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We Were Involved in a Crane Accident. Can We Sue the Contractor?

The Law & You
March 14, 2018

The Law and You

We Were Involved in a Crane Accident. Can We Sue the Contractor?

A viewer was injured in a crane accident while working at a construction site. Can he sue for his injuries? Construction accident attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli explain the complexities of the case. If you were involved in a construction accident as a worker, don’t wait. Contact our workers compensation lawyers today for a free consultation.

Dave Kuharchik: We’re going to tie weather into a job accident for this edition of “The Law & You.” Pretty fascinating, the guys with the answer attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli.

Ed Ciarimboli: This is a really interesting question and one I’m excited to get to today. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Dave: A little bit different today than what we’ve seen in the past. Let’s get to it. Mike in Frackville says, “We were involved in a crane accident on a job site. We didn’t know there would be high winds that day. Can we sue the general contractor?” We have a picture to go along with the question. Here’s the setup that we’re looking at with the winds and the crane, Ed.

Ed: Yeah well, what you’re looking at here is, essentially, just an illustration. Whenever you have wind and you have a load on the crane, you need to take into consideration what the wind is going to be that particular day. This is where the general contractor comes into play. The general contractor, on any job site, is supposed to have what is called a tool box meeting, or a safety meeting every day. They’re supposed to advise the sub contractors on any issues. If you show up for the job and you’re coming from a place where the weather was okay, it’s the general contractor’s responsibility. However, this is a very nuanced area of the law. I’m going to let Greg talk about what you’re going to need to do in order to sue a general contractor as a sub contractor.

Greg Fellerman: Ed’s right, these contractor cases are very difficult because of the intricacies between workers compensation, the contractual relationship between the sub contractors and the general contractors. A lot of information needs to be gathered through those documents, through the contracts and through the relationship that exist at the time of the accident when someone’s injured. I can’t just give you a blanketed answer; It requires a lot of analysis and the law’s actually changing. There’s been some recent changes regarding the statuses of each employer. This is definitely one where you need to pick up the phone and give us a call.

Ed: Without question. If you do not call a lawyer and start your investigation immediately, you will have absolutely no chance of prevailing on this case.

Dave: You know the number and web-site. Results matter with attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Thanks so much guys.

Ed and Greg: Thanks Dave.

Dave: and “The Law & You” hotline are there for you.

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