenance
Proving negligence on the part of your employer requires the help of a knowledgeable legal professional. With over 40 years of experience in workplace injury claims, Mr. Shelton can investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury and establish a strong case for negligence based on expert witness testimony.
Compassionate and Effective Representation
At The Shelton Law Firm, we place your best interests first. Mr. Shelton understands the physical and emotional impact of crane accident injuries and can provide compassionate assistance during this difficult time. We offer a free initial consultation and are able to meet at your home or hospital room if your injury prevents travel. Call our office at (713) 807-0700 or contact the firm online to begin building your case today.