Construction Crane Falls, 7 Killed and 24 Injured

In an accident reminiscent of the November, 2006 accident in Bellevue, Washington, a large construction crane in New York City toppled, killing seven and injuring 24 more. In the Bellevue, Washington accident – an accident that occurred next door to the offices of The Farber Law Group – the crane toppled after it had been seen swaying in heavy winds. Only one person was killed in that accident, but it could have been much worse had it occurred during normal business hours.

The New York crane accident involved a 19-story-tall crane that toppled onto a four-story brownstone in the East Side. The six of the seven deaths were all construction worker with the seventh death a woman who was staying in an apartment in the building that was damaged. Of the 24 injured, 11 were first responders. New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg said that investigators are looking at for cause of the accident and that it was either “mechanical failure” or “perhaps human error.”

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In the wake of the Bellevue accident, the parents of the victim, Microsoft attorney, Matthew Ammon, filed suit against Lease Crutcher Lewis, general contract and Magnusson Klemencic Associates, an engineering firm according to The Seattle Post Intellligencer. Ammon’s parents said they filed suit because “Despite the state’s investigation and report, the companies that caused our son’s death are refusing to acknowledge their responsibility.” A trial date of March 23, 2009 is set.

If your or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed as a result of the negligence on the part of another person (wrongful death), you are entitled to compensation. At The Farber Law Group, our lawyers are familiar with laws regarding 3rd parties and construction-related injuries. While money cannot fully compensate for a serious or debilitating injury or the loss of loved one, compensation for medical expenses and lost earning can help insure a stable future for you and your family. Contact us today for a free case consultation.