Heavy machinery is a must on most construction job sites. They allow us to move hefty pieces of material, which is required to renovate and create new structures in the city. Unfortunately, heavy machinery poses a significant risk to the workers who operate them and work on the site.
On top of the numerous dangers at a construction site, operating heavy machinery can pose serious injury, if not death, to the workers. This is especially true if the machinery was manufactured or handled incorrectly.
Thanks to New York laws, if you or a loved one has been injured by heavy machinery, you may have a case to fight for compensation. If you are one of these people, you will need a personal injury attorney to fight on your behalf and maximize your compensation.
Shulman & Hill is a reputable personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm in New York City. Our experienced attorneys offer compassionate yet ruthless assistance on your behalf to help you get the compensation you deserve. Fight for your rights with Shulman & Hill on your side.
Though most people do not realize it, construction workers put their lives on the line every day to renovate and create the city we live in. Despite their need in our society, too many construction workers are placed in dangerous, fatal, and avoidable situations, had proper safety precautions been followed.
Even when cases are not fatal, many dangers associated with construction sites leave the workers permanently disabled, unable to support themselves, their family, or the economy. This sort of injury poses major strain on individuals and their income.
Construction sites are dangerous enough without working heavy machineries. Heavy machinery only makes the sites that much more dangerous, especially for the machinery workers. Below are the most common accidents associated with heavy equipment and machinery:
- Falling objects
- Machine entanglement
- Repetitive motion complications
- Vehicle accidents
These accidents can cause broken bones, severe brain trauma, spinal injuries, and even death.
Who Can Be Held Accountable?
If a worker is injured due to some fault of their own, then they are responsible for their own injuries. On the other hand, too many heavy equipment injuries are due to some sort of negligence. Most often, this negligence is due to a defective product or a malfunction part.
Since this is the most common form of negligence, the machinery’s designer or supplier tends to be the responsible party. It is up to them to create machines that work properly and do not injure workers. They should be held accountable for injuries due to their negligence.
There are other accidents that may hold the contractor or property owner negligent as well. Either way, the person who is responsible for the issue, such as a safety protocol breach, is held financially responsible for your injuries.
Do I Have a Case?
If you have been injured by machinery on a construction site, you may be wondering whether or not you have a case. Even if you are unsure, put your best foot forward and consult with an experienced lawyer, who can help you navigate the sticky terrain.
When meeting with the lawyer, the first thing they will do is determine whether your injury could have been prevented by using standard safety equipment. More often than not, any cases in which the injury could have been preventable showcase negligence. If they find that your injury could have been prevented, you likely have a case.
From there, the lawyer builds a case around your injuries and medical expenses. One of the most important facts of the case is who exactly is responsible for the injury. The case will need to prove that that person is in fact responsible and deserves to be held liable for the injury.
If you were injured on site, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. Before immediately filing a claim, it may be best to talk to an attorney. By filing for workers’ compensation, you give up your right to sue. For many people, workers’ compensation does not cover all of the expenses from the injury.
In New York, workers’ compensation covers medical benefits, such as the following:
- Certain medical goods
- Chiropractic treatment
- Dental services
- Lab work
- Medical services
- Physical therapy
- Prescription drugs
If a machinery accident caused death, the worker’s surviving spouse and children receive both death and survivor benefits. These benefits do not fill the void left in their wake, but it can help the family maintain financial security.
In the case of serious accidents, a lawsuit may be the best course of action. Of course, it can be difficult to choose between which course of action you should follow, especially if you have close ties with your employer. An experienced attorney will help navigate the best option for you and your needs.
Contact Shulman & Hill
Machinery injuries are nothing to joke about. In some of the best case scenarios, you can be left with a debilitating injury that prevents you from working in the future. This is an unfortunate reality for many machinery workers.
If you have been injured from heavy machinery, contact Shulman & Hill right away. Our experienced attorneys will help determine whether workers’ compensation or a personal injury lawsuit is best for you. From there, we will create a case that targets the negligent party and maximizes your compensation.
Even if you do not think you need an attorney, an attorney is the only way to ensure your rights are respected and your injury and vulnerability are not taken advantage of. Let Shulman & Hill represent your case to pursue the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Shulman & Hill?
With expertise in workers’ compensation and personal injury lawsuits, Shulman & Hill can help you best determine the course of action for your case. Our experienced attorneys act swiftly and relentlessly to support your rights and get the most out of your case. All the while, we assist you with a compassionate nature to help you get back on your feet.