Suffolk County Crane Accident

Victims of a construction accident or heavy equipment accident know how severe these types of injuries can be. While there are plenty of safety laws and regulations in place to protect construction workers, these accidents happen frequently with devastating results. Accidents that take place at a construction site by their very nature are often severe, and at times deadly. A head injury or traumatic brain injury, or a severe back injury including a fracture spine, paraplegia or quadriplegia can result leaving the victim to contend with surgery, medical costs and the inability to return to work. 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 Suffolk County Crane Injury Lawyer who will review your case and work hard to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

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 overturning, dropped loads, mechanical failure, rigging failures, improper operation and boom collapse.

Pursuant to OSHA regulations, employees have specific rules and guidelines that must be followed 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 associated with crane accidents

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.

Example

John Mescall, an ironworker, was injured when a crane that was lifting a steel screen failed. The screen fell 20 feet and hit Mescall. Mescall sued for damages. The jury found in favor of Mescall and awarded him a substantial amount of compensation including: $124,000 in past medical expenses, $90,000 in lost earnings, $25,000 for past pain and suffering, and $200,000 for future medical expenses. Mescall v. Structure-Tone, Inc., 49 A.D.3d 339 (N.Y. App. Div., 2008)

Suffolk County Crane Injury 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 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 serve those injured in accidents in the following locations:

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