Cranes are immensely useful features of any construction site, yet they are potentially hazardous. If a construction crane was not properly secured, or if the workplace was unsafe due to reckless operation of a crane, anyone injured by it is legally entitled to compensation for their damages. Using a crane, or working on a site that utilizes cranes, involves a huge risk to everyone on the job-site.
If you’ve been injured, the highly experienced team of crane injury attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC can help you win financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, your pain and suffering, and possibly other damages.
In New York State, there are strict regulations in place designed to keep you safe. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has many crane-specific guidelines in place that must be adhered to. If these guidelines have been neglected or willfully ignored, and you have been injured as a result, then the people responsible should be held accountable.
Cranes should never:
- Lift or move loads higher than capacity
- Be operated by inexperienced or incompetent workers
- Skip their thorough pre-job inspections
- Transport their loads above workers / pedestrians
- Be transported hastily or with insufficient care
- Be used near electric wires
- Be operated on uneven surfaces.
Our crane accident lawyers understand these necessary policies and the regulations governing safe operation of cranes on a construction site. We have helped protect the rights of countless victims who have been injured as a result of the violation of this duty, and we’re here to help you.
We Handle in All Crane-Related Injuries
Job sites become exponentially more dangerous when cranes are involved. Often the injuries caused in crane accidents are catastrophic. We’ve dealt with virtually all types of crane-related accidents, so you’ll be represented by a team which has handled:
- Accidents caused by faulty crane foundations
- Accidents caused by poor weather
- Crane jumping accidents
- Injuries from debris knocked loose by cranes
- Collapsed boom injuries
- Miscommunications between operator and signal-caller
- Cranes that have contacted live wires
- Other human errors
- Crane malfunctions
- Toppled cranes
- Cranes dropping their load.
New York Workers’ Compensation for a Crane-related Injury
Workers’ compensation covers injuries or illnesses which an employee suffers directly related to their employment. If an employee suffers a serious injury on the job, their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance will potentially cover:
- Medical expenses
- A percentage of their lost wages for a period of time
- Certain disability benefits
- Compensation for retraining if they are unable to return to their previous job
- Death benefits.
The percentage of lost wages is paid until the employee has recovered. If the employee doesn’t fully heal, and is forced to stop working or alter the role of their job, they may still receive payment for the loss of their work capacity.
What Must I do to Claim New York Workers’ Compensation?
It begins when you tell your supervisor or manager that you have been injured, though you have 30 days from the date of the accident to do so. You should also ask to see a doctor as soon as it’s feasible. You are then provided with a workers’ comp claim form which must be submitted as soon as possible, even though it must be done no later than two years of the accident date.
You should be covered by your employer’s state-approved workers’ comp insurer unless your employer is self-insured. If neither is the case, contact the workers’ comp accident attorneys with Kaplan Lawyers PC immediately.
New York has specific parameters for workers’ compensation payments after a workplace injury. But your employer’s insurance companies may dispute your claim. If this happens, payment of your benefits can be delayed until resolution of the dispute. It is suggested you talk to an experienced workers’ comp attorney who can advise you of your options and rights.
Contact Our New York City Crane Accident Lawyers When You Need Help with your Claim
Since workers’ comp pays only certain – limited – benefits, and someone who is not an employee or otherwise associated with your employer may bear some of the responsibility for the accident, you may be able to submit a “third party claim” to their insurance company. It won’t affect the amount of your workers’ comp claim and can likely fill in the gaps between your workers’ compensation award and the full monetary value of your injuries, lost wages and other damages. Kaplan Lawyers PC has experience in securing additional compensation through third-party lawsuits outside of workers’ comp.
If you have been injured by the unsafe operation of a crane, an experienced team with Kaplan Lawyers PC can make sure that you receive all the benefits you deserve. Contact us at (516) 399-2364, or fill out our online contact form to arrange a free consultation. If we don’t win your case, all legal fees are waived. We’re here to help you and your family in your time of need.