In New York City, crane accidents are alarmingly common. As recently as October 29, 2020, a crane at a high-rise construction site in Midtown Manhattan sent huge pieces of debris raining down onto sidewalks below when it began spinning out of control due to high winds and stormy weather. Thankfully, in this instance, no one was hurt. But this is not always the case.
Unfortunately, many crane accidents result in devastating injuries and fatalities. Construction workers, passersby, and others in the vicinity often fall victim to these accidents—and when they do, they (or their families) can take legal action.
At The Cassisi Law Firm, we have been representing injured workers, individuals, and the families of those wrongfully killed in Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties since 1985. If you were injured or if someone you love was killed in a construction accident, including accidents involving cranes, we are here to help.
Call our office at 718-441-5050 or contact us online to request a free consultation with one of our Queens crane accident lawyers.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are approximately 125,000 cranes in operation across the U.S. While cranes are often essential to the completion of construction projects, they also pose serious risks to operators, on-site workers, and passersby when accidents happen.
Some of the most common types of crane accidents include:
- Partial and total crane/boom collapses
- Damage to nearby structures
- Falling debris/dropped materials
- Collisions with nearby power lines
- Overturned cranes
These and other crane accidents are often the result of negligence. Some of the leading causes of crane accidents include:
- Loads exceeding maximum allowable weight
- Improperly secured loads before lifting
- Rigging and mechanical failures
- Crane failures, including failed hook-lifting devices
- Crane operator error
- Lack of proper supervision/training
- OSHA and other safety regulation violations
- Poor weather conditions
When crane operators and supervisors fail to follow crane manufacturer specifications or mandated safety regulations, or when cranes fail due to defective design or manufacturing, the consequences can be severe or even deadly. You do not have to face these consequences alone; our Queens crane accident attorneys can help you pursue just compensation from the liable person or party, whether that’s an individual contractor or sub-contractor, a construction company, a crane manufacturer, or any other party.
Crane accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, ranging from broken bones to burns to brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, scarring, and disfigurement. Victims of such injuries will require extensive medical care and may even suffer permanent disability. They may be unable to work for weeks, months, or even years. And, tragically, many crane accident victims die due to their injuries.
At The Cassisi Law Firm, we can help you seek justice and the fair compensation you are owed for your damages. Our attorneys work with accident reconstructionists, engineers, medical professionals, and other experts to thoroughly investigate what happened and who is liable.
After a crane accident, we can help you file a personal injury claim against the liable party and seek compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses related to your injuries
- Future medical care costs
- Lost income/wages
- Lost future earnings and lost earning ability
- Pain and suffering
If your loved one was killed in a crane accident, our team can assist you in bringing a wrongful death action, which may allow you to recover for losses such as:
- Medical costs associated with the deceased’s final care
- Funeral and/or burial expenses
- Lost income, wages, and benefits
- Support, services, care, and guidance provided by the deceased
- Lost inheritance
- Pain and suffering consciously endured by the deceased
At The Cassisi Law Firm, we understand just how devastating these accidents are, as well as the immense impact they have on victims and their families. With this in mind, our team offers compassionate legal counsel tailored to each client’s unique needs. We are available to take your call 24/7 and can answer any questions you may have.
For more than 30 years, our firm has been successfully fighting for the rights of injured individuals and the surviving family members of those wrongfully killed in devastating accidents. We understand the many complexities involved in construction accident cases, including those involving crane accidents, scaffolding accidents, defective tools, and more.
We encourage you to reach out to our team right away to discuss your potential case. In New York, you only have three years from the date of injury to file a personal injury claim and two years from the date of death to bring a wrongful death case.
Do not wait until it’s too late! Contact us today at 718-441-5050 for a free consultation. There are no fees unless we recover compensation for you.