A Wisconsin man who suffered a terrible fall last summer has made an incredible recovery. The man is a crane operator and was working on a job on U.S. Highway 41 near Oshkosh when his life-threatening accident occurred. Though he had worked on cranes for 12 years, he had never been involved in an accident until last summer.
This man was working with one other crane operator on the day of his accident when his crane suddenly collapsed. The boom of his crane hit and killed a truck driver at the site of the accident. This man was thrown from the cab of his crane and suffered serious brain injuries from his fall.
After spending days in a medically-induced coma, months in the hospital, and even more time doing rehabilitation and therapy, this man has almost fully recovered. The man's doctor states, "He's one in 10 million because he suffered a traumatic brain injury and has made such a full recovery." His brain injury was so serious, it did not seem he would survive, let alone recover so successfully.
However, this man's recovery did not come without many costs. Months of rehabilitation, hospital stays, and therapy can add up to a significant amount of money. Since this man's accident occurred when he was working, his employer may be held responsible for some of the costs incurred as a result of the accident.
If it is discovered that the crane crumbled because of the company's failure to maintain their cranes, it is possible that this man could file a workers' compensation lawsuit.
Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "After critical head injury, crane operator makes remarkable recovery," Georgia Pabst, Feb. 10, 2013