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Crane Accidents

A Crane Accident Lawyer in New York Who Fights for Victims

For over 80 years, we've been helping construction site accident victims recover from their workplace injuries. Crane accidents are in the news more and more each year, with every type involved-mobile cranes, such as truck cranes and rail mounted cranes, and overhead cranes. Overhead cranes usually have a hook-and-line mechanism situated on a horizontal beam, which runs along two rails, and it is due to these many moving parts that overhead crane accident fatalities are the most common.

Injuries sustained in crane accidents, from spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury to broken bones and shoulder and neck injury, are covered by workers compensation benefits. However, without an experienced lawyer at your side, it can be tough to get the full compensation you are entitled to receive by law.

Injured in a Crane Accident? Let Us Pursue Compensation On Your Behalf

If you were injured while operating a malfunctioning crane, it will be your word against the workers compensation insurance companies, and that's where we come in. If you are represented by our New York law firm, we will investigate what happened and find the cause.

Because mobile cranes are mounted and travel on top of mobile trucks or rail cars, a reckless driver of the vehicle can cause a devastating crane accident. Crane accidents typically involve other construction site workers near the crane. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers most likely to be killed in crane accidents were construction laborers, electricians, welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers, whereas crane and tower operators accounted for the fewest fatalities. Crane-related fatalities happen due to everything from electrocution accidents and being struck by a falling object that dropped off the crane, to being knocked off a building by a crane or being caught in between the crane and another object and crushed to death.

Crane accidents often happen as the result of:

  • Erection, dismantling or climbing mistakes
  • Operator error
  • Severe weather
  • Failure to follow manufacturer’s instructions
  • Foundation and structural failures

Depending on the situation, you may be eligible for both workers’ compensation and a third-party injury claim. You can’t file a lawsuit against your direct employer, but you can pursue additional compensation from a third party that was involved in the accident. Our attorneys will investigate your situation and advise you of all your legal options.

We also represent people passing by construction sites who were hurt in a crane accident.

Crane accidents can cause long-term damage

New York’s workers’ comp program is there to help injured employees cover household and medical bills while they are out of work and healing. However, after a serious crane accident, returning to your regular job may not be possible.

If you become permanently disabled due to a workplace accident, you may be eligible for partial or total disability benefits. You may also qualify for schedule loss of use (SLU) benefits for injuries to certain parts of the body. A lawyer can help you understand what this means for your situation.

Experienced NYC injury lawyers on your side

At Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP we've seen the dangers of crane accidents firsthand, and we go to bat for clients injured because of a crane.

Our lawyers represent injured clients on contingency. This means that there is no hourly rate or upfront retainer for you to pay. We only get paid if we win.

Call us toll-free at (800) 692-3717 or contact us online for a free evaluation. We represent workers injured in New York, including Westchester County, Manhattan, Queens County, Long Island and Staten Island.