The construction industry has been booming for years throughout Texas and has led to new developments throughout the state. While this comes with increased jobs, updated housing options, and safe streets/buildings, ongoing construction also presents many risks to workers and others alike. If you or a loved one have been injured in a crane accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries.
Crane Accidents in Texas
Crane accidents can unfortunately occur near any location that is under construction, or, as in the Houston area, around any industrial area that requires a daily use of cranes. Most crane accidents result in only injuries, but the severity of the accident largely depends on the height and weight of the crane involved in the accident. While cranes involved in smaller projects often weigh less, cranes involved in large high-rise construction projects or involved in industrial operations must often be heavier and capable of lifting hundreds of thousands of pounds.
A crane accident recently occurred near the Houston Ship Channel, which unfortunately took the lives of four workers at the LyondellBasell Refinery. The crane that collapsed was capable of lifting 5 million pounds. Many of these industrial cranes are often heavier and much larger than the ordinary construction cranes and must go through rigorous testing and training prior to arriving at the location. However, as with any accident, sometimes mistakes can occur, whether during the manufacture, testing, or operation.
Crane Injury Recovery
Crane accidents can lead to devastating injuries and even death of a loved one. Many injuries are often life-altering and could require years of rehabilitation in order to simply get to a functioning ability. Victims of crane accidents are often contract employees who are unable to take a “sick day” and therefore any time spent not working has the potential to drastically impact their family’s finances.
As the victim of a crane accident in Texas, you may be entitled to receive the following as a result of your injuries:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to assist you in calculating the full amount of damages you may be entitled to receive as the result of the accident. The negligent party should be held responsible for the resulting expenses you will face after the accident, which could include inability to secure a job in the future based on the severity of your injuries.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a crane accident, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in handling crane injuries and injuries stemming from construction accidents. Construction sites are frequently cited as some of the most dangerous work conditions, and often pose a threat to the community if not properly managed. You should not be forced to cover the cost of your injuries. Contact our Beaumont or Houston office today for your initial free consultation.