Without machines and machine operators, many of humanity’s technological and architectural breakthroughs would cease to exist. Unfortunately, machinery presents a high risk of injury to the workers who operate them or work in their vicinity.
When you or a loved one are in a machinery accident and suffer severe injuries, it is important to seek medical help right away. In this stressful scenario, you may overlook the importance of contacting a lawyer. Although you may wish to pursue your case on your own, these cases often involve many intricate legal considerations and nuances. In many circumstances, handling these cases alone can be a costly mistake.
At Shulman & Hill, our Queens machinery accident attorneys can help you navigate every part of your case. Whether preparing your claim, conducting an investigation, or vigorously negotiating on your behalf, we will do everything that we can to recover compensation for your losses while you focus on your recovery.
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation legal consultation.
Types of Heavy Machinery Accidents in Queens
Machinery accidents can be caused by a variety of factors. Operator error, faulty equipment, or improper safety training or equipment are all possible causes of machinery accidents. Sadly, it only takes one thing to go wrong for someone to be hurt—or even killed.
Here are some of the different types of machinery that can cause injuries in the workplace:
- Dump trucks
- Cherry pickers
- Backhoes and loaders
- Electric hand trucks
If the operator does not use the machinery correctly, or the equipment was not properly maintained or inspected, the equipment can malfunction and cause someone to get hurt. In fact, according to OSHA, heavy machinery is one of the leading causes of both severe and fatal accidents. This is why many safety regulations govern their use.
How Workers Can Be Hurt in Queens Machinery Accidents
Here are some of the common ways workers can be injured by heavy machinery:
- Getting pinned between a stationary object and the equipment
- Being struck by an object that falls from a forklift
- Being hit because an operator fails to check their blind spots
- Being hit by a dropped load
- Being involved in a collision with other equipment
- Being involved in a collision with a stationary object
These issues and many others can occur when a machine operator lacks proper training. However, this is far from the only way a machine accident can occur. In other instances, a supervisor’s negligence may have caused the equipment to pass a routine inspection when it should have failed, or a contractor may have failed to provide the necessary equipment to safely perform a job. In either case, our team at Shulman & Hill can help you pursue the compensation you may be entitled to through workers’ compensation benefits and potentially a personal injury lawsuit as well.
Common Machinery Injuries
Injuries caused by heavy machinery can be severe. Here are just a few common examples:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Brain damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Electric shock
These injuries can be life-altering and greatly reduce the injured worker’s quality of life.
How Much Is My Claim Worth?
Many factors affect the value of a claim and the compensation one may be eligible to receive.
A potential payout may depend on the type of injuries you have and how severe those injuries are. As one might expect, a minor or short-term injury can result in less compensation than one that leads to serious injury.
Other factors that may influence the settlement amount are the cost of your medical bills, rehabilitation, therapy, and total lost wages and benefits.
In some cases, if a third party’s negligence contributed to your accident, you may be able to pursue additional compensation for pain and suffering by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Our team of Queens machinery accident lawyers can review the full extent of your losses. With this information, we can help you recover a fair settlement.
Why Should I Hire a Machinery Accident Attorney?
If you are injured in a heavy machinery accident, you should focus on your recovery. You will likely need to schedule and attend medical appointments, comply with therapy recommendations, and rest in order to heal.
Some injured workers decide to handle their own accident claims. While this is allowed, it is not necessarily advisable. If you are like most injured workers, you likely do not have a legal background and are relatively unaware of the legal process or your legal rights. To make matters worse, some insurance companies and their legal teams can employ tactics to capitalize on this lack of experience by unfairly denying or undervaluing your claim.
Will I Have to Appear in Trial?
Many cases are resolved before going to trial. However, your attorney’s goal is to help you recover compensation, whether it is a settlement or verdict. If they cannot reach a fair settlement offer, they are prepared to represent you in a trial.
Why You Should Choose Shulman & Hill
We take every case seriously at Shulman & Hill. To date, we have helped clients recover millions of dollars in compensation. Our lawyers are specially trained to help you through every step of your legal journey so that you can shift your focus to what is most important: your recovery.
Accidents are serious events that have the potential to cause life-altering injuries. If you have been involved in a machinery accident, you may be entitled to compensation. After seeking immediate medical treatment, contact the attorneys at Shulman & Hill and explore your options for pursuing compensation.