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Crane Accident Lawyers in New York

Trusted Crane Accident Lawyers Fight for Workers Injured in Construction Accidents in New York

Construction projects throughout New York City rely heavily upon cranes, which can reach greater heights than any other piece of equipment.  Strict federal and New York laws regulate the operation and manufacture of these complex cranes. And yet the occurrence of crane accidents is on the rise.  In most cases, the root cause of these often-devastating crane accidents is simple negligence.

At Proner & Proner, our New York crane accident lawyers have been helping injured workers recover compensation for over 50 years.  We’re experts in the laws that govern crane and construction accidents in New York—and we’ve already recovered over $400 million in compensation for injured clients throughout the city.

Our lawyers are dedicated to putting our hard-working clients first.  If you or a loved one have been injured in a crane accident in New York, you don’t have to try to navigate the system alone.  The financial stress of mounting expenses can interfere with your physical recovery. We’re here to put our expertise to work in order to fight to stop that from happening.  For a risk-free, no-cost initial consultation, call or contact our New York crane accident lawyers today.

Some Common Causes of Crane Accidents in New York City

The injuries sustained in a crane accident can be overwhelming.  When an ordinary day on the job suddenly results in a painful injury, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Workplace accidents present complexities that aren’t always an issue in typical personal injury cases.  

The technology involved in using cranes has made these machines more valuable in construction projects than ever in New York.  Unfortunately, as these machines evolve, accidents and injuries continue to occur. Crane accidents are most likely to occur in situations involving:

  • Contact with electrical lines.  Worker electrical shocks are some of the more common injuries that result from crane accidents. These accidents generally occur when the location and impact of power lines are not properly taken into account in operating the crane.  At minimum, six feet should be allowed between the crane boom and power lines.
  • Improper crane installation.  The quality of the ground where the crane is located dictates precautions that must be taken in installing the crane.  Heavy mats should be used if the ground is soft. All scaffolding, structures and operations in the area must be accounted for.  The type of crane itself also dictates the required installation precautions.
  • Heavy loads.  Cranes are only equipped to carry a certain amount of weight.  Overloading the crane in violation of the manufacturer’s specifications can cause the boom to collapse or the crane to otherwise malfunction.
  • Defective components.  Basic flaws in the manufacture or design of the crane or its components can cause the crane to malfunction even if all relevant safety standards are followed.
  • Improper training. As technology continues to advance, so must worker training.  In many cases, your supervisor or employer may fail to properly train the crane operator.

Additional causes of New York crane accidents include:

  • Failure to complete routine maintenance or inspection of the crane,
  • Miscommunication between construction workers and supervisors,
  • The wrong type of crane is used for the job,
  • The rigging was unsafe or tag lines were not used properly,
  • Specific safety standards with respect to crane use were disobeyed.

Our Battle Tested Labor Accident Lawyers Fight for Workers Injured in New York Crane Accidents

Crane accidents can happen in an instant.  In many cases when you’re injured in a work accident, you might not even know what happened to cause the accident.  Our lawyers will work to determine whether:

  • Crane operators and other workers were properly trained,
  • Written safety procedures were put into place and followed,
  • The crane was properly inspected and maintained,
  • The manufacturer’s specifications for crane operation were followed,
  • Characteristics of the job site should have resulted in the crane being installed or operated differently,
  • All federal and state safety procedures were followed.

Workers’ compensation benefits are valuable in compensating for most of your medical bills and lost wages.  However, crane accidents are treated differently than typical work accidents. Our experienced crane accident lawyers use the results of our investigation to fight for compensation for:

  • Future medical expenses,
  • Lost ability to work even after recovery,
  • Pain and suffering,
  • Loss of enjoyment of life,
  • Loss of consortium and final expenses in wrongful death cases.

We leave no stone unturned in fighting for your rights and our labor accident lawyers have the track record of success to prove our value.  Don’t leave money on the table—contact us today for a free consultation to see how we can protect your financial future after a work accident.

Call Our Expert Crane Accident Lawyers in New York for a Free Initial Consultation Today

If you or a loved one have been injured in a crane accident at work, call our top-rated New York crane accident lawyers to learn about your legal right to compensation today.  Your initial consultation is free, so you take no risk in letting us evaluate your work accident claim. To schedule your free initial consultation, you can call our office at any time or contact us online.

Frequently Asked Questions About New York Crane Accidents

FAQ: Who is responsible for paying my expenses after a crane accident under New York law?  

Most construction accidents give injured workers the right to collect workers’ compensation benefits.  When a crane accident is the cause of your injuries, additional parties may be responsible because of the nature of how construction sites work.  In many cases, a separate crane company is responsible for the crane as a contractor. Potentially responsible parties may include: (1) the company that maintains the crane, (2) the company that owns the crane, (3) manufacturers of crane components or (4) various other contractors on the worksite.

FAQ: I was injured in a crane accident.  What is the difference between a workers’ compensation claim and a personal injury lawsuit based on my injuries?  

A personal injury claim gives you the right to recover additional compensation for your crane accident injuries.  Workers’ compensation will only cover a part of your lost wages and provides no compensation for pain and suffering.  On the other hand, workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” system. This means that you don’t have to show that anyone was negligent in causing the crane accident.  In a personal injury case, we will work to show that someone else’s negligence caused the accident.

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