Heavy Equipment Accidents
Every day in New York, workers as well as innocent bystanders are injured in construction accidents involving heavy equipment failures or collapses. Injuries sustained on a construction site are frequently catastrophic, leaving victims unable to work — sometimes with permanent disabilities. On top of this, construction workers often face the added burden of safeguarding their legal rights.
The New York construction accident attorneys at The Sanders Firm are dedicated to helping those who have been hurt as a result of negligence or equipment manufacturing defects.
If you or a family member was injured in a crane collapse, forklift accident, or other heavy equipment accident in New York you may be entitled to significant compensation. Examples of negligence in these types of instances include safety violations, hazardous work conditions, and other foreseeable dangerous conditions at a construction site.
Though construction sites are common places for heavy equipment accidents, our city’s factories see their share of horrific mishaps when machines malfunction or proper safety measures were not instituted. Those who are burdened by missed pay, mounting medical expenses and emotional trauma need a legal advocate they can count on.
Hazards posed by heavy equipment
Serious injury or wrongful death sustained under any of the following conditions may qualify you for relief via third-party compensation. A successful personal injury lawsuit can recover damages for related pain and suffering, lost wages, hospital bills, diminished earning capacity and other non-economic losses.
Common heavy equipment accidents in NY include the following:
- Falling objects
- Chemical spills
- Unsafe equipment
- Safety violations
- Plant explosion
- Machinery malfunctions
- Crane accidents
- Tractor accidents
- Reckless use of heavy machinery
- Construction accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Toxic exposure
Injured workers are entitled to receive compensation for harm sustained on the job, regardless of whether they are union or non-union employees. However, victims are not able to sue their direct employers for injuries sustained as a result of a heavy machinery accident or other construction accident, and therefore it is advisable that anyone who has been harmed seek legal counsel from a skilled New York personal injury lawyer.
Industrial accidents prove deadly for NY workers
Recent headlines speak of the dangers faced by NY laborers who operate or work alongside heavy equipment. On August 19 2014, The Watertown Daily Times reported on the death of 28-year-old Christopher Getman. The father of four was killed when he was trapped under heavy equipment being moved by P&M Construction workers at New York Air Brake. The Felt Mills resident was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency medical personnel were called to the plant.
At present, no charges have been filed, and an investigation is being conducted by the the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to determine if safety violations took place.
Recent data suggests that heavy equipment accidents are among the most common workplace injuries, killing more than 4,500 U.S. workers in 2010 alone.Victims must take necessary precautions to protect their legal rights by enlisting the help of a construction accident lawyer who can establish liability in a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
Liability for damages in heavy equipment accidents
Some third parties that may be held liable for heavy machinery accident injuries or wrongful deaths in New York may include general contractors, property owners, architects, suppliers, manufacturers and insurers.
Each year, millions of dollars in construction accident settlements and verdicts are awarded to people who have been injured as a result of negligence. In some circumstances, product liability issues may also be factored in, if heavy equipment was inherently flawed or suffered manufacture defects. If the piece of machinery was found to have a faulty design or missing components, victims may have a viable claim for damages in civil court.
While NY workers compensation benefits can ease the hardships of a heavy equipment injury, this compensation often falls short for day-to-day expenses, pushing victims dangerously close to financial ruin. Known for our exceptional litigation and settlement skills, The Sanders Firm attorneys will fight for maximum compensation, helping your family on the path to physical and economic recovery.
New York construction accident lawyers
At The Sanders Firm, our attorneys will work tirelessly to pursue a settlement or jury verdict that is fair and just, and that helps to adequately offset the costs of the harm you have suffered. Work with our team of trained experts to help you navigate this often highly complex area of litigation. We are experts in New York labor law, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations and product liability laws.
We believe that negligent parties are liable for the damage they cause innocent victims, which is why we are prepared to take your case all the way through to trial, if needed.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a heavy machinery accident in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island or Long Island, please contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. Call toll-free: 1-800-FAIR-PLAY (800.324.7752).
- The Leader Herald, Man killed in accident at northern New York plant http://www.leaderherald.com/page/content.detail/id/568768/Man-killed-in-accident-at-northern-New-York-plant.html?isap=1&nav=5040
- TWC News, Watertown Police Identify Victim of a Deadly Industrial Accident http://binghamton.twcnews.com/content/news/762008/watertown-police-identify-victim-of-a-deadly-industrial-accident/