Hackensack Crane Accident Lawyers
Skilled Personal Injury Lawyers Represent Clients Injured in Bergen County Crane Accidents
Cranes that are improperly maintained or operated create the risk of causing serious injuries both to construction workers and bystanders. Both federal OSHA laws and New Jersey state regulations provide detailed guidance on crane safety. Despite the known risks of injury and even death, construction site managers sometimes cut corners to make a profit.
At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our proven injury lawyers fight to win full and fair compensation for crane accident victims. With more than 120 years’ combined experience, our lawyers have the legal skills and resources to get you a compensation award that accounts for all aspects of your injury—from medical bills to pain and suffering and loss of your loved one’s company.
Involved In A Crane Accident And Have Questions? We Can Help, Tell Us What Happened.
Our lawyers know that recovering from a serious injury is difficult. You may be faced with uncertainties about your financial future or ability to return to work. Even filing your basic workers’ compensation claim can be complex in New Jersey. We are here to advocate for your right to fair compensation so that you can focus on your recovery.
Many injured workers are unaware that they might have the right to file a lawsuit for compensation above and beyond what workers’ compensation provides. Our accident lawyers review your case for free. To schedule a free case review and learn more about your legal rights after a New Jersey crane accident, call us today or fill out this online contact form and we will respond promptly.
Types of Crane Accidents
Cranes are large, unwieldy, heavy machines that play a vital role in many construction projects.
However, the size, weight and general shape of the crane makes crane accidents especially dangerous. Some of the different types of crane accidents include:
- Boom collapses
- Accidents where the crane or boom comes into contact with power lines, causing electrocution or electric shock accidents
- The crane loses control of a heavy load
- Crane tip-overs
- Mechanical failures in the crane
Cranes can either be secured to the ground using concrete and anchors, or mounted to a vehicle so that they can be transported more easily between construction sites. Regardless of the type of crane, operators and bystanders must be made aware of the risk of crane accidents. Some of the most common causes of crane accidents include:
- Miscommunication between operators and other workers, including using signals that are not understood by all parties
- Improper installation of the crane, including failure to account for ground that is softer and requires additional precautions
- Improper use of the crane, including improper placement of the hook used to move the load or use of the wrong type of hook
At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our lawyers are known for providing expert legal services in Hackensack and across New Jersey. If you or a loved one are recovering from crane accident injuries, call us today to see how we can help protect your legal right to fair compensation.
Getting Fair Compensation for Your Crane Accident Injuries
While it is true that most injured workers are unable to sue their employers after a work accident, that does not mean you have no right to compensation. Workers’ compensation provides important benefits to cover your medical expenses and a part of your lost wages. In some cases, however, someone other than your employer may be financially responsible.
If a contractor who was not your employer or even the construction site owner was responsible for the crane accident, you may have the right to file a third-party claim. A third-party claim is a personal injury lawsuit to get compensation from a non-employer whose negligence caused your injury.
Third-party claims can help you get compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Your full lost wages
- Inability to work in the future
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of your company’s loved one
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Damages for wrongful death
At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., we work tirelessly to find out what caused your crane accident. Our lawyers think like big firm lawyers—because most of us started out in those firms. When you choose us, you get both big law firm legal skills and small firm personal attention to your case. Our lawyers will:
- Investigate to determine how crane operators and maintenance personnel were trained
- Find out whether the relevant parties had the required understanding of the crane, its characteristics, safety rules and more
- Determine whether the manufacturer of the crane included required warnings as to dangers that arise in operating the crane
- Locate the crane maintenance records to see whether the crane was regularly inspected and properly maintained for safe use according to manufacturer’s specifications
- Determine whether critical crane components, such as the hoisting equipment and cables, pulley and boom, were regularly inspected for wear and defects
Call The Epstein Law Firm, P.A. for a Free Case Review with Our Top-Rated Crane Accident Lawyers Today
Even if you are not sure whether you want to pursue legal action after a crane accident—or whether you have the right to file a lawsuit—schedule a free case review to tell us what happened. Our lawyers have experience helping people in similar situations to yours and can share our insight to help you understand your rights. To schedule your free case review, call our office or contact us online today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Crane Accident Claims in New Jersey
You have two years from the date of the accident to formally file in New Jersey. This seems like a long time, but the sooner you act the better. For your workers’ compensation claim, you will give notice to your employer much sooner. That gives other parties time to correct the issues that went wrong and caused your crane accident. Important evidence could even disappear. Once you hire us, we will likely not file a lawsuit until we understand what happened and learn more about your anticipated expenses—but the sooner we can start working, the better the results tend to be.
Generally, no. New Jersey workers’ compensation laws prevent injured workers from suing their employer. In exchange, you receive workers’ compensation benefits without the need to establish fault. Even if you think it was your employer’s negligence that caused the crane accident, our lawyers can evaluate what happened to determine whether someone else’s actions contributed to your accident.