Crane Accidents & Injuries in Illinois
Since 1955, Anesi Ozmon has represented injured construction workers and the families of fatal construction accident victims throughout Illinois. Our attorneys have successfully recovered compensation on behalf of those affected by devastating crane accidents in and around Chicago, helping them hold negligent parties accountable and secure the financial resources they need to heal. Our team has obtained results that have not only changed our clients’ lives but have also influenced legislative changes to prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future.
How Common Are Crane Accidents?
On May 9, 2011, a crane at a South Side bridge at 99th and Genoa in Chicago tipped over, striking a construction worker in the chest and severely injuring him. This is but one example of the countless crane accidents that have occurred in the Chicago area, throughout Illinois, and across the United States.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 44 fatal crane accidents every year in the U.S. During the five-year period between 2011 and 2015, there were 220 fatal crane accidents reported. Over half of these incidents involved workers who were struck by equipment or objects, with 69 incidents involving workers being struck by falling equipment or objects. Falls to lower levels and transportation-related accidents made up an additional 14 percent of fatal crane accidents during this timeframe.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that 42 percent of fatal crane accidents occurred within the private construction industry, and specialty trade contractors and civil engineering construction workers were at the greatest risk. More than half of the deaths reported involved crane operators.
Even more alarming, Illinois ranked second highest in the nation (behind Texas) for the overall number of fatal crane accidents, with 12 deadly incidents from 2011 to 2015.
How Do Crane Accidents Happen?
While every situation is different and there are always many factors involved, most crane accidents involve negligence. This negligence can take many forms, from improper training to OSHA violations.
Some of the most common causes of crane accidents include:
- Contact with power lines
- Overturned cranes
- Boom collapses
- Dropped loads
- Loads exceeding weight limitations
- Improper load placement
- Rigging failures
- Safety/OSHA violations
- Poor communication
- Failure to use taglines
- Crane use during poor conditions (high winds, inclement weather, etc.)
- Unsafe ground conditions
- Equipment defects/failures
These and other accidents can have devastating or even deadly consequences. Injured workers and the families of those wrongfully killed should not have to suffer the physical, emotional, and financial effects of someone else’s negligence on their own—reach out to our Chicago crane accident attorneys to learn more about your legal rights and options.
Compensation for Injured Crane & Construction Workers
Crane accident injuries are often severe, catastrophic, or fatal. A traumatic head injury, a spinal cord injury, an amputation, a crush injury, or broken bones will mean significant expenses and losses for an injured worker (or passerby) and his or her family members.
For those injured on the job, workers’ compensation is typically available. In Illinois, workers’ compensation covers most employees, including construction workers, who suffer job-related injuries and illnesses. By filing a workers’ compensation claim, you can seek benefits to assist with your medical expenses, lost wages, and vocational rehabilitation costs. Workers’ compensation also pays death benefits to surviving loved ones of covered employees who die due to work injuries.
In some cases, injured workers or the families of fatal crane accident victims may be entitled to file third-party personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits against liable parties. This could be the case if someone other than you or your loved one’s employer was responsible for the accident. For example, if you were catastrophically injured in a crane accident caused by defective equipment, you could have a claim against the manufacturer.
While some crane accidents are considered “freak accidents,” most are the result of negligence. A detailed investigation will help determine liability and allow you to seek the maximum compensation you are owed for your medical bills, lost wages, lost quality of life, and pain and suffering.
How Our Chicago Crane Accident Attorneys Can Help
At Anesi Ozmon, we understand how serious and complex these types of claims are. For more than 65 years, we have been known as a leader in personal injury, construction accident, and workers’ compensation law. During this time, we have successfully represented crane accident victims who suffered devastating injuries and losses. We have also successfully helped surviving family members who lost loved ones due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of others. In one notable case, we secured an $8 million combined settlement for a carpenter who was rendered paraplegic after being knocked off a wall by a crane during a residential construction project.
No matter how complicated or challenging your case may be, our team has what it takes to effectively advocate for you. We provide aggressive legal representation, coupled with a compassionate and collaborative approach. Our clients receive consistent access to our attorneys, and we even provide them with our personal cellphone numbers so they can always reach us when necessary.
We Handle Your Case, So You Can Recover
We understand the uncertainty you face and aim to provide you peace of mind. Clients may worry about making ends meet while missing work because of injuries or staying out of debt from medical bills. Our aim is to go above and beyond what you expect so that you can focus on recovery.
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Our firm believes that in order be a successful team, we need to work directly with our clients. Not only do you get to work directly with your attorney, but you always have access to their direct number to ensure your questions never go unanswered.
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At Anesi Ozmon, we believe that no two situations are alike. Thus, we work to not only learn about your case but also about what unique goals and needs you may have in order to provide you with legal counsel customized to you.
Protecting the Injured Since 1955
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