16 People Hospitalized After 2 Cranes Collide at Austin Construction SiteLast updated on: September 16, 2020
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Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County EMS responded to a “crane-on-crane” incident at a construction site in East Austin where several people were injured after two cranes collided Wednesday morning. ACTEMS reported that several construction workers at the construction site were injured after attempting to escape the incident after the collision. Sixteen people were hospitalized following incident with non-life-threatening injuries, as reported by KXAN News.
According to KXAN News, one crane operator still remains at the Mueller construction site, holding the brakes on the crane to prevent the cranes from collapsing.
The construction site, located at 1600 Robert Browning Street as reported by ACTEMS, is home to a future eight-level parking garage for an office building and the Mueller Planned Unit Development, which is being developed by Catellus.
WHO MAY BE LIABLE FOR MY INJURIES?
Construction sites are reliant on human operation in order to run smoothly and properly. Unfortunately, the individuals who own and operate construction zones may act negligently or even recklessly when making decisions regarding the site’s performance, or when directing the employees who work there. When accidents are caused by a person’s negligence, poor decision making, or even absentmindedness, you may be able to hold someone liable for the incident.
Depending on the unique liability facts of your case, you may be able to recover compensation from the following:
- The employer
- General contractors
- Property owners
- Equipment manufacturers
- Any other party whose negligent actions contributed to your injuries
WHAT COMPENSATION CAN I RECOVER?
If you or a loved one were injured in a construction accident, you may be able to seek compensation. The amount of compensation, or damages, you may be entitled to can be divided up into two categories.
Economic damages include:
• medical bills
• future medical bills and rehabilitation
• lost wages
• future lost wages
• any other expenses you may have to pay as a result of the accident
Non-economic damages include:
• pain and suffering
• loss of enjoyment/quality of life
• Other emotional sufferings you have sustained
An insurance company may not include each of the above categories above as they generally want to settle quickly. An attorney, however, will dig deeper into the damages you have sustained and provide a more accurate picture of your losses when seeking compensation
Contact an Experienced Construction Injury Attorney
Construction ranks as one of the most hazardous occupations in the nation, with accidents in the industry causing thousands of deaths and serious injuries every year. These accidents may result from the negligent actions of companies or their employees. The victims and their families may be eligible for monetary compensation. If you are a victim of a construction accident such as this, call us at 800-863-5312 for your 100% free consultation with an experienced injury lawyer today.