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New York City Crane Accident Attorneys

More than eight decades of proven trial experience and over $800 million in recovered compensation on your side

Construction work is a hazardous business and crane operators in particular face the risk of catastrophic injury. The crane accident attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman P.C. have more than 80 years combined experience in representing injured workers. Our construction accident lawyers have obtained many multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients and we work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve for your crane accident injuries. We are recognized as aggressive litigators and leaders in the field. When it comes to verdicts and settlements, our often rank in the top in terms of dollars won. For example, when our client was awarded a $ 20 million dollar verdict after being struck by a bus, which was recognized as the 5th largest verdict to date by the New York Law Journal Verdicts & Settlements Hall of Fame. We are proud that our firm has been recognized by top legal publications & national news organizations for outstanding achievement in personal injury, including New York Magazine, New York Law Journal and Super Lawyers.

Construction site safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a division of the United States Department of Labor, is the government body that regulates construction site safety. OSHA has established safety standards for construction work, with extensive rules regarding the proper maintenance and practice for crane operation. In addition to OSHA regulations, New York State Labor Laws were designed to protect construction workers from suffering injury or fatality. Depending upon the type of construction accident, New York State Labor Laws provide that an injured worker can pursue a claim against an owner or general contractor.

Labor laws in the state of New York provide the following protections for injured workers:

  • Contractors and owners are required to take measures to provide safe workplaces and to protect workers, under Section 200
  • The “scaffold law”, Section 240, protects workers if they are struck by a falling object and sustained injury or if they have been injured in a high fall
  • Under Section 241, certain safety precautions must be carried out and specific safety equipment must be provided at a work site to ensure the safety of workers
  • Crane accident injuries can be serious
  • Cranes are commonly used in the construction industry, to lift and move materials. Crane accidents are most frequently caused by:
  • Crane collapse
  • Failure to secure the crane
  • Instability of crane
  • Overloading of crane
  • Overturned crane
  • Materials dropping from the crane
  • Contact of a crane or boom with charged power lines
  • Failed rigging
  • Workers’ compensation for crane accidents are limited

    Worker’s compensation benefits may provide some coverage for workers who are injured in construction crane accidents, regardless of who is at fault for the accident. However, workers’ compensation benefits are limited, typically paying for medical expenses, lost wages, and partial or permanent disability. When filing a workers’ compensation claim, the injured worker relinquishes their right to pursue other damages such as pain and suffering.

    Personal injury law protects those injured in crane accidents

    At Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, P.C., our team of New York personal injury lawyers are dedicated to representing the rights of accident victims throughout New York City and surrounding boroughs, including Manhattan, Staten Island, The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island and surrounding areas

    We believe that when a person is injured in an accident, it helps the victim when they choose a law firm that concentrates its practice solely on personal injury law.

    Negligence – failure to adhere to certain safety measures, behaving irresponsibly or recklessly – is at the heart of all personal injury claims. When the laws that are in place to protect workers and keep construction sites safe are violated, that constitutes negligence. If other vendors or subcontractors -- who may be operating machinery, driving vehicles, or performing other work on-site -- do not follow established safety standards, their behavior may constitute negligence. In some crane accidents, the crane malfunctioned or was defective, which may constitute negligence on the part of the crane manufacturer. Personal injury law is designed to protect those who have been injured due to another person or entity’s negligence, providing compensatory damages for their injuries. This may include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a crane accident because of another person or entity’s negligence, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.

    New York statute of limitations for personal injury claims

    Every state has established guidelines regarding the legal timeframe allowed to file a civil claim in the state’s courts, which vary depending upon the type of claim. These timeframes are called statutes of limitations. In the state of New York, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is three years from the date of the accident. If you have been injured in a crane accident or another type of construction accident, it is critical that you heed this deadline. Failure to file your claim in the New York court system before this three-year deadline expires will result in your case being dismissed. Furthermore, you will forgo the opportunity to recover any damages for the injuries you suffered in your construction accident. If you have been injured in a crane accident, it is best to discuss your case with an experienced construction accident attorney as soon as possible.

    Our firm secures multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for construction accidents

    The construction accident attorneys at the Lipsig Law firm are dedicated to fighting for the rights of our clients and obtaining the maximum compensation allowed under New York law. Our skilled team has a reputation for excellence and demonstrated track record of success. Lipsig Law Firm has recovered several multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients who have sustained injury in construction accidents.

    Suffer injury in a crane accident? Our NYC construction accident lawyers secure the compensation you need to get your life back on track

    When you have suffered injury in a crane accident, your injuries may be serious. In addition to your recovery, you may also face mounting medical bills and the financial strain of lost wages. Let us help. The crane accident attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman P.C. have been protecting the rights of injured workers for more than 80 combined years. Our skilled litigators fight relentlessly on your behalf, and don’t stop until we recover the compensation you deserve. Contact our office today to schedule a confidential consultation; our attorneys work on a contingency basis so you do not pay anything until we win your case. We can be reached at 718-395-4669 or 212-285-3300 or contact us online. We have two office locations to serve you - 40 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038 (Main) and our Brooklyn Office at 823 56th St. 6th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11220.