Suffering a crane accident injury can be a frightening experience. There are state and federal rules and regulations that were put in place to protect construction workers from work-related accidents. Despite these laws terrible accidents still take place. In fact, one of the worst construction site accidents in New York history involved the collapse of a crane that was being used to construct a high-rise building. Usually a crane injury is very serious and includes injuries such as back injury, spinal injury, including quadriplegia or paraplegia, broken bones, or a brain injury. In the same way that a victim of a car accident may seek damages from the negligent person, the law allows victims of crane accidents to seek damages as well. If you or a loved one was injured in a crane accident and are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer it is important that you immediately speak with an experienced Bronx Crane Accident Lawyer who will review your case and work hard to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. In addition, if during the course of the treatment for your injuries your doctor commits medical malpractice, the party responsible for your crane accident injuries may be required to compensate you for the medical malpractice injury as well.Crane Safety
Even though there are state and federal laws as well as industry regulations that require the implementation of safety standards, each year people are hurt in crane accidents. OSHA has established strict regulations that must be complied with to prevent serious injury. 40% of all crane accidents occur when a crane hits power lines. This type of accident causes electrocution and fatalities. Other causes of crane accidents include:
- Rigging failures
- Mechanical failure
- Dropped loads
- Improper operation
- Boom collapse
In 2008 there was a tragic crane accident in New York. A tower crane was being used for the construction of a high-rise building. The crane collapsed, killing 7 people and injuring several more people. The accident happened when the crane toppled when a steel collar used to tie the crane to the side of the building fell as workers attempted to install it. Victims of this accident filed claims against a number of defendants, including contractors and the manufacturers of the crane. Cabukyuksel v. Ascot Props. LLC (N.Y. Sup. Ct., 2011).
Pursuant to OSHA regulations, employees have specific rules and guidelines that must be followed when using cranes including:
- If a crane cannot maintain a safe visual clearance, a person must be designated to observe the proper clearance;
- Do not use a cage-type boom guards, proximity warning devices, or insulating links as a substitute for grounded and de-energizing lines;
- Electrical and transmission lines must be de-energized;
- If lines are not de-energized, cranes can only be operated in a safe distance can be maintained;
- Insulated barriers that are not part of the crane must be used to prevent contact with power lines.
Injuries often seen with crane accidents include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, back injuries, neck injuries, broken bones, and shoulder injuries. The recovery from such a serious injury can be expensive and lengthy. A crane injury victim may even learn that he or she is not able to return to work at all because the crane injury has left him or her disabled. While coping with a painful recovery as well as the financial stress of mounting medical bills and lack of income, it may be difficult to determine what your next step should be.Pursuing a Claim
If your injury was caused by the negligence of another person, you are entitled to recover compensation. The manner in which you will receive compensation is determined by who was responsible for the accident. As New York law requires all employers to carry workers' compensation insurance, if your employer was at fault, you will be entitled to benefits from workers' compensation insurance. If a sub-contractor, property owner or equipment manufacturer was at fault, you may have to file a personal injury lawsuit in court. Through a personal injury lawsuit you may be able to recover past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity and pain and suffering. If your loved one died as a result of a crane accident, you may be able to recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.Bronx Crane Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one was injured in a crane accident, it is important that you are represented by someone with experienced. The staff at Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC has experience successfully representing clients injured in construction accidents, as well as vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents and other types of accidents caused by negligence. In addition, we have the resources to handle complex construction accident cases. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case.