Bystanders Escape with Their Lives After Manhattan Crane Accident

On May 31, 2015, a crane accident in Midtown Manhattan inflicted injuries on 10 people. However, the accident could have been much worse had any pedestrians been directly underneath the falling equipment. No fatalities were reported and the 10 people who were injured, including two construction workers and five bystanders, sustained only minor injuries.

Four of the victims were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment of their lacerations, while the rest refused medical attention. It is not yet known if any of the New Yorkers plan to file a crane accident lawsuit. However, victims who do plan to seek compensation should get medical attention immediately to document their injuries.

Unfortunately, when construction workers are injured, workers’ compensation may not be enough to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity. A New York crane accident lawyer at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye can help victims explore other avenues of compensation, such as filing a lawsuit against negligent supervisors, or the company that leased the crane or other defective equipment.

Crane accident under investigation

The crane accident occurred at 10:43 A.M. on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. The crane had been lifting a heating and air conditioning unit to the roof of the building. The unit weighed several tons. For reasons that are still under investigation, the unit broke free of the crane and fell 30 stories. As it fell, it scraped the building, which dislodged dangerous debris including glass, metal, and concrete. In addition to causing injuries on passersby, the falling debris likely caused property damage when it fell onto passing vehicles.

Had the crane accident occurred on a weekday instead of on a Sunday, it is likely that many more people would have suffered injuries.

Crane accident claims

Should any of the victims of this Manhattan crane accident decide to file a lawsuit, there are a few factors a NY personal injury lawyer may consider. In investigating the accident, the lawyer may determine that the crane operators or other construction workers may have had inadequate training. Inadequate supervision, poor coordination of work, and poor communication between employees may have also contributed to the accident.

In some crane accidents, it may be found that the equipment was defective or improperly maintained.

Construction accident victims can suffer a range of serious injuries, including back and spinal cord injuries that may lead to paralysis.

Other possible crane accident injuries include:

  • Fractures
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Amputation of limbs
  • Electrocution injuries

NY personal injury lawyers stand up for your legal rights

At the Long Island personal injury law firm of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, our attorneys have been defending the rights of New Yorkers since 1952. We can assist victims of crane accidents on Long Island and beyond by using our aggressive approach to litigation to secure maximum compensation on your behalf.

Victims of construction falls, crane accidents, heavy equipment injuries or other worksite accidents can contact our personal injury law firm at 1.800.469.7429 to claim a free, no-obligation case review. Since time is limited to file a claim, New Yorkers who have sustained injuries in crane accidents are urged to contact us immediately to discuss filing a personal injury lawsuit.