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CRANE ACCIDENTS IN NEW YORK CITY
GET HELP FROM A LAWYER EXPERIENCED WITH CRANE ACCIDENTS IN Queens, NYC
Cranes are present in most large construction sites. This equipment is necessary to help workers perform essential tasks, but they are also very dangerous and may cause serious injuries to both the crane operators and to others working on the site. When coupled with heavy loads, inclement weather conditions, high winds, and failure to follow proper safety protocols, crane accidents can lead to devastating results.
Cranes can vary in height, weight, and carrying capacity. However, whether it is a 50 ton-bearing crane or a 500 ton-bearing crane, an accident of any kind within the zone of danger likely leads to serious injuries and deaths. One careless move or overestimation can lead to a terrifying tragedy. Cranes can tip over, collapse, drop loads, can be negligently operated, or can be past due for inspection.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set up specific regulations that in order to keep construction workers safe. According to OSHA, there are approximately 125,000 cranes in operation today in the construction industry. OSHA’s analysis of crane accidents in general industry and construction identified an average of 71 fatalities each year.
Crane collapses are one of the most catastrophic construction accidents to occur. Unfortunately, crane accidents occur with alarming frequency. Injuries from falls, blunt force trauma from heavy equipment, loss of limbs, or even death are commonplace when a crane accident takes place. Some common crane accident injuries include:
- Back Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Head Injuries
- Shoulder Injuries
- Spinal Cord
- Wrongful Death
When you’re injured or you’ve lost a loved one in an accident, you could be entitled to compensation to help you through this difficult time. Do not hesitate, because certain time limits apply to accident injury claims.
Individuals who suffer catastrophic injury from a crane collapse or families who have lost a member in a crane accident need to know their rights and seek out proper representation from an experienced lawyer.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A CRANE ACCIDENT IN NEW YORK
If you or a family member have been injured in a crane accident, the injured may be entitled to benefits or compensation. There are two options for pursuing compensation from crane accidents.
File a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation benefits are available to all covered workers for any on-the-job injury you may suffer regardless of whether mistake or negligence was involved. These claims can help cover lost wages, medical bills, and disability benefits when necessary. Workers’ compensation death benefits can be provided if a worker was killed in a construction accident to surviving dependents.
File a personal injury or wrongful death claim. You can’t file an injury or wrongful death claim against an employer as workers’ compensation is an exclusive remedy. However, you can pursue a claim against any third party that was responsible for the injuries. A third party lawsuit may include the manufacturer of the crane or similar parties. When crane accidents result in workers’ deaths, we can represent family members in wrongful death claims.
Whether you or a family member was injured due to a crane accident, you may be entitled to full benefits and compensation. Know your rights and get the answers you deserve. Our attorneys are dedicated to getting crane accident victims the compensation they deserve. Call the trusted law firm to represent you in the case of a crane accident. Contact our New York City and Queens construction accident lawyers.
Call to schedule a free initial consultation at (718) 897-2211.