New York Crane Accident Lawyer
New York has been plagued with construction crane accidents recently. Cranes are used daily throughout New York City for the many ongoing construction projects. The operation of a crane is extremely complex and, when things go wrong, the consequences can be disastrous. Crane accidents in New York result in more than 20% of all fatalities in construction accidents. While construction workers can be injured in crane accidents, so can bystanders and pedestrians.
Technological Improvement Of Cranes
Technology has greatly increased the capabilities of cranes. Cranes extend further, move faster, and carry heavier loads than ever before. The great reach and weight-holding capabilities, however, have opened up the potential for catastrophic injuries. Cranes now come in a variety of forms depending on the desired function, including tower cranes, gantry cranes, jib cranes, and overhead cranes. No other construction equipment has the capabilities that a crane has, which is why standards for crane operations are so strict.
Nevertheless, the risks to workers and bystanders have increased with crane capability development. The more a crane is capable of reaching greater heights, the higher the risk is to those within its reach. In New York City, it is nearly impossible for pedestrians to avoid construction areas utilizing cranes. The dangerous nature of crane operation does not prevent injured persons from legal protection and compensation. If you have been injured in a crane accident, contact a New York crane accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff for a free consultation. We are experts at New York crane regulations, as well as the litigation of crane accident cases. We will be able to give you immediate help.
What Are Common Causes Of Crane Accidents?
Crane accidents occur when those in charge of planning and executing construction at the worksite fail to keep the safety of workers and bystanders their primary concern. Crane accidents most commonly happen when:
- Cranes are overloaded with material.
- Cranes overturn because they are not set up properly by deploying stabilizing outriggers.
- Operating procedures are changed suddenly on an as-needed basis by supervisory personnel.
- Electrical power lines are not properly considered; as a result, the boom can come in contact with them, causing worker electrocutions.
- Loads are dropped.
- Equipment is poorly maintained.
- Cranes in motion strike unsuspecting workers or passersby.
- Counterweights strike or crush workers.
- The crane is set up on an improper foundation or rough terrain.
- Those in charge of planning and executing construction choose the wrong type of crane for the task or it is inadequate considering the conditions at the jobsite.
- The operators of the crane are insufficiently trained.
- The boom of the crane collapses.
- Hoist failure
- The crane operator, site supervisor, or superintendent is inexperienced or unknowledgeable about safe crane operation.
Who May Be Liable For Your Injuries?
There are a variety of individuals and their respective companies who may be responsible for your injuries as a result of a crane accident. Although the injured party’s employer may be responsible for the accident, New York has passed laws that make the owners and other contractors legally responsible for the worker’s injuries. These potential parties can include:
- Premises owners – New York Labor Law imposes strict and absolute liability upon property owners to provide a safe worksite. Injuries resulting from crane accidents occurring on the owner’s property establish absolute liability for injuries.
- Equipment manufacturers – Injury may occur as a result of the manufacturing process of the crane. This defect may have been the main reason for your injuries. Manufacturer liability may come as a result of faulty assembling of the crane’s parts, a defective part, or failure to include essential parts of the crane. Thus, a product liability action may be found as a result.
- Engineers and architects – Your injury resulting from a crane accident may have been the result of the engineers’ or architects’ negligence. These individuals may have placed the operation of the crane in an irresponsible or reckless place, or required the crane to engage in a process that injury would likely follow.
- General contractors and sub-contractors – It is the responsibility of the contractor to ensure that the correct crane is chosen for the particular job. Furthermore, contractors and general contractors are responsible for ensuring that those who operate a crane are competently trained. Proper maintenance and storage of a crane may be another responsibility of the contractors and general contractors that could potentially lead to liability.
- Supervisors – It is the responsibility of a supervisor to ensure that cranes are being operated properly and safely. The on-site supervisor’s role is to require that particular standards are met and safety guidelines are followed during a crane’s operation. If a supervisor behaves negligently and injury results to either the operator of the crane, other workers, or pedestrians, liability falls on the person responsible for ensuring these individuals’ safety.
- Crane owners – The owner of the crane that caused your injury may be found liable. Owners are responsible for maintaining their cranes and ensuring they are functioning properly. Failing to keep the crane in proper shape may have been the cause of your injuries.
What Are Common Crane Accident Injuries?
- Broken bones
- Brain injuries
- Crush injuries
- Back injuries
This list of possible injuries is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of injuries that may result from a crane accident. The massive scale of this particular accident opens up endless possibilities in terms of injuries. Whether your injury is minor, catastrophic, obvious, obscure, or life-threatening, it is imperative that you receive compensation for injuries resulting from the negligence of others.
What Should I Do Following A Crane Accident?
If you get injured in a crane accident, seek medical attention immediately. It is important that you are seen by a doctor and your injuries are properly diagnosed. Injuries may not seem obvious to you at the time of your accident, but a doctor can uncover any serious injuries.
After receiving medical attention and seeing a doctor, contact a New York construction accident attorney to discuss your rights to compensation for any personal injury, wrongful death, or workers’ compensation claims. As always, it is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible in order to better serve your needs and maximize your compensation. At the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, we take photo and video evidence, get witness statements, conduct an inspection of the accident area, and segregate any faulty equipment.
What Potential Claims Am I Entitled To?
Workers’ Compensation Claim – If you are covered under workers’ compensation as an employee, a claim may be filed seeking the appropriate remedies. In New York, you may seek compensation for wages lost due to your injuries, medical bills incurred following the crane accident, disability benefits, and death benefits. Workers’ compensation, however, may not be enough to bring you back to the state you held before the accident. Third parties may be found liable outside of your workers’ compensation claim.
Personal Injury Claim – Third parties may be found liable for a personal injury claim as a result of your injuries incurred following a crane accident. Following a personal injury claim, you may seek medical costs, lost wages, emotional distress, and/or pain and suffering damages.
Wrongful Death Claim – Third parties may be found liable for a wrongful death claim as a result of a crane accident.
Contact the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC
The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff and its construction accident attorneys are well-versed in crane accident cases and are aggressive in litigating cases for those injured. It is important that your personal injury attorney be dedicated to fighting for your cause. If you have been involved in a crane accident, contact a New York crane accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff for a free consultation. Contact us online or call us at any time at 212-962-1020 or toll-free at 877-675-4529.