Long Island Crane Accident Lawyers

Attorneys represent clients in Nassau County, Brooklyn, Queens and other locations

The New York City area is dominated by tall buildings. Creating and maintaining these high-rise structures would be impossible without the use of cranes that are capable of reaching upper floors. Heavy equipment can be tough to handle though, and serious crane accidents have become fairly commonplace. At Licatesi Law Group, LLP, with offices in Uniondale and Brooklyn, our proven attorneys seek appropriate damages for the victims of crane accidents across Long Island and the five boroughs of New York City.

 Types of crane accidents

Construction projects throughout the New York City area rely on cranes to move materials and get work done at high vantage points. These machines typically have a boom that can rise more than 10 stories above the ground, so if something goes wrong, the scope of damage could be devastating. Unfortunately crane-related injuries do occur for a number of reasons, such as:

  • Contact with power lines — By far, more crane accidents are attributed to contact with power lines than any other cause. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires 20 feet of separation between cranes and live wires, but this rule is frequently ignored, resulting in electrocutions and other types of injuries.
  • Buckles and collapses — To work properly, a crane must be resting on solid ground and carrying an appropriate amount of weight. Even a slight variation could prompt the machine to buckle or collapse.
  • Mechanical and maintenance failures — A defective part or lack of necessary maintenance might cause the rigging to fail, the boom to hit a structure or the payload to drop from the hook.

Whether the crane accident injury in your case occurred on a construction site, in an industrial setting or somewhere else, our seasoned personal injury litigators will thoroughly examine the relevant evidence and consult with experts to present a compelling case on your behalf. 

Injuries in crane accident cases

No matter how you were hurt in a crane accident, it is critical to get the medical care and legal assistance you need as soon as possible. The force caused by a crane accident often leaves victims with catastrophic injuries and our firm strives to maximize compensation for people suffering from all types of medical conditions, including:

  • Electrocutions and burns
  • Spinal cord injuries, which could lead to paralysis or chronic back problems
  • Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries
  • Fractured and broken bones
  • Damage to internal organs

Boom collapses, slip and fall incidents and other accidents involving cranes might be fatal. In those tragic situations, our firm advocates for appropriate relief in wrongful death litigation. 

Liability and compensation for individuals hurt in crane accidents

Pinpointing the liable parties in a crane injury claim can be a challenge. Potential defendants, such as construction companies and equipment manufacturers, might point fingers at each other. You have three years to file a personal injury claim, but accident scenes change quickly and witnesses can seem to disappear. We can get to work right away to gather the necessary evidence and retain experts who can detail what led to the accident. From there we will attempt to negotiate a settlement that fully compensates you for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement and the loss of enjoyment in your life. If an acceptable compromise cannot be reached, our accomplished litigators will fight for you in court.  

Contact an experienced New York crane accident lawyer for a free consultation

Licatesi Law Group, LLP, with offices in Uniondale, Long Island and Brooklyn, represents New Yorkers who have been hurt in crane accidents. Our firm serves clients throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as the five boroughs. To make an appointment for a free consultation, please call our firm at 516-227-2662 or contact us online.