I was hurt in a crane collapse accident and do not know what caused the collapse. Can I file a claim?


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There are workers’ compensation issues as well as potential negligence claims in any crane accident case. In any construction accident case, whether it’s a crane accident or forklift accident, it is important to have the case evaluated immediately by a construction accident lawyer who can assess causation and help determine if there is a viable negligence case.

In crane collapse situations, if the cause was a defective part, there may be a defective product liability case against a part manufacturer, importer or retailer. If the collapse occurred due to negligence of the crane operating company, there may be a valid third party claim (in addition to the workers’ compensation claim). Also, crane collapse accidents can result in both products liability cases as well as negligence cases. In other words, if a crane collapsed due to both a defective part and negligence of another party, there may be more than one viable cause of action. Legally, there would be two claims rolled into one lawsuit.

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The single most important factor in the success of a crane accident case is proper investigation early on. Determining what caused the collapse is crucial in being able to obtain fair financial compensation for an injured worker and his family. OSHA investigations can be helpful, but do not provide the sufficient legal basis to find liability.

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