Greensboro Machinery Accident Lawyers
Firm assists victims of machinery injuries in workers’ compensation and negligence claims
Operating heavy machinery can be dangerous, making workers in the manufacturing and construction industries especially vulnerable to job-related injuries. Even with the proper safeguards in place, accidents in these work environments can result in catastrophic harm. At Hodgman, Rowlett & Jahnes in Greensboro, we represent a wide range of clients including automotive mechanics, engineers, construction workers, electricians, plumbers, HVAC workers and other trade workers, who have been hurt in accidents involving large equipment.
Causes of work-related equipment injuries
Collisions, rollovers, and backup accidents may occur when large machinery is used. Cranes, bulldozers, forklifts, excavators and heavily loaded trucks can be difficult to maneuver, especially if necessary safety measures aren’t taken. Workers might also be hit by materials dropped from heavy equipment or hurt in accidents where a large piece of machinery crushes a victim or pins them against a wall, floor, or other stationary object.
Employer negligence may play a role as well. Many workplace accidents are caused by the failure to take appropriate safety measures. Problems are often rooted in the lack of safety gear, training, rule enforcement, supervision or maintenance. Even offices can be unsafe environments due to inadequate lighting, poor ventilation and machinery that triggers repetitive stress injuries.
Some machinery malfunctions and defective equipment are a major cause of workplace injuries as well. Even with all the proper safety precautions, sometimes a machine may have a defective design or part or failed to come with proper warnings or instructions.
Common types of machinery injuries suffered in the workplace
Workplace accidents involving heavy machinery can cause a broad range of serious, and even fatal, injuries, including:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Crushed limbs or fingers
- Cuts, puncture wounds, or lacerations.
- Hearing or vision loss
- Organ failure
- Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions
- Heat, electrical, and chemical burns
No matter what the injury entails, we will gather the necessary information to support your workers’ compensation claim. If the negligence of a machine manufacturer or another third party (not your employer or a co-worker) contributed to the accident, we can also bring a personal injury lawsuit, which can include damages not covered by workers’ comp benefits.
What you should do if you were hurt by machinery at work
After sustaining a workplace injury, you should inform your employer of the injury and seek the appropriate medical attention. Within 30 days of the incident, state law requires you in most cases to provide written notice to your employer; we recommend completing the North Carolina Industrial Commission’s Form 18. Your report can be a simple statement of what happened, describing when and how it occurred, and any other necessary information. Our accomplished workers’ compensation lawyers can assist you with required paperwork and guide you through each step of the claims process.
What you are entitled to through workers’ compensation benefits
Your employer’s workers’ compensation coverage should reimburse you fully for hospital and doctor’s bills, rehabilitation expenses and the costs associated with transportation to and from medical appointments. As machinery injuries might have long-term effects, it is important to know that your future medical bills are supposed to be covered as well.
While your physical condition prevents you from doing your job, you are entitled to partial wage replacement. If your injury prevents you from returning to your same position, you might be compensated for reduced earning capacity or be able to receive career counseling or vocational rehabilitation as you try to find a new role. Should you suffer a permanent impairment, you can collect partial or total disability payments.
Contact a skilled machinery accident attorney for a free initial consultation
The lawyers at Hodgman, Rowlett & Jahnes are experienced in handling North Carolina machinery accident claims, and can help you to pursue payment that addresses the harm you suffered. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Greensboro lawyers, call 336-609-7593 or contact us online.