Crane and Vehicular Accidents
At David Resnick & Associates, P.C., we represent workers injured on construction sites in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx and all of New York City. Our attorneys have experience in a variety of construction site injuries, including those caused by crane and vehicular accidents. Contact us to speak with a New York crane and heavy equipment accident lawyer today.
Cranes are complex pieces of machinery, often operating and transporting extremely heavy materials at great heights. When cranes aren’t operated correctly or an equipment malfunction causes an accident, serious injury and death can follow. Crane accidents can occur as a result of problems with virtually any component of the crane, including derricks, hoists, and hoisting accessories.
How Do Crane Accidents Occur in New York?
There are very specific regulations in place to govern the operation of cranes on a construction site – and most employers follow these guidelines rigorously. Safety regulations include:
- Crane operators must maintain safe minimum clearance from energized power lines (or power lines must be de-energized).
- If the crane operator cannot see clearly enough to identify a safe distance, another worker must stand watch and communicate to the crane operator.
- Insulated barriers separate from the crane must be used to prevent any contact with power lines.
However, despite these and other rules, New York construction accidents involving cranes continue to occur. Some of the more common scenarios that can cause a crane accident include:
- Boom or crane contact with an energized power line
- Accidents under the hook lifting device
- Cranes overturning
- Loads being dropped
- Booms collapsing
- Crushing by the counterweight
- Outrigger use
- Falls from the crane
- Failures in rigging.
Some New York construction accidents happen because of honest, albeit dangerous, mistakes. Far more happen because of negligence on the part of contractors, equipment manufacturers, or other parties on the construction site. The law prohibits employees from suing their employers in a New York construction injury lawsuit – however, if another company or entity is responsible for the accident, the injured worker can file a claim against the third party (not his or her employer). New York City crane accident claims are rarely simple because there are so many factors involved – so it’s essential to work with a crane and heavy equipment accident attorney in NYC like David Resnick & Associates, P.C.
Our New York City personal injury lawyers can evaluate your situation and determine if you have a case against a third party that is not your employer. Crane accident claims can result in payment of compensation for your injuries that includes:
- Pain and suffering
- Additional wage loss benefits beyond what workers’ compensation will pay
- Medical bills
- Loss of relationship – This assigns a monetary cost to the activities and services you are no longer able to provide to your immediate family due to your injuries.
Contact Our New York City Crane and Vehicular Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a crane accident while on the job, please contact David Resnick & Associates, P.C. Even if you are already receiving benefits, it may be to your advantage to consult an experienced New York construction accident attorney to ensure that you are receiving the maximum benefits available under the law.
At David Resnick & Associates, P.C., we offer a free initial evaluation of your claim, and our New York City construction accident attorneys will negotiate a prompt, fair and just settlement or fight aggressively to ensure that you receive full maximum compensation in accordance with the law. Call 212-279-2000 today for a free consultation or contact us online.