New York City Crane Accident Lawyer
Cranes are a common presence on most construction sites, playing an integral part in the construction of a wide range of different structures. Unfortunately, cranes pose a number of unique safety risks to both workers and anyone else on or near a construction site. Both because of their substantial size and complexity, cranes annually contribute to a substantial number of construction accidents in the United States.
Because of the serious consequences that being involved in a crane accident can pose for injury victims, those responsible for construction sites are often liable for the costs of a crane accident. If you have been involved in a crane accident in New York City, the construction accident attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, know just how difficult your situation may be, and we are committed to providing experienced, knowledgeable legal representation to individuals in your situation. To learn more about how we can help you after a crane accident in New York City, contact us today at (212) 779-0057.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
A crane accident claim can quickly become complex due to the nature of the construction industry. On any given construction site, you likely have a general contractor, property owners, developers, and dozens of separate contracting companies. Heavy equipment, including cranes, are typically rented from yet another contractor. So, if you are injured by a crane through no fault of your own, how do you get relief for your injuries when all of these different people and businesses point fingers at each other? It is too much for a victim to handle on your own. An experienced crane accident attorney will provide professional legal guidance in your unique situation and will handle your claim so that you get the maximum compensation allowed for your injuries.
If you have sustained serious injuries from a crane accident in New York that caused you to spend time in the hospital or make frequent doctor’s visits, you need the assistance of an attorney. Medical bills accumulate fast, and they continue to accumulate when you take time off work. You are probably wondering how you are going to pay your daily expenses and support your family. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we understand the stress you are going through, and we can offer our knowledgeable team of crane accident attorneys to handle your case. Our firm will take care of all of the legal details so that you can get the medical attention you need to make a successful recovery. Our main focus will be to aggressively pursue the parties responsible for your accident, and we will do this for you at no cost unless we win your case.
Insurance companies quickly become involved in crane accident cases because the equipment companies take out large policies on this heavy machinery. The insurance company will likely quickly offer you a settlement after your accident, but be wary. This initial settlement will likely be a lowball offer that will not cover nearly all of your expenses. The crane accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP can evaluate any offers from insurance and advise you on your next steps. We have extensive experience in dealing with the insurance companies and we can assist you in settlement negotiations so that you get the maximum compensation available for your injuries.
Why Choose Hach & Rose, LLP?
At Hach & Rose, LLP, we are highly experienced legal professionals who have dedicated our careers to helping victims in need. There are many areas of the law, but we choose to be a part of a legal field that actively assists injured parties and their families in recovery from serious accidents. This dedication has earned us numerous awards and honors, including lawyers who are listed in Super Lawyers, and partners who are regular speakers at the New York Bar Association.
In particular, name partner Michael A. Rose has tried many cases, including the highest verdict in 2012 in New York State in a construction accident case. The jury in that case awarded the victim more than thirteen million dollars. In other years, Mr. Rose has also obtained some of the highest verdicts, including four top verdicts out of the top one hundred in personal injury suits in 2010 and 2011. Mr. Rose is ranked a 10 out of 10 on Avvo and has achieved a preeminent ranking on Martindale Hubbell’s peer review rankings. Associate David R. Cheverie also dedicates much of his practice to construction accident matters. He is a lifetime member of Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America.
We have built our practice on the guiding principles of honesty and integrity, which you will feel when you let us represent you in your claim. When our work results in assisting an injured victim and their family, that is a victory worth more than any amount of money. Our attorneys and legal staff treat everyone with equal courtesy and respect. As a member of our client family, you will receive the individual attention you deserve as we aggressively pursue the parties responsible for your injuries. Our work is not done until we exhaust every legal remedy for your claim. While we cannot guarantee results, we can promise that we will make every effort to win your case.
Common Types of Crane Accidents
The operators and owners of cranes need to be held responsible when their faulty or dangerous equipment endangers the lives of innocent workers and bystanders. There are a number of different types of crane accidents that could result in devastating injuries that have life-altering consequences for workers, including:
- Contact with power lines
- Crane collapse
- Dropped loads
- Crushing by counterweight
- Crane tip-overs
- Improper crane setup
- Negligent crane operation
- Mechanical failures
- Crane transport accidents
If you have suffered injuries in a crane accident due to the negligent or irresponsible behavior of someone else, you may be entitled to financial compensation beyond workers’ comp. This can include compensation for your medical expenses, wages lost from time off work, rehabilitation, pain, suffering, and other damages. If you can assign liability to anyone other than your employer, such as a third-party contractor, crane owner, or crane manufacturer, you should be able to pursue a third-party personal injury claim for compensation. Talk to an attorney today to learn more about your legal rights. At Hach & Rose, LLP we will fight for your rights as an injured victim so that you and your family can get the relief you need.
Despite a simple appearance, a crane is a complex machine that requires skill to set up and operate. A crane operator obtains training through formal education and experience under a supervisor. Before operation, a crane must be leveled to ensure that it is on stable ground. Additionally, the operator must be aware of the crane’s load chart, which determines the load capacity the crane can bear. If a crane operator either neglects tasks during set up or chooses to operate a crane with more weight than it can handle, serious accidents can happen.
Proving Liability in a Crane Accident
Negligence is at the base of many crane accident cases. To prove that a crane operator or professional was negligent in setting up or operating a crane, your attorney will have to prove that the operator had a duty of care that they breached that caused you a serious injury. When crane operators and construction crews are using a crane, they have a duty to do so safely. This means that if you are on or near the construction site, it should be reasonably safe for you to be there.
A crane operator or crew can be negligent if the crane was not set up properly. This sometimes involves a failure to level the crane or a failure to use proper locking mechanisms. With this type of negligent action or omission, a crane may be likely to tip over, even if it is not overloaded. A common type of negligence involving cranes is negligent operation. If an operator places too heavy of a load on the crane, the load could be dropped or cause the crane to tip.
However, negligence only matters if you are pursuing a personal injury claim. If you were injured while working, you may only be able to pursue a workers’ compensation claim. These claims typically will only provide you with reimbursement for certain expenses such as medical expenses and typically only for a certain period of time. They also usually bar you from suing your employer.
If you are able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit based on negligence, you may be able to recover more compensation. Personal injury lawsuits are available if your injuries were caused by a party other than your employer, such as a third-party contractor.
In certain cases, you may also be able to recover from the crane manufacturer or parts manufacturer for producing a defective product. A product is considered to be defective when it does not function the way an ordinary consumer would expect it to work while being used for its intended purpose. Manufacturers have a duty to provide safe products when they put them up for sale.
A defective product may be caused by a design flaw, a defect in the manufacturing process, or a failure to provide appropriate warnings about dangers associated with using the product. If a product is inherently defective, the manufacturer may be held strictly liable, which means that you would not need to prove negligence on the part of the company. We evaluate cases involving crane accidents with defective product theories in mind.
If you are unsure what kind of claim is right for you, contact a lawyer right away.
Can Crane Accidents Be Prevented?
Cranes are inherently dangerous because of the jobs they are used to complete. It is necessary that workplaces have trained work crews that are knowledgeable, and where necessary, certified in the use of equipment. There are several ways to work toward preventing crane accidents:
- Properly trained crew: Only workers who have the appropriate knowledge, training, and certification to operate or maintain a crane should be allowed to complete these tasks. Before every use of a crane, the crew should visually inspect the equipment to prevent injuries.
- Appropriate site: A crane needs a leveled area that will not shift under the weight of the crane or its load.
- Safety plan: A plan should be put into place before any job using a crane. It is important to stay within the weight load that the crane can handle. It is important to be aware of surroundings, including where people are, other buildings, and power lines. Electrocution is one of the top causes of injuries in crane accidents, so awareness is key.
- Secure load: The load must be properly secured before it is lifted. This should be tested prior to doing the entire lift.
All of the above precautions should be followed on every single lift to avoid preventable injuries.
Crane Accident Compensation
If you have suffered a serious injury in a crane accident, you may be entitled to compensation for economic and noneconomic losses. The damages you may recover are intended to make you “whole,” or roughly put you in the same position you were in prior to the accident. Economic damages are measurable damages, such as medical expenses. Noneconomic damages are not as easy to measure and involve things such as pain and suffering. The following is a list of items that you may be awarded damages for in a successful personal injury suit:
- Medical bills
- Hospital stays and long term care
- Medical supplies and equipment
- Medical care in your home
- Lost wages for being away from work
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium, or companionship
- Emotional distress
If you are concerned about whether you may be entitled to compensation in a crane accident, please contact us right away for an evaluation of your case.
Contact a Crane Accident Attorney in New York City
If you or someone you know has been injured in a crane accident, contact the experienced lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 for the aggressive and dedicated representation you deserve. We will fight to get you the compensation you need for your injuries.