Many industrial careers require employees to use dangerous equipment on the job. Getting hurt in heavy machinery accidents can be devastating. This commercial equipment can cause traumatic injuries that take a significant amount of time to heal. Some injuries can affect you for the rest of your life.
The law offices of Seth Bader are workers compensation lawyers in Atlanta and all over the state of Georgia. We have effectively handled numerous cases for our clients, to get them much needed compensation. If you were injured in a heavy machinery accident on the job, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation. We can go over all of your legal options and help you build your case. Contact us if someone you know has suffered from a heavy machinery accident.
What are the injuries caused by heavy machinery accidents?
A large number of employees that seek workers’ compensation were injured because of a machinery accident. These industrial machines can cause severe and life-altering injuries. These incidents can happen for a variety of reasons, but the aftermath of recovery is still the same. Some of the most common machinery related accidents are:
- Broken Bones
- Crushed or severed limbs
Workers’ compensation was created to protect employees from the financial burden of injuries the minute they start a job. You do not have to prove who was at-fault to receive this type of compensation. If you have been injured on the job, we’re here to help. We want to handle your case so that you can focus on your recovery at home.
Work accidents in Atlanta
Many different industrial companies have found their homes in Atlanta. Since our city is a significant hub, we attract many different types of companies. So, we find that workplace accidents are prevalent. There are also many agricultural companies outside of the city that have their fair share of industrial accidents. No matter what industry you’re in, we can help you. If you have suffered from a heavy machinery accident, you should reach out to us immediately. The sooner that we begin building your case, the sooner you can get your settlement.
Can filing a claim help me?
Many victims of heavy machinery accidents do not file claims because they rely on their workers’ compensation. However, you’ll find that worker’s compensation won’t cover all of your medical bills and damages. So, how will you ever be able to pay for all your damages while you are out of work recovering? This is why you should consider filing a personal injury claim if someone else was responsible for your accident.
According to Georgia law, you cannot sue your employer for an accident you sustained at work. If you want to receive compensation for your injuries, you need to file a claim against a third party. So, this can be a contractor that was responsible for the maintenance of the industrial equipment. If we find that the machine in your accident was poorly maintained, we can file a lawsuit against the responsible party.
The damages we recover, in addition to your workers’ compensation benefits, can cover lost wages, pain, and suffering, and much more. We don’t know what compensation you’re eligible for until we review your case. Make your appointment today!
What are the common types of heavy machinery accidents?
Whether working on a construction site, or in a plant, heavy machinery accidents are common. Some accidents occur because of poorly trained operators or mechanical failures. These accidents can include various types of machinery, like:
- Loaders and Backhoes
- Tractors and Other Farming Equipment
- Cherry Pickers
- Dump Trucks
- Warehouse Equipment
- Industrial and Factory Machinery
Common causes of heavy machinery accidents:
- Colliding with other equipment
- Dropping loads
- Backing up
- Not checking blind spots
- Poor maintenance
- Falling objects from other material and forklifts
- Poorly trained operators
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lists heavy machinery accidents as a leading cause of death and severe accidents in the workplace. Even with your workers’ compensation, you probably won’t receive enough money to cover your injuries and damages. You need to contact an experienced heavy machinery accident attorney now, to discuss your options.
What are some common questions that your clients have about heavy machinery accidents?
How long do I have to file my workers’ compensation claim?
The amount that you have to file your claim varies by the statute of your state. In Georgia, you must report your accident within 30 days to a coworker or supervisor. Your work is required to make a written report. Then, you have a year from that date to receive your workers’ compensation claim.
Will a heavy machinery accident attorney work off a contingency fee?
Most clients are afraid that they will not be able to afford a lawyer, but this is generally not the case. Most personal injury lawyers operate off a contingency fee. You do not have to pay your attorney unless you receive a settlement. Many clients feel that this makes their attorney more dedicated to the outcome of their lawsuits.
Is it possible for my workers’ compensation claim to be denied?
Yes, it is possible that your employer and their insurers will deny your claim. Your company is focused on their interests versus your needs. We recommend that you hire an attorney to help you through the process of filing for workers’ compensation benefits.
What happens if my claim has been denied?
Just because your claim was denied doesn’t mean that you won’t receive your benefits. We recommend that you reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. You can appeal your denial, but the window is relatively small.
Can I file a claim for workers’ compensation and also file a personal injury lawsuit?
Yes. If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you are eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit. Workers’ compensation claims payout quicker than a personal injury lawsuit, so we recommend starting both as soon as possible. Your attorney can give you guidance in the steps that you need to take.
Hiring a heavy machinery accident attorney
Many attorneys handle personal injury, but not all of them are experienced in heavy machinery accidents. We recommend that you research your options thoroughly before you hire your legal representation. Our firm has handled numerous cases and been awarded some of the highest settlements in the country. We know that we can get you the settlement that you deserve.
Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers
We know how vital your settlement is to your life, and we want to handle your case. You deserve to focus on your recovery instead of worrying about how you are going to pay your bills. Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today to schedule your free consultation.