|Hurricane Sandy Crane Accident Serves as a Reminder of the Dangers Involved With Heavy Construction Equipment|
EDINBURG-MCALLEN TEXAS PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY RAUL A. GUAJARDO ON CRANE AND CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS IN TEXAS
The collapse of a large construction crane boom 750 feet over Midtown Manhattan in the days after Hurricane Sandy serves as a dramatic reminder of the dangers of heavy construction equipment being utilized and stored in populated areas. While they are not always dangling off of skyscrapers here, the state of Texas has been no stranger to construction crane accidents, and they tend to be a lot more common than many people—even those who work in the construction industry—think. Earlier this year, two construction workers were killed in a crane collapse at the University of Texas in Richardson, and non-fatal crane accidents result in serious construction worker injuries quite frequently.
Inspection Standards for Construction Cranes in Texas
In the state of Texas, the requirements for safe installation, use, inspection, and operation of cranes are set by the Occupational Health & Safety Administration. The regulations involving cranes are numerous and beyond the scope of this text, but can be found here. The site foreman or construction company is ultimately responsible to make sure that the crane has been maintained, inspected, and is being used in the manner in which it is intended. When a crane or other piece of heavy construction equipment is involved in an accident and that accident results in a personal injury or wrongful death, it is imperative that an independent inspection of the job site is made as quickly as possible for two reasons:
If you are a construction worker who has been injured in an accident, the first thing that you should do is to seek medical attention immediately. Then you should consult with a reputable construction accident personal injury lawyer. In Edinburg, McAllen, or anywhere else in southern Texas that lawyer is attorney Raul A. Guajardo.
Construction Accident Personal Injury Claims
If you work on a construction site in the state of Texas, your employer is required to carry worker’s compensation insurance. Worker’s comp, however, will not always reimburse you for all of your expenses, which can include hospitalization, surgery, doctors’ visits, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medication, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, and compensation for pain and suffering. To receive full recompense, you need to retain the services of a competent personal injury attorney who is familiar with construction accidents involving cranes and other heavy equipment.
Hidalgo, Starr, and Cameron County Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured in an accident, or a family member has been killed in one, personal injury attorney Raul A. Guajardo wants to hear your case. Contact him immediately at (956) 587-0547 or (866) 687-9672. Raul Guajardo represents clients in Edinburg, McAllen, Brownsville, Rio Grande, Raymondville, Hidalgo, Starr, Cameron, and throughout southern Texas.