Crane Collapse No Surprise to Accident Attorneys

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A construction crane snapped in Manhatten, killing one worker and injuring four. But attorneys who focus on construction accidents say the high profile accident is the tip of the iceberg.

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Many workers don't take action, and they lose out.

Work has halted at the site of Tuesday's crane collapse, which killed one worker and injured four others reported the New York Times. The collapse, which saw two sections of crane snap off and fall without warning, has made national headlines. But according to lawyers with the group Construction Accident Attorneys, construction accidents that result in death and serious injury are common – and under-reported.

Construction Accident Attorneys is a free website that helps accident victims understand their legal options and find lawyers who can help them. The service focuses on workers injured on the job and the families of workers who were killed.

“The crane collapse is horrible,” said Michelle Price, a spokesperson for the group. “I wish I could say it's uncommon. Construction cranes are a leading cause of injury among the workers who come to us for help.”

Price says that most of the incidents never make the news, but are just as tragic.

“This one gets attention because it was big and loud. Cranes don't collapse everyday. But they do malfunction or hit people. It's like working next to a time bomb.”

Construction Accident Attorneys exists to make sure that workers are compensated for their injuries. The site offers free legal information and helps workers set up a free consultation with lawyers who specialize in workplace injuries.

“Many workers don't take action, and they lose out,” Price said. “Some are afraid they'll lose their jobs or think they can't win. But everyone injured in a workplace accident is entitled to compensation for their injuries and lost wages.”

Price advises injured workers not to sign anything until they talk to an attorney.

“Insurance companies want to give you the lowest payout possible and get you to sign away your rights,” she said. “It may seem reasonable at the time, but will it cover the hospital bill?”

About Construction Accident Attorneys:

Construction Accident Attorneys is a free resource provided by lawyers who focus their practice on workplace injury law. Victims and their families can receive free consultations with lawyers qualified to work on their case. The group can be contacted at (312) 448-7864.

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