Over 230,290 people are injured from contact with objects, and almost 80 people die every year from incidents involving cranes.  Cranes can lift tens of thousands of pounds, tower over 250 feet high, and are capable of unnecessarily inflicting death and catastrophic injuries.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a crane, call the successful, experienced, skilled, knowledgeable and hard-working New York Crane Lawyers at Sonin & Genis. We are proud that one of our verdicts in a personal injury case was written up as one of the top jury verdicts of the year in the National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, New York Magazine, and ALM Verdictsearch.

The harms and losses from a crane accident are devastating, and construction workers aren’t the only people at risk — bystanders, delivery drivers, and other contractors all can be injured.

There are various negligent acts or omissions that can be a substantial contributing factor in causing a crane accident, including:

  • Improper maintenance
  • Inadequate inspections
  • Improper placement
  • Inadequately secured
  • Improperly operated
  • Improperly overloaded

Depending on the cause of the accident, different parties may be at fault. The expert New York crane accident attorneys at Sonin & Genis will investigate the accident and potential negligence of the operator, contractor, manufacturer, and supplier.

A New York crane accident lawyer from Sonin & Genis will fight for your rights in court, obtaining just compensation for the terrible injuries sustained by you or a loved one.


Living in the city, one is never far from an active construction site. There are many terrible accidents that, in an instant, can change your life and cause you or your family to need the services of a New York crane accident lawyer.   One minute you are walking down the street, innocently minding your own business or concentrating on your own work on a construction site, when suddenly, you hear a noise, and in a moment that seems to last an eternity, a negligently operated, maintained or improperly secured or placed crane boom, or whatever it was carrying, comes crashing down on you. Imagine the horror of falling from a platform held or raised by a crane, or getting caught between its parts.

Injuries from cranes include death, Traumatic Brain Injury, paralysis, loss of limbs, permanent damage to organs, broken bones, spine injuries, damages to discs, nerves, muscles and tissues in the spine, to joints and their tendons, ligaments, nerves and cartilage – especially vulnerable joints like knees, shoulders, wrists, feet, ankles and elbows. Protruding, bulging or herniated discs can be disabling. Other disabling injuries include: torn rotator cuffs to shoulders, torn meniscus and chondromalacia to knees, carpal tunnel syndrome to wrists, and other injuries.

Trauma to joints can cause or aggravate painful and disabling arthritis and degenerative joint disease. Surgery may help but not cure these injuries. Recovering from these life-altering injuries is not only painful; it requires costly and time-consuming medical treatment, doctor visits and rehabilitation.

Victims are often temporarily or permanently unable to work, or work with difficulty, limitations or restrictions and may have a diminished work life and diminished earnings because of their injuries.

If you or a loved one is injured, or worse, you need a tough, experienced New York crane accident lawyer by your side.

Sonin & Genis has fought and won many battles with insurance companies, garnering large payouts for accident victims. Sonin & Genis are known as the “go-to lawyers” because they receive so many referrals from other Bronx or New York personal injury attorneys who know they can handle the most difficult cases successfully.


There are many challenges when it comes to successfully trying a Bronx crane accident case. The first issue is identifying which parties are responsible for the accident.

In order to get full compensation and a just award, it is necessary to pursue all the parties that may have contributed to the accident.

Obtaining justice in a crane accident case requires the ability to navigate the laws and take on the insurance companies representing the various parties involved.

You need a lawyer that understands and knows about cranes, their requirements, the medicine and biomechanics of injury and is able to educate and teach a jury the significance and permanent consequences of these harms and losses, so that a fair jury can provide the helps and fixes that justice requires. You need a lawyer that has the knowledge and ability to successfully cross-examine the stable of defense doctors and litigation experts the insurance companies routinely rely on to deny liability, causation and damages to deprive injured people their fair compensation.

We have an excellent construction, medical, forensic and engineering reference library.  We read and research medical and other journals regularly.  Our lawyers have taught Continuing Legal Education Classes and published articles on handling these types of cases and these issues.  Our knowledge, hard work and skill have enabled us to win many significant verdicts on behalf of our clients.

Crane Operators in New York State must have a Certificate of Competence, and a License. In addition to being familiar with NYS Labor Sections 200, 240 and 241, a skilled lawyer must know NYS Labor Law, Sections §§27-a, 27, 29, NYS Gen. Business Law Section 483, NYS Department of Labor and the Industrial Code Rule and Part 23, and pertinent OSHA Rules, Standards and Requirements, including Part 1926.

In the City of New York, the Department of Buildings, Cranes and Derricks Unit oversees the design, installation and safe operation of equipment used for hoisting or lifting purposes.

Experienced Crane lawyers know the following requirements in NYC:


2008 NYC Construction Codes:

  • Chapter 4, Article 404, Rigger License
  • Chapter 4, Article 405, Hoisting Machine Operator License
  • Chapter 33, Subchapter 3319

Local Laws:

◦  Local Law 44 of 2008

◦  Local Law 45 of 2008

◦  Local Law 46 of 2008

Other Important Regulations:

◦  Reference Standard RS 19-2 (2008)

◦  RCNY §6-01 – Erection/Dismantling Cranes

◦  RCNY §9-01 – Rigging Operations RCNY §9-02 – Rigging Operations RCNY §9-03 – Rigging Operations

◦  RCNY §9-04 – Rigging Operations

◦  RCNY §25-01 – Climber and Tower Crane Riggers

◦  RCNY §101-08 – General Liability Insurance Rule, including Tower Crane Use

◦  RCNY §104-02 – Insurance Requirements for Licensed Riggers

◦  RCNY §104-09 – Hoisting Machine Operator License, Class C

RCNY §3314-01 – Mast Climbers

The New York crane accident lawyers at Sonin & Genis will take up your cause. Our through knowledge of all pertinent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and New York State and City Labor Laws, make us leading authorities in the field.

The Bronx crane accident lawyers at Sonin & Genis have been winning multimillion-dollar awards for victims for more than 30 years. Known as “the heavy hitters with heart,” we treat our clients with compassion while aggressively pursuing justice in their cases.

New York State Law makes it almost impossible for employees to sue their employers for damages, even for work-related injuries. Workers injured in the course of their employment may be covered by Workers Compensation, but workers compensation payments do not compensate you for all of your harms and losses, and are usually only a small fraction of the actual loss of earnings suffered, and do not compensate you for the loss of valuable pension and benefits, raises and promotions, cost of living increases and collective bargaining agreements. Workers Compensation does not compensate for your pain and suffering and your loss of enjoyment of life.

Moreover, workers’ compensation may be contested by the employer, and payments may be reduced or stopped, and necessary medical treatment may be withheld.

You can receive compensation benefits through your employer’s insurance, and bring a lawsuit against someone else who may have caused or contributed to your injuries.

The Bronx personal injury attorneys at Sonin & Genis understand that if you or a loved one is injured the number one priority is recovery. You need experienced attorneys to protect you or your loved ones rights and pursue justice & full compensation for the injuries or loss of life suffered.

Sonin & Genis are known for being tough and tenacious, working tirelessly to ensure that accident victims or their families receive large verdicts and settlements. Sonin & Genis, New York crane accident lawyers, have a long list of multimillion dollar verdicts that testify to their willingness and ability to go toe-to-toe with insurance companies and emerge victorious.

It’s important to act quickly. If you or your loved one has been injured in a crane accident involving a municipality, such as premises, property or a project that is owned, operated, managed or funded by the City, such as Housing Preservation & Development [HPD] or the Department of Education, New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation [NYCH&HC], a County, a Public Authority, such as the New York City Housing Authority [NYCHA], involving the Metropolitan Transportation Authority [MTA], New York City Transit Authority [NYCTA], Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority [MABSTOA], Metro-North, Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit Authority, Port Authority of NY & NJ, New York Sports Authority (or countless other public entities), the State or Federal government – a Notice of Claim is usually required, a legal document that explains your claim, and must usually be prepared by your attorneys and served on the municipality within 90 days of injury. Some private entities receive federal funds, and a claim must be filed with the federal government.

Because wherever possible records must be obtained and reviewed before the Notice of Claim is prepared and filed, time is of the essence and it is vital that you act quickly!

At Sonin & Genis, we know that you have more important things to worry about than getting records and preparing and filing legal documents, so we take of everything so that you can focus on taking care of your family, so call the experienced New York Crane lawyers at Sonin & Genis.

There are short Statutes of Limitations within which to commence a lawsuit to protect your rights, so it is important to act quickly!

If you or a loved one has been injured in, or even killed, you need a law firm that is both caring and competent. Call Sonin & Genis (718 664-8542) to get a winning New York crane accident lawyer working for you today.