Crane accidents can be devastating, often resulting in serious injuries. If you’ve been involved in such an incident, you might wonder about your legal rights and options. The short answer is yes, you can sue for damages if you’re injured in a crane accident. We are here to explain the complexities of such legal actions and how they can help you recover compensation for your losses.
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, we understand the challenges you face after a crane accident. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to guiding you through the legal process, helping you understand your rights, and striving to secure the compensation you deserve. We focus on handling the legal aspects so that you can concentrate on your recovery and well-being.
Understanding Liability in Crane Accidents
Determining who is responsible for a crane accident is the first step in pursuing a legal claim. In many cases, multiple parties might be liable, including the crane operator, the construction company, crane manufacturers, or even third-party contractors. Identifying the responsible party is crucial, as it dictates whom you can sue for damages.
Negligence is often at the heart of crane accident cases. For instance, if the operator was inadequately trained or if the crane was poorly maintained, these factors can indicate negligence. Additionally, if the crane manufacturer produced a defective product, this could lead to a product liability claim. Establishing negligence requires a thorough investigation and an understanding of construction industry standards.
The role of OSHA regulations cannot be overstated in these cases. OSHA sets safety standards for crane operations, and violations of these standards can be evidence of negligence. However, compliance with OSHA regulations does not automatically absolve a party from liability. It’s important to examine all aspects of the accident to determine fault.
Compensation in Crane Accident Lawsuits
When you sue for damages after a crane accident, you’re seeking compensation for various losses. These can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Calculating the full extent of these damages is essential to ensure you receive fair compensation.
In New York, there are no caps on damages for personal injury cases, meaning you can seek the full amount of your losses. However, proving these damages requires detailed documentation, such as medical records and employment history. An experienced attorney can help gather and present this evidence effectively.
It’s also important to consider future damages, especially in cases of severe injury. This might include ongoing medical care, rehabilitation costs, and loss of future earning capacity. These future damages are often a significant part of the compensation sought in crane accident cases.
Legal Strategy in Crane Accident Cases
A successful legal strategy in a crane accident case involves more than just proving negligence. It requires an understanding of the construction industry, knowledge of New York laws, and the ability to negotiate effectively with insurance companies and opposing counsel.
One key aspect is the collection and analysis of evidence. This includes gathering witness statements, reviewing safety records, and sometimes, hiring expert witnesses to testify about the crane’s operation and maintenance. A comprehensive approach to evidence collection strengthens your case.
Negotiations with insurance companies are another critical component. Insurers often aim to settle for the lowest possible amount, and without proper legal representation, you might receive a less-than-fair settlement. An experienced attorney can negotiate on your behalf, ensuring that the settlement offer adequately covers your damages.
Lastly, preparing for the possibility of a trial is essential. While many cases settle out of court, being ready to go to trial if necessary demonstrates your commitment to seeking justice and can lead to a more favorable settlement.
How Can the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe Help With Your Crane Accident Claim?
If you’re dealing with the aftermath of a crane accident, the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe is here to help. Our team of skilled attorneys can navigate the complex legal landscape, ensuring you receive the full compensation you deserve. We take pride in our commitment to honesty, integrity, and compassion, values that drive our pursuit of justice for every client.
From investigating the accident to negotiating with insurance companies, we handle every aspect of your claim. We understand the importance of family and work tirelessly to ensure your and your family’s well-being is prioritized throughout the legal process. For assistance with your crane accident claim, contact us at (516) 358-6900 or complete our contact form. Our team is ready to provide the support and representation you need. For more insights and updates, visit our YouTube channel.
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