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Crane Accidents

cranes on construction siteThe Sanders Firm understands the catastrophic trauma associated with crane accidents in the greater metro area. Regardless if the accident can be attributed to a defective part, faulty assembling, or a negligent operator, it is crucial that victims contact a New York personal injury lawyer that they can trust. Our attorneys are available to assist you in the intricate process of filing a lawsuit, and will do everything in our power to make sure you receive adequate compensation for injuries that were no fault of your own.

Construction workers who operate cranes, or work alongside crane operators, put themselves at risk every day on the job. Crane accidents may have a long-lasting impact on those involved, as is exemplified by a 2008 crane accident in New York that killed seven people. In 2012, another crane accident on a construction site resulted in one death.

The Sanders Firm is committed to helping construction accident victims by conducting thorough investigations into the circumstances that caused their injuries, to determine if improper maintenance or the negligence of another party were at fault.

Our construction accident attorneys are dedicated to uncovering hazardous work conditions, and we’ll do everything in our power to help you receive the compensation that’s rightfully yours.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or wrongful death following a crane accident, you may be eligible for significant compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, additional medical benefits and loss of services for the spouse.

Common causes of crane accidents in New York

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established to help ensure safe working conditions for all American employees, including crane operators and construction workers.

According to OSHA, the following are some of the primary causes of crane accidents:

  • Crane contact with live power lines
  • Boom collapse
  • Dropped loads
  • Falls
  • Rigging failures
  • Lifting device failures
  • Tip overs

Contractors and/or supervisors are charged with ensuring that construction workers and those who operate cranes are properly trained in the use of heavy equipment and that all work adheres to strict safety standards. In addition, routine crane maintenance and proper storage is required. If these duties are in any way neglected and a crane accident results,  victims may have a valid claim for damages for their hospital expenses, loss of income and other losses.

Those who suffer crane accident injuries may be eligible to receive worker’s compensation benefits, but these are almost never enough to fully compensate for the harm sustained.  In New York, third parties may be held liable for medical bills, lost wages, lost or diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, permanent disability, and more.

Liability in a New York crane accident

In New York, individuals are not allowed to sue their direct employers for work-related accidents, and therefore crane accident victims must seek compensation from third-party sources.

Such third parties may include property owners, sub-contractors, architects, general contractors, and equipment manufacturers. In order to successfully win damages, however, it’s important to have an experienced New York construction accident attorney to represent you.

At The Sanders Firm, our legal team will carefully examine the facts and circumstance surrounding the crane incident to determine liability.

Some of the factors that we take into account are:

  • Damaged, defective or poorly designed cranes or job-site equipment
  • Lapses in supervision or coordination on the construction site where the accident occurred
  • Inadequate training of workers in charge of crane operation

Leading New York crane accident lawyers

With over four decades of combined experience handling worker’s compensation claims and seeking relief from a variety of sources for those injured in crane accidents, our attorneys are qualified to assess your case and efficiently determine whether you qualify for additional compensation from third parties.

Our experts have significant experience with New York labor law and OSHA regulations. We work with NY engineers and other industry experts who can determine if  your construction accident injuries could have been avoided had reasonable safety been exercised at the work site.

Each year, millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts are awarded to victims of crane accidents and other related construction site injuries. In 2012, construction worker Michael Simermeyer suffered fatal injuries when he was crushed by a huge tractor crane that collapsed on an MTA project. His parents have settled their wrongful death lawsuit for $1 million with the insurance company of Yonkers Contracting.

Injuries resulting from crane accidents

The Sanders Firm is one of the largest and most respected personal injury firms in New York. Our attorneys offer aggressive legal representation for victims and family members of those who have been injured or killed in construction accidents.

Common injuries that are often caused in NYC crane accidents include:

  • Electrocution
  • Crushing injuries and broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of limbs or digits
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Concussion
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Death

To protect your family’s financial well-being following any type of crane accident injury, it’s best to speak with an experienced attorney at The Sanders Firm, where we always fight for maximum compensation.

File a construction accident lawsuit in New York

If you have experienced the horror of a crane accident, or are coping with the resulting injury or death of a loved one in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island or Long Island, please do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at The Sanders Firm.

We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to determine whether you may be entitled to additional compensation for your injuries. To schedule your case evaluation, contact us toll-free at 1.800 FAIR PLAY (800.324.7752). Don’t delay, as New York imposes deadlines on when victims can file a personal injury lawsuit.


  1. NY Daily News, Parents of construction worker killed in crane accident given $1 million settlement http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/exclusive-parents-construction-worker-killed-crane-accident-1-million-settlement-article-1.1431344

  2. NY Daily News, Construction workers’ families reach settlements in fatal 2008 crane accident in Manhattan http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/construction-workers-families-reach-settlements-fatal-2008-crane-accident-manhattan-article-1.1009191

  3. AllCrane. Com, Top Five Ways to Reduce Crane-Related Accidents https://www.allcrane.com/ReduceCraneRelatedAccidents

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