How To File a Claim For a Boom Lift Accident
Boom lifts are one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment in construction, manufacturing, and industrial settings. They can extend to much greater heights compared to other types of aerial lifts and are also a lot more maneuverable. At the same time, working with boom lifts can be extremely dangerous if proper safety measures are not taken.
If you have been injured in a boom lift accident, you can not only receive workers’ compensation benefits, but also might be able to recover damages from third parties who can be held liable for the accident. These cases can be worth a lot of money when handled by a winning New York construction accident law firm.
How to File a Boom Lift Accident Claim in New York
First and foremost, you need to notify your employer about the accident – in writing – within 30 days after the date of the accident. Otherwise, you might not be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits at all.
Once you notify your employer, get in touch with an experienced New York boom lift accident lawyer. The lawyer can help you with your workers’ compensation claim and also investigate your case to find out how the accident happened and who can be held liable for it.
Potential Third-Party Claims after a Boom Lift Accident
Product Liability Claim
If the accident was caused by a defect in the boom lift, the company that manufactured the lift – as well as other parties that were involved in the design, manufacturing, assembly, and distribution of the lift – can be held liable for your injuries.
If a third party’s negligence contributed to the boom lift accident, they can be held liable for your injuries. The parties that can be held liable for a boom lift accident include:
- The party responsible for repairing and maintaining the boom lift (if the accident was caused by lack of proper maintenance)
- The owner of the site which is under construction (if the accident was caused by a defective or hazardous condition on the site)
- General contractors or sub-contractors (if they failed to take the necessary safety measures or forced you to work under dangerous conditions)
- Engineers or architects (if they forced you to perform an unreasonably dangerous task for which you were not qualified or trained)
- And other parties whose negligence might have contributed to the accident
How a Boom Lift Accident Lawyer Can Help You
New York boom lift accidents can be worth a lot of money but are often complicated and hard-fought by the other side. After investigating your case, your lawyer will determine who can be held liable for your injuries. Once they do, they will start collecting the necessary evidence, build a case against the liable party, calculate the value of your claim, and send a demand letter to them.
Upon receiving the letter, the at-fault party’s insurance company will investigate the accident, determine whether you have a legitimate claim against the at-fault party, and make a settlement offer. Your lawyer will then make a counteroffer and try to recover the maximum possible compensation from them.
In some cases, the insurance company might flat out deny liability and refuse to pay any compensation. If and when this scenario happens, your lawyer will file a lawsuit against the liable party and try to recover damages through litigation.
Experienced and Trusted Boom Lift Accident Lawyers are Ready to Fight for You
Boom lift accidents can result in debilitating injuries that can affect your earning capacity significantly. Correlating with this, you need a skilled lawyer who can hold all the at-fault parties accountable and fight aggressively to recover the damages you are owed.
The personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff have over 100 years of combined experience, represented thousands of clients, and recovered more than half a billion dollars in settlements and jury awards.