Heavy Equipment and Machinery Accidents

Injured in an accident involving heavy equipment or machinery at work? Here's what you need to know:

Accidents involving machinery can cause disabling injuries and a lifetime of pain and suffering. In order to minimize the long-term effects of your injuries, you need to seek just compensation.

Heavy equipment and machinery accidents are common in construction, manufacturing, warehousing, and various other industries. Regardless of what you do for work, if you have been injured in an accident involving a piece of heavy equipment or machinery, it is important that you speak with an attorney about your legal rights. You may be entitled to significant compensation, and you will need an experienced attorney to help you collect the compensation you deserve.

Injuries from machineries and heavy equipment in the workplace.

Why? You may be entitled to a significant financial recovery, and hiring an experienced attorney is the only way to make sure you recover maximum compensation for your injury-related losses. An attorney will be able to help you answer questions such as:

  • Am I eligible for workers’ compensation?
  • Can I seek additional payment outside of workers’ compensation?
  • How much am I entitled to recover?
  • How long do I have to file a claim?
  • What do I need to do (and what mistakes do I need to avoid) in order to protect my legal rights?

Causes and Types of Heavy Equipment Accidents

A type of heavy equipment.Heavy equipment and machinery accidents can result from an endless list of factors. From operator error to equipment and machinery defects, if just one thing goes wrong, the consequences can be devastating. Some of the types of heavy equipment and machinery most-commonly involved in workplace accidents include:

  • Backhoes and loaders
  • Bulldozers
  • Cherry pickers
  • Combines and other farming equipment
  • Cranes
  • Dump trucks
  • Electric hand trucks
  • Excavators
  • Forklifts
  • Industrial and factory machines
  • Trenchers
  • Warehouse equipment and machinery

Some of the most-common factors involved in heavy equipment and machinery accidents include:

  • Backing up
  • Colliding with a stationary object
  • Colliding with another piece of equipment
  • Dropped loads
  • Machinery entanglement
  • Failure to check blind spots
  • Objects falling from forklifts and other equipment
  • Pinning workers between equipment and stationary objects

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), heavy equipment and machinery accidents are among the leading causes of serious and fatal accidents on construction sites, and safety standards governing the use of powered industrial trucks (such as forklifts) on jobsites are among those most-commonly violated by employers. Unfortunately, accidents happen even in the safest working environments, and this is why state workers’ compensation laws entitle employees to “no-fault” benefits for their on-the-job injuries.

Workers Who Can File Claims for Heavy Equipment and Machinery Accidents

All types of workers can file claims for heavy equipment and machinery accidents. Whether you use heavy equipment in your job or you got injured by a coworker who was operating a piece of machinery, you can – and should – hire a lawyer through WorkInjurySource.com to help you recover just compensation. Some examples of types of workers who frequently need to seek just compensation for heavy equipment and machinery accidents include:

  • Assembly line workers
  • Construction workers
  • Drivers
  • Factory workers
  • Foremen and supervisors
  • Forklift operators
  • Ironworkers and other tradesmen
  • Heavy equipment operators
  • Mechanics
  • Warehouse workers

Getting Started with Your Claim for Financial Compensation

If you have been injured at work, understanding your rights is the first step toward protecting your claim for maximum financial compensation. Our website provides a wealth of free information for injured workers, and our downloadable checklists will help you make informed decisions about everything from choosing an attorney to avoiding mistakes that could jeopardize your recovery:

Of course, the best way to protect your legal rights is to entrust your case to an experienced attorney. An experienced attorney will not only be able to help you file for workers’ compensation, but also evaluate any additional claims you may have to maximize your financial recovery. This is important for two reasons: (i) Not all workers are eligible for workers’ compensation; and, (ii) even if you are eligible for workers’ compensation, your benefits will not cover all of your accident-related losses.

Issues You May Encounter with Your Claim

Issues with work injury claim form filed by an injured person who got into an accident from heavy machineries and equipment.Regardless of what you do for work, how you got injured, and whether you qualify for workers compensation, you are bound to run into issues with your claim. An attorney can help you overcome these issues—and avoid them in many cases. If you encounter any of the following issues, you should not give up, but instead discuss your claim with a local attorney:

1. Your Employer Says You Didn’t Report Your Injury on Time

Workers compensation claims are subject to strict deadlines. In some cases, employers will improperly claim that their employees failed to report their injuries on time.

2. Your Employer Says Your Injury was Your Fault

Your employer might try to say that your heavy equipment or machinery accident was your fault. But, unless you were drunk or engaging in horseplay, this shouldn’t impact your claim for benefits. Even then, it might not matter depending on where you live.

3. The Insurance Company Won’t Pay the Benefits You are Owed

Workers compensation insurance companies deny claims for a variety of different reasons—including reasons that are not based in the law.

4. Your Doctor Says You are Okay to Return to Work (But You Aren’t)

If you need to see an approved doctor or “company doctor,” the doctor may say that you are ready to return to work even though you are still going through the recovery process. If this happens, it can create problems for your workers comp claim that an attorney can help you resolve.

5. The Insurance Company Terminates Your Benefits Early

Insurance companies routinely terminate injured workers’ benefits prematurely. If this happens to you, you will need an experienced attorney on your side.

If you are unable to work as a result of a job-related injury, you need to get serious about protecting your legal rights. Your financial future may depend on it. Click the button below to get started with a free claim assessment 24/7.

FAQs: Seeking Compensation for Heavy Equipment and Machinery Accidents

Can I File for Workers Comp if I was Injured in a Heavy Equipment or Machinery Accident?

In most cases, employees who are injured in heavy equipment and machinery accidents are able to file for workers compensation. Most employers are required to provide workers compensation coverage under state law. If your employer has coverage and you were injured on the job, you should talk to a lawyer about filing a claim for benefits.

What if I Accidentally Hurt Myself Working with Heavy Equipment or Machinery?

If you accidentally hurt yourself, you can still file for workers compensation. Workers compensation benefits are paid on a “no fault” basis, which means that eligible employees can collect benefits regardless of how they got injured. There are a few exceptions (for example, if you hurt yourself because you were drunk at work), but these exceptions rarely apply.

Can I Hire a Lawyer to Help Me File for Workers Comp After a Heavy Equipment or Machinery Accident?

Yes, you can – and should – hire a lawyer to help you file for workers comp after a heavy equipment or machinery accident. When seeking workers compensation benefits, it is very important to have experienced legal representation. Your lawyer can help you avoid costly mistakes, and your lawyer can help make sure you collect the maximum benefits available.

What Other Options are Available to Workers Injured in Heavy Equipment and Machinery Accidents?

Regardless of whether you can file for workers comp, you may have other options as well. For example, if the piece of equipment or machinery malfunctioned, a lawyer may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Or, if you have worked for long enough, a lawyer may also be able to help you file for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits.

How Much Do Lawyers Charge for Heavy Equipment and Machinery Accidents?

Lawyers do not charge anything out-of-pocket for heavy equipment and machinery accident cases. This is known as “contingency fee” representation. If you receive workers compensation benefits (or other compensation), your lawyer’s fees will be calculated as a percentage of the amount you recover.

Get a Free Claim Assessment from a Local Attorney 24/7

Are you entitled to compensation for your heavy equipment or machinery accident? To find out, click the button for a free claim assessment from an experienced lawyer near you.