A Guide to Claiming Crane Accident Injury Compensation
Updated: Sep 2, 2019
The following guide sets out everything you must know about making a crane accident compensation claim.
The Health and Safety Executive states that there have been 61 crane accidents in the UK since 2001. These kinds of accidents usually take place when working for an employer. As a result of this, if you have been in a crane accident, you will probably have a case for claiming compensation.
Do I have a crane accident injury claim?
It should be possible to make a crane accident injury claim if the injury happened:
- in the last three years and,
- someone else was at fault.
However, if these two points don't apply, a claim may still be possible.
To get a definitive answer, speak to a crane accident injury claim expert on 0800 612 7456.
A brief phone consultation will confirm whether you have a claim. We will not put you under pressure to make a compensation claim.
You can also find out if you have a claim with our Online Claim Checker.
What if the injury was diagnosed years after the event?
Typically, the dates of the injury and accident are the same. However, some injuries manifest themselves months or even years after the accident or exposure.
In this case, the clock starts ticking on the date of discovery (the date of diagnosis) of the injury rather than the date of the accident.
The amount of money you could claim for your crane accident injury will depend on:
- the extent of your injury, and
- any financial losses or costs you have incurred.
At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your crane accident injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.
This calculation will factor in general damages and special damages.
General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).
Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.
Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.
See a list of what you can claim for:
Examples of special damages include:
- Lost earnings (including future earnings)
- Medical treatment costs
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
Find out what your claim could be worth now
Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.
If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.
Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.
Caring and sensitive support
Your solicitor will handle your crane accident injury case from the initial consultation through to the financial settlement. In addition, your solicitor will work with other specialists to help you with:
- Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
- Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
- Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
- Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.
Your employer's 'Duty of Care'
Your employer has a duty of care to all staff. This includes a duty to ensure that all equipment, including cranes, is maintained to a high standard and inspected at regular intervals. Organisations which employ people to operate cranes are also responsible for ensuring that those people are fully trained.
You should be provided with comprehensive training on all aspects of using the crane, and given practical advice on safety measures, including what action to take in an emergency.
What should I do if I have been injured in a crane accident?
Your first priority should be to seek medical advice. A doctor can assess the extent of your injury, prescribe treatment, and advise on pain relief and rehabilitative care.
Having sought immediate treatment, you should then report the accident formally to your employer. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you will probably be entitled to time off work.
Having begun your recovery, your thoughts might turn to compensation. If you have lost earnings because you haven't been able to work, or have had to spend money on support and treatment, you might be struggling to manage your finances.
If you have been in a crane accident, it is likely that someone else is to blame. A claim for compensation can restore your finances so that you can concentrate on your recovery.
How does claiming compensation work?
If you are considering pursuing a claim for compensation for a crane accident, it is vital to seek expert legal advice. The Quittance panel of solicitors will help to gather all the evidence you need to make a claim. They gather this evidence to prove to the court that someone else was at fault for what happened, and to demonstrate the impact this has had on you, the claimant.
What kinds of evidence do you need?
Your solicitor will advise you on evidence specific to your case. However, as a general rule, the following proof of your accident can be useful:
- Photographs of your injuries
- CCTV footage of the accident, or witness accounts
- Details of the training you received for using the crane
- Receipts for expenses relating to mobility requirements, prescriptions, or physiotherapy
- Details of how your injury has affected your day to day life: do you find it difficult or impossible to have a shower, for example?
How did your injury occur?
The claims process that your solicitor follows will vary, depending on how the injury occurred:
If you are thinking of making a work accident or injury claim, there are some key points to be aware of:
In a road accident
If you are thinking of making a road accident claim, there are some key points to be aware of:
In a public place (e.g. supermarket, pavement)
If you have been injured in a public place, there are some key points you need to be aware of:
Other claim types
Find details on another type of claim:
No win, no fee
With a no win, no fee agreement, your solicitor agrees that you will have no legal fees to pay if you do not winn your claim .
No win, no fee promise
If you have been injured and someone else was to blame (even partially), our no win, no fee guarantee takes the risk out of making a crane accident injury compensation claim.
What do I pay if I win my crane accident injury claim?
Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, after your compensation is awarded. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. You and your solicitor can agree the success fee before you start your claim.
What do I pay if I do not win my crane accident injury claim?
If your crane accident injury claim is not successful then you will not have to pay any fees.
How can Quittance help?
Our highly experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning work accident claims. Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you.
If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.
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Crane Accident Injury FAQ's
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?
You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.
However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.
How long will my claim take?
The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.
For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can take years.
Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.
Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:
Personal injury claim type
Estimated claim duration*
4 to 9 months
6 to 9 months
12 to 36 months
12 to 18 months
6 to 9 months
3 to 4 months**
12 to 18 months**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
Will I have to go to court?
Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by Quittance’s solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.
Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.
Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?
No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.
Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.
Can I get an interim compensation payment?
If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim interim compensation payments.
An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.