Working around heavy machinery is a dangerous job, and many accidents happen daily. These types of accidents result in various injuries, and they are some of the more severe workplace accidents. Seth Bader is an experienced Norcross workers compensation lawyer.
Even though you have workers’ compensation in your workplace, the process can be confusing. You need an expert that can represent you and help you navigate the process. We’re here to help you handle your heavy machinery accident. Contact us today to go over the details of your case.
I have been injured in a heavy machinery accident, now what?
We know that heavy machinery accidents can be traumatic, but there are some steps that you need to take.
- It would help if you let your supervisor know that you have been injured at work. You only have 30 days from your accident to report it, because workers’ compensation cases are time-sensitive. You can casually tell your supervisor. It isn’t necessary for you to formally publish it.
- Seek medical attention. If you feel like your injuries are minor, you need to know what is going on with your body.
- Contact an attorney that specializes in heavy machinery accidents. Most workers’ compensation lawyers provide free consultations, so you can make an appointment to discuss your options.
What do I need to know about heavy machinery accidents?
Heavy machinery accidents can occur in a variety of locations, like construction sites, roadwork areas, plants, and warehouses. These types of accidents are severe and sometimes result in debilitating injuries. So, a heavy machinery accident can change your life completely.
Any accident can be confusing legally, mainly when these accidents occur at work. Many construction sites have several contractors and subcontractors working on the scene. It can be confusing who is responsible for your workers’ compensation.
Do you go through the company that hired you or the job site that hired your company? While you are recovering from your accident, you need payment. An experienced attorney can help you with your workers’ compensation claim.
Workers’ compensation claims can also be denied. Technically, workers’ compensation was created to assist you in recovering from injuries at work. It doesn’t matter who is at-fault for the accident; you could be entitled to benefits. Although most people think that workers’ compensation is guaranteed, it isn’t. Your employer can deny your claim. Make sure that you get the help of a skilled heavy machinery accidents attorney to prevent this from happening.
My work is being helpful, do I need an attorney?
Yes. You don’t want to jeopardize your workers’ compensation claim by filing it on your own. Even if your employer seems helpful, they are looking out for their interests. Many victims of heavy machinery accidents feel conflicted when filing workers’ compensation claims against their employers.
Thankfully, hiring an attorney gives you a third party that isn’t emotionally invested. They can help you submit your application so that you can get the compensation that you desperately deserve.
What damages can I receive in a heavy machinery accident?
If you are injured at work, you could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. A claim can cover your medical costs as well as the disability to pay other bills while you recover. Heavy machinery accidents can take months to heal, and you will be out of work.
Your claim should help cover your medical bills and some of your living expenses. Sadly, most workers’ compensation claims do not include all of your injuries, so you might have to seek additional lawsuits. In a personal injury lawsuit, you could receive compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of potential income, and more.
Do I need a lawyer to file for workers’ compensation?
No. You can file for workers’ compensation on your own, but these cases can be very complicated. Your employer already has an insurance company and legal counsel to represent their needs. Shouldn’t you? We can go over your case and create a plan of action.
My employer says that I am responsible for my accident, now what?
Who is at-fault for your accident doesn’t matter. Workers’ compensation was created to cover any workplace accidents, regardless of who is responsible. Some employers will try to dissuade heavy machinery accident victims from filing a workers’ compensation claim. You should know that you could still be entitled to worker’s compensation benefits even if you were 100% responsible.
I need my job, and I’m worried about upsetting my employer
Your employer cannot fire you for filing a workers’ compensation claim. As long as you follow the proper procedures, you should be able to keep your job. If you have been injured, returning to work without healing is dangerous. You could harm others by not being able to do your job correctly. You could also aggravate your injuries and make them more severe, causing additional complications.
Can filing a workers’ compensation claim affect my future jobs?
Many victims of heavy machinery accidents worry that filing a claim will negatively affect their careers. You shouldn’t feel guilty or hesitant about filing for workers’ compensation. If you are injured on the job, you have a right to heal before returning to work. If you file a claim, it is not going to affect your future job prospects.
My spouse was injured in a heavy machinery accident, can I file their claim?
No. Technically, the injured party, must be the one to file the claim. Even if your spouse cannot represent themselves, due to injury, an experienced attorney can act as the administrator. You can provide information about the case, but the victim or their legal representation needs to handle the situation.
Hire an experienced heavy machinery accident attorney today
We have decades of experience handling heavy machinery cases, and we look forward to processing your claim. We provide free consultations so that you can get the answers you deserve. It would help if you didn’t have to worry about how you are going to recover and pay your medical bills. Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers now to schedule your appointment.