New York Crane Accident Lawyer

Cranes are a common feature on construction sites throughout New York City. All too often, these imposing machines are also the cause of serious and even fatal injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a crane accident in New York, the construction accident attorneys at Douglas & London are here to help you explore all legal options and potential sources of compensation. If the negligence of a construction contractor, crane manufacturer or other party contributed to your accident, you may be entitled to a substantial financial award.

With law offices in Manhattan, our New York crane accident lawyers handle personal injury litigation for clients throughout all five boroughs of New York City and across the NYC metro area.

A Unique Danger on NYC Construction Sites

While many types of construction equipment present hazards, cranes are unique in their potential for widespread damage. Construction professionals working below the crane or anywhere along the boom’s trajectory—including the crane operator—are in danger in the event something goes wrong.

The population density and volume of construction projects in NYC mean that people living and working near cranes are also placed at risk, especially when enormous tower cranes are employed in dense commercial and residential areas.

Some of the most common causes of crane accidents include:

  • Cranes coming into contact with power lines
  • Cranes tipping over due to unbalanced loads, operator error, high winds, and other factors
  • Dropped loads
  • Collapsing crane booms
  • Faulty crane assembly
  • Manufacturing defects

Determining the cause of the accident will play a crucial role in potential litigation arising from an injury or death. Whether you were injured while working in construction, or were simply in the area when an accident occurred, a crane accident attorney at our firm can help you explore your legal options.

Legal Help for Injured Construction Workers

If you work in construction and were injured in a crane accident, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits that cover your medical expenses and a percentage of your wage loss. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may also be entitled to personal injury compensation.

A personal injury lawsuit allows you to pursue compensation from a negligent party that was fully or in-part responsible for your accident, provided that party is not your employer (employers are generally shielded from lawsuits by their employees under New York’s no-fault workers’ compensation system). Negligent third parties may include crane manufacturers, assemblers and contractors responsible for a crane’s operation, among others.

Filing a personal injury claim after an NYC crane accident can significantly increase your total compensation after suffering a serious injury. Personal injury law allows victims to pursue money damages for pain and suffering, emotional anguish, scarring and disfigurement, and other hardships not covered under New York’s workers’ compensation system.

Skilled Representation for Anyone Injured in a Crane Accident

You don’t have to work in construction to suffer a crane accident injury—or to pursue compensation from a person or business that caused the accident. The New York crane accident lawyers at our firm stand up for anyone injured in a crane accident, including residents, pedestrians, motorists and others  caught in the destruction zone.

Uncovering Negligence After an NYC Crane Accident

Our crane accident attorneys in New York will scour all potential sources of evidence to determine what went wrong and who is responsible for the accident that caused your injury. Some of the questions we consider when handling a crane accident lawsuit include:

  • Were the crane operators, riggers, signalers and other personnel properly trained and qualified?
  • Was the crane operating in a safe location and at a safe distance from potential hazards?
  • Was the crane operating in accordance with manufacturer specifications?
  • Was the crane properly assembled?
  • Were there any manufacturing defects?

Our thorough, painstaking approach to personal injury litigation is one reason we have secured more than $10 million on behalf of workers injured on construction sites. The insurance company you are up against will aggressively defend against your claim and use any tactic in their arsenal to limit or deny your compensation.

With an experienced and proven legal team on your side, you can level the playing field and give yourself the best possible chance of achieving a favorable outcome.

Handling Crane Accident Cases Anywhere in NYC and Surrounding Areas

Crane accident lawsuits are complex legal matters that must be handled with care and attention to detail. An experienced New York crane accident lawyer at Douglas & London can handle all aspects of your legal claim and help you fight for the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable member of our legal team.

With law offices in Manhattan, we handle crane accident lawsuits in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and throughout the NYC metro area.