New York Crane Accident Attorney Service

New York Crane Accident Attorney Service

Cranes are important to many major metropolitan areas, especially New York City.  Without cranes, many of the high-rise buildings we frequent today wouldn’t be possible.  However, the use of tall cranes carries the risk of crane accidents . They total about 20 percent of all construction-related accidents.  If you’ve been injured in a crane accident, we are here to help you navigate the road to recovery.  Please fill out the form to talk to a qualified crane accident lawyer on our team at Moshe’s Law Offices.

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How a Crane Accident Lawyer Can Assist You

Crane accidents can be very traumatic.  One can leave you dealing with painful recovery and a substantially impacted quality of life.  Financial insecurity from loss of income only adds to your stress level.  What are you going to do?  Where are you going to get the money and means to simply recover, let alone make ends meet and survive?  

That’s where an experienced legal team can benefit you.  The right attorney will invest their time examining the details of a case and what should be done for you in the way of compensation.  This leaves you to focus on getting better, rather than stressing over financial and medical worries.

Determining Who Is Liable For Your Injury

Under New York law, any party involved in a construction project, especially a project that leads to your accident, can be liable for injury and damages.  These can include but aren’t limited to:

  • Construction companies and/or property owners
  • General contractors and their subcontractors
  • Architects and engineers

General contractors and property owners may also be held strictly liable under New York’s labor laws.  

Filing a Lawsuit

While you may be recovering from a crane accident, it’s still a good idea to take action as soon as possible to put forward the strongest claim possible.  The accident should be reported to your higher-ups as soon as possible per your employer’s individual accident policies and procedures.  Medical professionals should evaluate and treat your injuries, even if they seem minor and you think you don’t need treatment.  The impact of seemingly minor injuries do not show themselves until months or years later.  That’s why it’s important to document everything as early and as thoroughly as possible, as these details can be used in court if it comes to filing a lawsuit at some point in the future.

Proving Equipment Failure, Operator Error Or Negligence

An attorney experienced in crane accident injuries will best know how to prove important things like equipment failure, operator error or negligence.  The Occupational Safety Health Administration has laws and regulations on the books to ensure an  employee’s right to a safe work environment and construction site:

  1. Crane operators or a designated must visually maintain safe clearances b between the crain and other areas.
  2. Electricity lines must be grounded and de-energized, and must be done so properly and not relied upon to be kept safe by cage boom guards, proximity warnings, or insulated links.
  3. Cranes can only be used if safe distance can be maintained from lines that aren’t de-energized.

Two major New York laws also mandate the following:

  1. New York Labor Law § 240(1):  contractors and property owners must supply and erect construction essentials like scaffolds, hoists, ladders, ropes, etc. to ensure workers have the proper protections in place.
  2. New York Labor Law § 241(6):  construction equipment and machinery must be secured and operated in such a way to ensure proper and sufficient protection for on-site construction workers.

Preserve a Highest Possible Compensation for You

Clear documentation, detailed record keeping, and strategizing with a highly qualified New York york crane accident attorney can maximize your chances of getting what you’re due after a crane accident.

Common Causes Of Crane Accidents  

As construction booms across the country, during the initial outbreak and ongoing issues with Covid-19, it seems like there is a corresponding increase in accidents.  Crane accidents may happen for any number of reasons, but some common factors appear to pop up more than others:

  • Crane or crane boom collapses
  • Inexperienced or unqualified crane operators
  • Overloaded or improperly set up crane equipment
  • Crane equipment failure
  • Cranes coming in contact with power lines
  • Negligence in supervision or equipment operation
  • Unclear or frequently changing operating procedures

Compensation for Crane Injuries We Can Pursue

Two of the biggest worries for a person involved in a crane accident are medical and living expenses.  How can you get by if you have no means of income?  Time is of the essence.  Do not hesitate to pursue what you’re due after your accident.  You could lose out on what you may be entitled to if you wait too long.

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Hospitalization Costs

Hospitalization costs vary from accident to accident.  However, the more severe the accident, the greater potential for hospitalization (surgeries, emergency and acute treatment, medications, etc.) alone to run into the thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Future Treatment Costs

Cost of future treatment also varies, like hospitalization costs.  But depending on your exact needs (physical therapy, additional surgeries, possibly long-term rehabilitative hospitalization), these could run from the thousands, to even millions of dollars for the most severe accidents.

Lost Wages

Construction workers are some of the highest paid workers in the United States.  And the loss of a well-paying construction job can have a substantial impact on your financial quality of life.  A good New York crane accident lawyer can examine the details of a case and calculate with a high degree of assurance what you could’ve earned had you not been involved in a crane accident.

Diminished Future Earnings

Even if you are able to go back to work, you may not be able to return to what you worked before 100%, depending on the severity of your injuries.  A good crane accident attorney can also help calculate the difference between any full pay or reduced wages if you went back to work in a reduced capacity or different position.

Physical Pain and Suffering

One of the fallouts from any accident, and especially a crane accident, is immediate and ongoing pain and suffering.  There may be ongoing costs for pain-relieving medications and treatments and physical therapy to help reduce pain levels and return a reasonable quality of life.

Mental and Emotional Anguish

The stress of recovery and uncertainty of future income and medical and living expenses piles on to an already unfortunate situation.  While they are less tangible than, say, medical expenses, it is possible to be awarded non-economic damages for a case.  However, it depends on how direct an impact an accident had on the individual injured.

Type Of Legal Claims After a Crane Accident in NYC

There are several avenues good New York Crane accident lawyer can pursue to get you the money you are entitled to.  Visit the website for the Law Offices of Yuriy Moshes to chat online with one of our experienced team members.  Or call us to set an appointment for a free consultation.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits

You generally have 30 days from the date of the accident to notify your employer of the accident.  From there, the deadline is a year out to formally submit a workers compensation claim.  Keep in mind though, when you file for workers comp, you can potentially waive your right to sue your employer, if you and your attorney decide a lawsuit is the best option.  

Personal Injury Lawsuit

Even if you waive your right to sue your employer, you can potentially file a lawsuit against other parties.  Under New York state labor laws, you are able to sue for damages to the property owner, contractors, architects or engineers on a project.  Manufacturers of defective cranes can be sued as well if your attorney determines the accident was caused by defective equipment.  

Wrongful Death Lawsuit

If a loved one died in a crane accident, you may have a right to sue under wrongful death provisions under New York law.  Potential recoverable costs include funeral costs and lost financial support.

When You Should Contact a Crane Accident Injury Lawyer

You or a loved one should contact an experienced New york crane accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident.  The clock starts ticking the moment an accident happens, and aside from immediate medical care, there are many details of an accident that need to be tracked and investigated.  And this is best done under a good, qualified attorney.

When Do You Have to File a Lawsuit

As mentioned previously, if you pursue a workers comp claim, you have 30 days to tell your employer about your accident, and a year after that to formally file a workers compensation claim.  If you and your attorney decide a personal lawsuit is the better option, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of the accident.

Why Choose Us As Your Crane Accident Lawyer

There are many moving parts during and after a crane accident.  A good New York crane accident attorney will gather medical documentation, investigate an accident (including gathering documents, witness statements, and video of the accident scenes where possible), calculate economic and non-economic damages based on your individual circumstance, to get you the greatest amount of compensation possible.  You need someone who will stay focused on the job of recovering what you’re due while you can stay focused on the job of recovering.  

Get a Free Case Consultation from Crane Accident Lawyer NYC

The first step to hiring a qualified crane accident lawyer, who will get the ball rolling on your case, is to arrange for a free consultation with one of our experienced team members. 

Call our office or visit our website to fill out a form, and someone from our office will contact you to discuss your case further.

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