Large, heavy equipment and machinery make it possible for workers to complete huge tasks in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Unfortunately, the machines used for these tasks are massive, which means that they can be challenging to operate – especially by untrained workers. Human error, poor conditions, and negligence can all lead to serious and life-changing accidents.
In fact, it’s estimated that around 100,000 injuries occur each year due to the improper or unsafe operation of heavy machines. If you are involved in an accident that involves heavy machinery in the course of your job, it’s a good idea to get in touch with workers’ comp lawyers from Hines Law to discuss your rights and what benefits you can recover.
Common Causes of Accidents Involving Heavy Machinery
Some of the most common causes of heavy machinery accidents include but aren’t limited to:
- Colliding with other equipment
- Colliding with a stationary object
- Dropped loads
- Pinning someone between the machine and a stationary object
- Backing up, into, or over a person
- Objects that fall from a forklift or other equipment
- Operators not checking blind spots
- Machinery entanglement
Each of these types of accidents can result in serious and life-changing injuries. They can also lead to fatalities.
It’s also worth mentioning that there are several different types of machines that may cause serious injuries. Some of the most commonly involved in these situations include:
- Large trucks
Injuries caused by heavy machines can seriously impact your life. They can also affect your ability to work. If an injury occurs, you may have to go to the doctor, again and again, be admitted to the hospital, have surgery, and as a result be unable to work. If this lasts too long, you may even be at risk to lose your job. This all occurs while insurance companies attempt to reduce the compensation, they pay you.
At Hines Law, we have a team of workers’ comp lawyers who can help you understand your legal rights and ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation possible for your claim.
Types of Injuries That Occur During Machinery Accidents
There are several different types of heavy machinery accidents. Each of these must be investigated carefully. At Hines Law, we have a legal team that is dedicated to looking into all elements of a heavy machinery injury case. This includes everything from the policy report, eyewitnesses, and physical evidence.
Some of the injuries that may occur in a heavy machinery accident include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Scrapes, cuts, and bruises
- Soft tissue injuries
- Broken neck
- Broken bones or fractures
- Muscle sprains
- Soft tissue injuries
- Severe burns
- Crushed larynx or trachea
- Pelvic, rib, chest, or jaw damage
- Permanent sensory deprivation
- Severe burns
At Hines Law, our workers’ comp lawyers will take the time to investigate the details of your accident and what caused your injury. We will work alongside you to help determine a legal strategy to help you pursue more compensation for the injuries you experienced.
Liability and Damage Recovery
If a person or company runs a business, then they have the responsibility to maintain a safe workplace for employees and customers. If there is a failure of your employer or another business or person, and you suffer an injury due to heavy machinery, then that party can be held liable for bodily injuries that occur due to their negligence.
If you have experienced a heavy machinery injury, Hines Law is ready to help. It can be challenging to recover the compensation you deserve, but we are ready to fight for you. Some of the types of compensation we can help you recover include:
- Hospital and medical costs
- Cost of any future care you may need
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
Some people believe that they can just wait for the insurance company to call and make an offer. Unfortunately, this isn’t the best move. Insurance adjusters and agents work for the insurance company and their job is to pay as little as you can, regardless of how seriously you or your loved one was injured. It is important that you don’t agree to or accept a settlement that is offered by the insurance company without first talking to us about it first. We will ensure the settlement offer made is in your best interest.
Get in Touch with Hines Law for Help and Information
If you need help with your case after being injured in a heavy machinery accident, Hines Law is ready to help. We are here to provide you with the legal services you need and guide your case. Contact us for a free consultation.