Workers on construction and industrial sites are at the highest risk for heavy machinery accidents. These accidents can be severe and usually take months for victims to recover. If you suffer an injury at work, you need to know the proper steps to take following your accident. Seth Bader is an experienced Rome workers compensation lawyer that can help. We have handled numerous ‘workers’ compensation claims, and we can guide you through yours. If you suffer an injury in a heavy machinery accident, the time to act is now. Contact us today to go over the details of your case.
What are the types of heavy machinery?
There are various types of heavy machinery, and the kinds of injuries vary because of the mechanism involved. There are different types of categories of heavy machinery, some of which are:
- Drilling Machines
- Automated Presses
- Dump Trucks
- Mixing Machines
- Conveyor Belts
Common injuries from heavy machinery accidents
Construction sites have a lot of workers and machinery, so there are many opportunities for accidents. The list of potential injuries is endless, but some of the most common heavy machinery accident injuries are:
- Broken Bones
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Head Trauma
- Neck Injuries
- Crushed bones
- Internal injuries
- Organ Damage
- Wrongful Death
What causes heavy machinery accidents?
Typically, there are two main reasons for heavy machinery accidents: the equipment ‘isn’t properly maintained, or the negligence of the operator. Many accidents in the workplace are preventable if workers follow proper safety procedures. Some causes of the cases ‘we’ve handled are the result of:
- Improper maintenance
- Poorly trained operators
- Poor safety policies
- Errors from operators
- Unsecured cargo
Heavy machinery accidents can also occur because of a defect in parts or machinery. In these cases, a third party could be responsible for your injuries. After an accident, you have extensive damages that need time to heal. While you are out of work, you need compensation to cover your injuries. If you are facing a significant amount of time out of work, you should contact us today. The sooner we begin your case, the sooner you can receive compensation.
Does it matter that my accident happened at work?
Yes. If you suffer an injury on the job, your first step is filing for ‘workers’ compensation. You have the right to receive healing time for your injuries. If you suffer an injury on the job, you need to report your injury to your supervisor within 30 days. Then you will want to file a ‘workers’ compensation claim. We can help you file your claim, to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve.
I’m worried my work is going to retaliate against me
Some victims of accidents are worried about filing ‘workers’ compensation claims because they think ‘they’ll lose their jobs. It is illegal for your employer to fire you because you have registered for ‘workers’ compensation. It is unlawful for your employer to take out any retaliation against you. Some examples of retaliation include:
- Bad performance reviews
- Lack of promotion
- Cut in pay
- Disciplinary action without any reason
- Isolation in the workplace
Can I file for ‘workers’ compensation on my own?
Yes. You can file your claim on your own, but we ‘don’t recommend it. Your employer does not have to approve your ‘workers’ compensation claim, so you need an expert in your corner. Everything with ‘workers’ compensation is time-sensitive, so you need to act fast. Also, it can take a long time to receive your benefits. When you are out of work with serious injuries, we know you need your claim approved as soon as possible.
Claim Denial: What can I do?
‘Workers’ compensation cases can be tricky, and denial can feel like the end of the road. ‘Don’t worry, we have helped many clients appeal to their ‘workers’ compensation denials. We do need to act quickly, so if your claim has been denied, you should contact us immediately.
I was responsible for my accident. Can I still file a claim?
Yes. Your ‘workers’ compensation would protect you even if you were responsible for your accident. Some employers will try to convince you not to file for ‘workers’ compensation, but it ‘isn’t their choice. You are legally allowed to register for ‘workers’ compensation if you were injured at work.
I’m worried that my boss will get angry
A common concern for many of our clients is angering the boss. It would help if you didn’t worry about making your boss angry because ‘it’s illegal for them to treat you negatively because of ‘workers’ compensation. You should be able to focus on getting better so that you can get back to work. If you do go back to work early, you could put yourself and others at risk. ‘Workers’ compensation was created to give you enough time to heal so that you could continue your job.
Can ‘workers’ compensation affect me getting a new job in the future?
No. An employer ‘can’t hire or fire you based off submitting a ‘workers’ compensation claim. If you think that you are being mistreated because of a claim, you should contact us today. We want to discuss your options.
Someone I know was injured at work, can I help them file their claim?
No. Even if it is a family member, the accident victim will have to file their claim on their own. A lawyer can represent their interests as an administrator, but you ‘can’t do it.
Consult with a heavy machinery accidents attorney
If you or someone you know has been injured from a massive machinery accident, you could be entitled to ‘workers’ compensation benefits. You could also be eligible for compensation from third parties.
Filing claims and lawsuits can be complicated, so you need an expert in your corner. We have decades of experience helping victims of heavy machinery accidents. ‘We’re devoted to providing you with the best representation. Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today to schedule your free consultation.