Long Island Crane Accident
Construction work is a dangerous profession. However, working with heavy equipment such as cranes substantially increases that risk. Even though there are federal and state laws that govern safety practices for construction workers, accidents still happen. A crane injury can be very serious, resulting large medical bills as well as pain and suffering for the victim. By its very nature, crane work is dangerous. With a crane accident or any type of construction accident, the injuries are usually severe and can include a severe a back or spinal injury, a compound or open fracture, or a head Injury. As a result the victim will not only face a difficult recovery period, but will also face financial distress due to missed work and significant medical bills. If you or a loved one was injured in a construction accident that involved a crane, it is important that you immediately speak with an experienced Long Island construction accident attorney who will review your case and work hard to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.Crane safety
Even though there are both New York State and federal laws as well as industry regulations that make it mandatory for construction companies to implement safety standards, each year people are hurt in crane accidents, scaffold accidents and in other types of construction site accidents. OSHA created strict rules that construction companies must follow in order to minimize the possibility of accidents and serious injuries.
One of the most common types of crane accidents involve power lines. In fact nearly 40% of all crane accidents occur when a crane hits power lines, electrocuting victims. Other causes of crane accidents include:
- Cranes overturning
- Boom collapse
- Rigging failures
- Loads dropping
- Operator error
John Smith was operating a crane to lift steel means to the 5th floor of an office building being built on Long Island. As Smith attempted to lift the steel beams and move them to the building, the crane arm buckled. The entire load of steel beams fell to the ground. While the load itself did not hit any workers, the crashing load caused debris to fly through the air, hitting Dan Jones in face, causing him a serious eye injury. Dan suffered a permanent blindness in his right eye.Injuries associated with crane accidents
Crane accident victims typically suffer severe injuries such as broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, back and spinal cord injuries and internal bleeding. Treatment for serious injuries can be expensive and prolonged. In some cases the injury is so serious that victim is not able to return to work.Pursuing a claim
If you were injured in a construction site accident, you may be entitled to compensation either through workers’ compensation or through a personal injury claim. The manner in which you will receive compensation is determined by who was responsible for the accident. According to New York workers’ compensation law the vast majority of employers must carry workers' compensation insurance. If there is an accident in the workplace and the employer is at fault or if a co-worker is at fault, the victim would be entitled to benefits from workers’ compensation insurance. Benefits include medical benefits and wage replacement.
If a sub-contractor, property owner, equipment manufacturer or third party was at fault, you may have the right to file a personal injury claim and demand damages which are typically more than what would be available from workers compensation. Through a personal injury lawsuit you may be able to recover past and future medical expenses, lost income and benefits, loss of future 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.Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
If you or a loved one was injured in a crane accident, it is important that you are represented by someone with experienced. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates 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 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.