The month of April came to a tragic end for unsuspecting victims in Downtown Seattle. The downtown area is home to large tech companies, something which has resulted in non-stop construction of buildings. According to reports, a construction crane on a new Google campus collapsed on Saturday (April 27, 2019) as workers were disassembling the crane. Although the cause of the collapse is unclear, there have been reports of gusts of wind near the time of the collapse – something which could have led to the incident.
The construction crane collapsed, damaging the building and snapping in half before crushing at least six cars. One female (a student at Seattle Pacific University) and three males (two of which were ironworkers on the construction crane) were dead by the time first-responders arrived at the scene of the accident.
A 28-year-old man suffered injuries; he remains hospitalized but did not suffer life-threatening injuries. A 25-year-old mother and her 4-month-old baby suffered minor injuries; they were taken to the hospital and later discharged. An unidentified person also suffered minor injuries that were treated at the scene of the incident.
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The Department of Labor and Industries has begun investigating the incident. Specifically, the agency is investigating GLY (general contractor), Northwest Tower Crane Service Inc., Omega Rigging and Machinery Moving Inc., and Morrow Equipment Co. LLC. Although all parties recognize that the high winds could have contributed to the collapse of the crane, investigations are necessary – especially considering that Seattle has seen similar incidents before (where a flawed crane base that collapsed resulted in damage to multiple buildings and the death of an unsuspecting victim).
Were you or your family harmed due to a collapsing construction crane? Whether you or your family were harmed in the incident discussed above or a similar incident with a construction crane elsewhere, you might have grounds to pursue a claim. If you would like to learn more about your right to take legal action after being directly or indirectly harmed by a collapsing construction crane, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group. Downtown L.A. Law Group is a personal injury law firm with many years of experience handling a variety of claims – remaining focused on representing the best interests of our clients. If you would like to discuss your claim with the experts at our law firm, do not hesitate to contact our firm at your earliest convenience.
Understanding the Damages Caused by the Falling Crane
Although the extent of the harm suffered by the deceased victims is still unclear (because the incident is so recent), it is clear that the deceased suffered crushing injuries. Although no official reports of the injuries sustained by survivors has been released, it is possible that they suffered a number of non-life-threatening injuries, such as head injuries, fractures, broken bones, scrapes, and bruising, for example. In addition to the physical injuries suffered by both the deceased parties and the survivors, the collapse of the construction crane also resulted in property damage – both to personal property (vehicles) and commercial property (buildings). If you would like to learn more about the damages that directly resulted from the collapsed construction crane, do not hesitate to contact our law firm today for more information.
Pursuing Legal Action
You were directly affected by a collapsed construction claim. Do you have the right to pursue legal action? If you were directly harmed by the incident (and the incident is established to be caused by the negligent actions of a party or entity), you might have grounds to pursue a claim. What legal action could you take? The type of claim you can pursue depends on the specific details of the incident and how you were affected. If you suffered injuries, you could pursue an injury claim. If a member of your family lost his or her life in the incident, you could likely pursue a wrongful death claim. Regardless of the specific action that you are eligible to take, you can be certain the expert lawyers at our firm are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to take action.
Could You Recover Compensation?
Although every claim is different, claimants are usually eligible to recover compensation for the damages suffered. In general, victims and their families could recover some of the following forms of compensation: medical bills; lost wages; pain and suffering; property damage; funeral and burial costs; loss of consortium; punitive damages. Regardless of the specific type/amount of compensation that you are eligible to recover, you can trust that the lawyers at our law firm will not rest until you recover the compensation that you deserve. Our experienced attorneys will aggressively fight for your right to receive the highest amount of compensation available for your claim. If you would like to learn more about the type and amount of compensation that you might be eligible to receive, do not hesitate to contact our law firm today.
Understanding the Statute of Limitations for Your Claim
All claims are subject to a specific timeline. Failing to file a claim by the time allowed by the applicable statute of limitations could result in losing the right to sue. In the state of Washington (where the incident mentioned above occurred), the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is 3 years. Wrongful death claims are also subject to a 3-year statute of limitations. What if the incident involving a construction crane happened in California? Statutes of limitations vary from state to state. In California, both wrongful death claims and personal injury claims are subject to 2-year deadlines. Understanding the statute of limitations that applies to your claim is necessary to ensure that you file your claim within the appropriate length of time. If you would like to learn more about the specific deadline that applies to your injury claim or your wrongful death claim, do not hesitate
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The incident in the downtown area of Seattle has left the community mourning the loss of four victims. The victims who were injured are now recovering from the unforeseen incident. Did you lose a member of your family to this traumatic accident? Did you suffer injuries due to this unfortunate event? If you suffered injuries or if a member of your family lost his or her life, you might have grounds to pursue a claim. Depending on the specific details of your claim, you could take legal action. If you would like to learn more about your right to file a claim after you or a member of your family suffered harm due to a collapsing construction crane, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group as soon as possible. Downtown L.A. Law Group is a personal injury law firm with many years of experience handling a variety of cases, including injury claims and wrongful death claims. When you contact our law firm, you can be certain that our lawyers will do everything within their reach to ensure that you can pursue a successful claim against the party that caused your damages.
Would you like to discuss your claim with the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group? When you contact our firm, you can be certain that our lawyers will do everything within their reach to ensure that your claim is successful and that you recover the compensation that you rightfully deserve. At Downtown L.A. Law Group, you can be certain that you will have access to all the information that you need. Our law firm is dedicated to our clients; therefore, we ensure that our clients have access to the guidance necessary to reach a successful claim outcome. Our law firm offers both free consultations and free second opinions. During our free consultations and free second opinions, our knowledgeable attorneys will be available to answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and provide you with the guidance necessary to begin or continue your claim. If you would like to schedule a free consultation or a free second opinion, do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible.
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