Construction Crane Accident: Who Is Responsible?

Lever & Ecker, PLLC August 15, 2023 Construction Accidents

While an accident can happen virtually anywhere, there is a certain degree of expected risk when you work at a more dangerous location like a construction site. Cranes are dangerous pieces of equipment, and when a construction crane accident occurs, victims may be left wondering who can be held responsible for the harm suffered. To identify the responsible party in your construction crane accident case, a trusted lawyer can launch a full investigation into the details of the incident.

At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, our personal injury lawyers have over 65 years of combined experience representing victims as they seek justice after being harmed in a construction crane accident. Pursuing compensation after an accident can be overwhelming as you try to recover. That is why our skilled lawyers are dedicated to providing personalized legal counsel as we fight to recover deserved compensation for your injuries and losses. 

Who Is Liable for a Construction Crane Accident?

After a construction crane accident, many victims may be unsure who the liable party is in their case. The answer to who is liable in a case involving a crane accident is not always straightforward. This is because there are often many factors that can contribute to a construction crane accident. 

The parties who may be found to be liable in a construction crane accident case are based on the unique details of the incident:

The Company Operating the Crane

The company operating the crane can be held liable in a construction crane accident if the victim is not a construction employee. To prove the crane company’s liability, your lawyer must prove that the company was negligent in some way. 

The Crane Operator

There are many safety standards that operators of dangerous equipment like cranes must follow to avoid liability. These standards include ensuring that the crane is appropriately configured for the load being lifted, maintaining clear communication with those involved in the lift, and monitoring the load throughout the lift. If a construction crane accident occurs because the operator did not adhere to these safety standards, the crane operator may be held liable for losses suffered by the victim. If so, the crane operator’s employer will also likely be held responsible under the law.

The Company That Oversees Crane Safety

The company overseeing a crane’s operation may be held liable for failing to oversee the safe operation of the crane or failing to take corrective action that has been brought to its attention.

The Crane Manufacturer

A crane manufacturer can be liable in a construction crane accident if the piece of equipment is found to be defective in design or manufacture. 

Your lawyer will identify the liable party in your case by launching a full investigation into the details of what occurred.

Proving Liability in a Construction Crane Accident Case

After you have been harmed in a construction crane accident, one of the most important steps after the responsible party has been identified is to prove their liability. To prove liability in your case, your lawyer will need to collect evidence of the four factors of negligence.

The four factors of negligence are as follows:

  • The liable party (or parties) owed you a duty of care
  • The duty of care was breached
  • The breach of duty led to the construction crane accident and your subsequent injuries
  • You suffered a loss as a result

For more information regarding liability in a construction crane accident case, contact a trusted lawyer as soon as possible.

Contact an Experienced Construction Crane Accident Lawyer for Representation

The personal injury lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC are dedicated to pursuing  strong personal injury claims to secure the compensation our clients deserve after they are harmed in a construction crane accident. Our lawyers have more than 65 years of combined experience representing victims of construction crane accidents in New York and are prepared to go to trial if necessary.

To schedule a free consultation with one of our New York lawyers about your construction accident case, call (718) 933-3632 to reach our Bronx office or (914) 288-9191 for our White Plains office. You can also reach us by filling out our contact form.

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