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If you spend more than 5 minutes travelling through New York City, you’ll almost certainly see a crane towering above a construction project. While the majority of these cranes are operated safely – when crane accidents happen, they are extremely serious and almost always result in injuries.
Sadly, almost all of us can remember a fatal crane accident here in the city. The East 50th Street crane collapse resulted in 7 deaths, and another 4 people tragically lost their lives when a crane collapsed at a Tribeca construction site.
At Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP, we have recovered more than $650 Million for our clients – including construction workers and members of the public who have sustained crane accident injuries. If you’ve been hurt in a crane accident, we’ll fight for you.
What kinds of crane accident cases can we support you with?
Whether you’re a crane operator, a worker on a construction site, or a member of the public, we can fight for the justice and financial compensation you deserve if you’ve been injured in an accident involving a crane.
Some of the typical accidents we see involve people injured when:
a crane boom collapses
a crane is moved in a way that endangers people on construction sites near it
a crane drops a load it is moving
cranes or loads they’re hoisting strike cars or members of the public
crane operators fall from the cab or part of the structure
cranes that are being moved are involved in an accident
someone is hurt by the moving mechanism of the crane
people get an electric shock when a crane makes contact with power lines or electical infrastucture
Of course, this is just an example of the kinds of New York city crane accident cases we have worked with. If you’ve been injured and a crane is involved, we’ll dig deep into your case to understand who is to blame, and hold them accountable for your pain and suffering.
What kinds of injuries do crane accident victims typically suffer?
Our New York construction accident lawyers represent people injured in crane accidents who have suffered a huge range of injuries. Those injuries often include:
injuries incurred when people fall from a height
head trauma and traumatic brain injury
burns resulting from electric shocks
Sadly, we also help families of loved ones whose injuries were not survivable. While we understand that we’ll never be able to replace the hole a missing family member has left in your life, we’ll fight a wrongful death case with grit and determination – to make sure you don’t suffer financially.
What kinds of damages can we recover compensation for?
Our New York crane accident lawyers will help you understand and document different kinds of damages you may have faced as a result of a crane accident.
“Damages” is a legal term used to describe any financial or well-being consequences that you’ve experienced following an accident on a construction site. These damages will usually be categorised in two different ways – economic damages and non-economic damages.
Fighting for economic damages
When we talk about recovering compensation for economic damages, we’re referring to the costs incurred as a result of a crane accident. These kinds of costs usually involve:
On-going treatment and rehabilitation costs
Costs of damaged property
Funeral and burial expense (in cases of wrongful death)
These kinds of costs can usually be proved with pay stubs, receipts, employer communications, and other paperwork showing financial costs.
Recoving compensation for non-economic damages
Non-economic damages are those which cannot be proved with financial paperwork. Typically, these will be things that have impacted your psychological well-being. These kinds of damages might include:
The injury itself
Pain and suffering
The loss of enjoyment of life
The loss of companionship
On-going physical impairment
These will all be things that our team of NYC crane accident lawyers will talk to you about – and could be evidenced with expert witness testimony, doctor’s records, journals, and other personal accounts of your experience.
What will our personal injury lawyers do for you?
In theory, our job is simple. We’ll look at who should have been making sure you were safe, how those people failed to do so, and how those failures resulted in your injury.
Although our role can be summed up quickly – the process is lengthy and involves a huge amount of investigation work. For example, we’ll look at which part of the law applies to your case – then investigate how the crane owner, crane manufacturer, or people who should have been overseeing crane operation failed to follow the law. If you’ve been injured, someone is at fault – so we’ll work out who that is and what failures have occured.
We’ll also deal with any insurance company involved in the process. It’s in the best interest of insurance companies to wrap proceedings up quickly, however, that’s rarely in your best interest. Insurance companies are businesses – and they’ll try to minimise your claim and pay you less than you deserve in workers’ compensation claim benefits. Sometimes, they’ll try to void your claim altogether. We’ll do everything we can to make sure you decide what justice looks like – not them.
Ultimately, we’re here to provide legal representation in these kinds of complex fields. By shouldering this responsibility for you, we aim to keep you free to focus on your recovery.
What does a free consultation with a New York Crane accident attorney involve?
Many people involved in serious crane accidents worry about sitting down with attorneys. Some law firms can make the process seem intimidating – but we do things differently here at Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP.
As such, your consultation with our team will be relaxed. We’ll talk to you about what’s happened and, crucially, we’ll listen for as long as you need to talk and explain your situation.
When we do talk, you won’t be faced with legal jargon. We’ll explain everything as we go – and we’ll promise to never make decisions on your behalf. Remember, we’re working for you – and we’re always at the end of the phone if you need us. We’ll keep you posted with everything you need to know – and we’ll always try our best to make sure you talk with the senior attorney handling your case.
Talk to an experienced New York Crane accident lawyer today
If you’ve been injured in crane accident, get in touch. Don’t worry – you don’t have to understand exactly which part of the law has been broken or what should have happened in your accident – that’s our job.
The skilled attorneys at our firm can help with workers’ compensation cases, liability cases and identifying other liable parties. We’ll carry out a free case evaluation to help you understand what kind of financial compensation you could be entitled to.
The firm represents clients throughout Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut, obtaining countless successful verdicts into the millions for clients throughout the tri-state area. Call Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP at212-571-7171.
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