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New York Crane Accident Lawyer

Recovering Significant Awards for Construction Accident Victims

Cranes are often unsafely used on worksites to the detriment of operators and other construction workers. Employers and third parties may cut corners to boost their bottom line, avoiding their duty to provide safe worksites. Construction workers hurt in crane accidents at NYC construction sites should contact the New York crane accident lawyers atRheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman.

We can assess your right and opportunity to file a construction accident lawsuit outside workers’ compensation to recover additional damages, including pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and loss of spousal consortium. We have represented injured parties in New York negligence and accident lawsuits for over 50 years. We fight aggressively to procure the largest settlements that our clients deserve. Call today to schedule a free consultation.

How Can a Skilled Construction Accident Lawyer Help an Injured Crane Accident Victim?

Construction laws in New York require those in charge of worksites to follow strict guidance to ensure the safety of workers. A skilled  New York construction accident lawyer can translate these details into more readily understood terminology for judges and juries during a trial. They can also better explain the liability issues that impose responsibility for payment of damages on the parties that negligently operated the crane.

A skilled New York crane accident attorney from our firm will also have the construction site knowledge and experience to identify all parties that might be liable for an injured worker’s damages.

We’re ready to stand for the rights and interests of workers. Call us at (212) 684-1880 today or complete this form to send us a message.

What are the Most Common Causes of Crane Accidents?

Construction industry trade associations and OSHA have determined that the most common causes of crane accidents are:

  • Crane buckling or collapsing due to setups on unstable ground or from usage that surpasses a crane’s weight limits.
  • Improper crane assembly, including incorrect use of blocking supports.
  • Poor or insufficient employee training that leads to disregarding risks and hazards
  • Mechanical failure due to poor maintenance.
  • Electrocution from contact between the crane and live electrical power sources.

The injuries that result from these and other crane accidents include broken bones and lacerations, traumatic brain injuries, damage to internal organs, loss of one or more limbs, and severe burns and nerve damage from electrocution.


What Compensation Can an Injured Worker Recover in a Crane Accident Lawsuit?

A construction worker can file a workers’ compensation claim against their employer to recover medical expenses and a portion of lost wages. In a workers’ compensation case, no one party is determined to be at fault, and the employee cannot sue the employer for damages. Injured workers should submit an accident report within 30 days.

However, in many cases, an injured construction worker may have the right and opportunity to file a third-party lawsuit for losses beyond workers’ compensation.

Our team can help you recover these additional damages, including pain and suffering, the balance of lost wages not reimbursed by workers’ comp, and payments for diminished future earnings. Common defendants in third-party claims include negligent drivers, manufacturers of defective equipment, and construction site managers.

We can analyze the facts and evidence and determine all avenues of monetary recovery that may be available to you.


What is the statute of limitations for a crane accident lawsuit?

In some cases, the injured construction worker must file their New York crane accident lawsuit within three years after the date of the accident. In the cases of construction work on government projects, the timeline can be as little as 90 days.

Even if the injured worker has no immediate intention of filing a lawsuit, they should still consult with an NYC crane accident attorney soon after the accident. If you were injured in a crane accident, our team can help you understand your rights and educate you about the damages you may be eligible to recover.


CallRheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman for a free consultation

Please call the New York law firm of Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman as soon as possible after your accident for a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our crane accident attorneys.

We will provide a straightforward and fair assessment of your opportunity to file a third-party lawsuit. If you retain our services and we accept your case, you will pay no fees unless and until we recover damages on your behalf. In that case, our fees will be included with those damages.