Claim for a Work Injury from a Construction Crane

What is the procedure for making a claim for a work injury from a construction crane accident? A construction crane was lifting a case of brick onto the roof of a building but the cable of the crane snapped sending bricks everywhere. Luckily no one was seriously injured but in the scramble to get to cover I tripped over a couple that landed in front of me and damaged the ligaments in my knee.

In order to claim for a work injury from a construction crane accident, you will first need to demonstrate that the accident in which you sustained damaged ligaments in your knee came about as a result of third party negligence. If your employer was responsible for the construction and maintenance of the crane he or she is likely to be the party at fault, however you are advised to discuss the circumstances of your work accident with a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible to ascertain who is liable for your injuries.

Your first priority in the immediate aftermath of the accident must be your health. Having a doctor or GP examine your injury will ensure there is a record of the injury contained in your medical history. This will ensure that the negligent party’s insurers cannot allege that you adversely affected your injury by failing to seek adequate professional care.

Once you have received medical attention, you should begin gathering evidence to support your claim for a work injury from a construction crane accident. Photographs of the crane and scene of the accident, contact details of witnesses who saw the accident and an entry in the employer’s accident report book detailing how the incident occurred are all factors that could substantiate your claim for construction crane injury compensation.

To initiate your claim for construction crane injury compensation, your solicitor will send a ‘Letter of Claim’ to your employer’s insurance company notifying them about your intention to seek compensation for a ligament injury at work. The insurance company then has 21 days to acknowledge receipt of the letter and a further 90 days to indicate whether it accepts liability for its policyholder´s negligence.

Provided they accept responsibility, your solicitor will then enter into negotiations with them to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to claim for a work injury from a construction crane accident. If they do not accept liability your solicitor may be forced to initiate court proceedings – however your solicitor will be able to explain the process behind this in greater detail when your claim for compensation for a ligament injury at work is first assessed.

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