Quincy Machine Malfunction Attorneys
What to Do If You Are Injured at Work Due to Defective or Faulty Machinery
Workers who must use machinery must exercise great care when on the job. While the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has strict guidelines regarding work-related machine use, mistakes, malfunctions, and other accidents can—and do—occur. Due to the inherently dangerous nature of these machines, when malfunctions occur, workers are at a high risk of suffering severe, life-altering injuries and even fatalities.
Thankfully, workplace machine malfunction injuries are covered by workers’ compensation. While this compensation cannot undo the injuries, pain, and suffering you have endured, receiving your rightful benefits can allow you to obtain crucial medical treatment and assist with the cost of lost wages/income if you are temporarily or permanently unable to work due to your injuries. Surviving family members of workers who are killed due to machine malfunctions may also be entitled to death benefits.
If you are injured on the job due to a machine malfunction, it is important that you first seek adequate medical care. Next, reach out to a Quincy machine malfunction attorney at our firm for a free consultation about your rights and legal options.
Types of Injuries Machine Malfunctions Cause
Just as there are numerous types of machines that can be used in the line of work—from power tools to forklifts to conveyor belts, industrial mixers, and more—there are nearly countless types of injuries these machines can cause when they malfunction. In most cases, these injuries are very serious or even catastrophic in nature.
Some of the most common on-the-job injuries related to machine malfunctions include:
- Accidental amputations
- Crush injuries (e.g. crushed fingers, limbs, etc.)
- Broken bones
- Impact injuries, when equipment breaks and falls
- Projectile injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Fall injuries, when a machine malfunction causes a slip and fall
- Eye injuries
- Internal bleeding/hemorrhage
- Spinal cord injuries and/or paralysis
Who Is Most At Risk?
While any worker who regularly comes into contact with or uses machinery during the course of his or her work is susceptible to machine malfunction injuries, certain workers are more at risk.
These workers include:
- Construction workers
- Industrial workers
- Factory workers/manufacturers
- Oil rig workers
- Agricultural workers
- Commercial vehicle drivers
What Compensation Is Available to Injured Workers?
Machine malfunction cases are a bit more complex than other types of workers’ compensation claims. This is because, while you may be entitled to workers’ comp benefits, you may also be able to pursue compensation from the designer, manufacturer, or distributor of the defective machine. While you cannot recover compensation for pain and suffering in a typical workers’ comp case, you may be able to do so if you choose to pursue a third-party defective product claim.
You Need an Attorney on Your Side
It’s important that you work with a skilled work injury lawyer if you or your loved one was injured due to a machine malfunction. These are highly complex cases, but an experienced attorney will be able to walk you through your options and help you work to recover the maximum compensation you are owed.
At Powers & Caccavale, we are prepared to put more than 35 years of combined experience on your side. Our Quincy machine malfunction injury lawyers understand the immense strain work-related injuries have, not only on victims but on their families as well. We are committed to handling every aspect of your claim so that you can focus on healing.