Crane Accident Attorney Atlantic City NJ
New Jersey Lawyers Dedicated to Fighting for Crane Accident Victims in Atlantic City and Throughout New Jersey
When a crane is not properly maintained or safely operated, it can cause severe injuries and property damage. Federal law, as well as generally accepted industry standards, are designed to prevent the extreme and often deadly results of a crane accident. As in many other areas, not all parties are willing to take steps to protect the safety of those in the vicinity of the crane. When crane accidents occur, those negligent parties can be held financially responsible for the injuries sustained by others in the area, as well as for the extreme property damage that a large crane can cause. Crane accidents are among the most common construction accidents that occur.
At Brown Law, our personal injury lawyers fight tirelessly to obtain compensation for our clients who have been injured in crane accidents throughout Atlantic City. As residents of the Atlantic City area, we know how prevalent construction sites and cranes are throughout our community, and we work to make sure that negligent parties who have caused unsafe conditions are held responsible for their actions. If you have sustained injuries in a crane accident, contact our offices for advice today. Even if you have received workers’ compensation benefits based on a workplace crane accident, our personal injury lawyers can explore options to help you recover the compensation that you need.
Types of Crane Accidents That Occur in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Cranes are massive machines that have the potential to cause damage in any number of ways if they are unsafely operated or improperly maintained. Some common types of crane accidents involve:
- The crane tipping over,
- An individual falling off a crane,
- An individual being struck by an object that fell off the crane,
- The boom collapsing,
- Burns or electrocution caused by the crane coming into contact with electrical power lines
In many cases, crane accidents occur because the load the crane is carrying is too heavy. In other cases, miscommunications between workers can cause a crane accident, especially when standard signals are not agreed upon and used when operating the crane. Safe installation procedures for using a crane can also vary based upon where the crane is installed. Softer ground may require the use of mats, and more populated areas require evaluation of power lines in the vicinity to ensure that the crane is installed at a safe distance.
Our Atlantic City Crane Accident Lawyers Work to Win Full Compensation for Construction Accident Victims
Even if you have recovered workers’ compensation benefits based on the injuries you sustained in a crane accident, you have likely already realized that those benefits will be insufficient to fully cover the expenses caused by the accident. While workers’ compensation laws generally prevent an employee from suing his or her employer for compensation, the negligence or recklessness of many other parties may have contributed to the crane accident. Our experienced crane accident lawyers will investigate your case to evaluate:
- Training and whether the training required to operate the crane was sufficient and provided comprehensive instruction as to the potential hazards involved in operating the crane
- Maintenance to determine whether the crane manufacturer’s recommendations were appropriately followed
- Supervision to evaluate whether those who operated and maintained the crane were adequately supervised
- Warning labels to determine whether the manufacturer of the crane provided adequate warnings and instructions with respect to operation and maintenance of the crane
- Inspections including whether there were policies in place that required crane inspections at regular intervals, and whether those policies were followed
- OSHA compliance. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations provide specific standards that must be followed in the maintenance, inspection and operation of a crane.
- Failure to strictly comply with these standards can result in significant injury and damage
Contact an Aggressive Personal Injury Attorney to Help With Your Crane Accident in Atlantic City, NJ
Injuries sustained in a crane accident can be severe or even fatal. If you have been injured in a crane accident, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as you are able to preserve the evidence in your case and advocate for your right to recover compensatory damages. At Brown Law, our personal injury lawyers are experienced in handling these types of accidents and negotiating with the insurance companies.
Contact our offices today to schedule a free initial consultation today. We offer an online contact form for your convenience. Remember, our lawyers only collect a legal fee if we win monetary compensation in your case, so you have nothing to lose by meeting with us. Our office is conveniently located at 3123 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 201, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. We serve clients throughout Atlantic County including Linwood, Northfield, Hammonton, Egg Harbor Township, Pleasantville, Absecon, Margate and Ventnor.
In many cases, a crane accident is caused by more than one factor, so that more than one party can be held financially responsible for injuries and damages sustained in the accident. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will investigate your case to determine whether a personal injury lawsuit can be brought against the owner of the crane or the property on which the crane was installed. We can also evaluate whether a defect in the crane itself caused the accident, so that a defective products case against the manufacturer or designer of any crane component can be held liable.
For a workers’ compensation claim, you only have 30 days to notify your supervisor that you have been injured, and one year from the accident date to file a formal workers’ compensation claim. The initial notification can be informal. To file a personal injury lawsuit based on your crane accident, under New Jersey law, you have two years from the date of the accident.