Working with heavy machinery or equipment can be extremely dangerous and cause serious injuries or even death. Pittsburghers are certainly not strangers to working with industrial equipment, but unfortunately accidents still happen everyday, wreaking havoc on victims and their families.
Whether you or your loved one has been injured on the job by heavy equipment such as a crane, bulldozer, forklift, or other machines like a lathe, air compressor, or power hammer, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim against the contractor, maintenance company, operator of the machine, or the equipment manufacturer.
Compensation Beyond Workers’ Compensation
It is all too commonplace for many workers, usually people who are humble and forgiving, to accept the consequences of an accident without a fight. Many people will accept what their employer tells them as the only choice for workers’ compensation and they will end up paying for an accident that wasn’t their fault.
Our aggressive and compassionate work injury attorneys can help you get the most out of worker’s compensation as well as help you file a third party claim against any faulty party who may be to blame for the accident.
Because claims can be very complicated, having a knowledgeable and aggressive attorney on your side may help you collect the most in damages.
If the fault from your accident stemmed from faulty equipment from the manufacturer, a negligent machine operator or other contractors, or a subcontractor not following proper procedures or precautions, then you may have a right to seek compensation for lost wages, future lost wages, medical expenses and other damages.
Under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws, you cannot file a claim against your employer for a workplace accident, but you may still have a viable third-party claim, or personal injury claim.
Many injured workers or their families do not want to cause a hassle and will instead live in pain or end up paying for something that wasn’t their fault to begin with. Sometimes workers wait until it is too late before filing a third party claim.
Injuries from Working With Heavy Machinery
Serious injuries can happen when working with heavy equipment. Too often people we see in our law offices have suffered tremendous injuries from heavy machinery accidents. Some of the types of injuries include:
- Back Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Brain Injury
- Crush Injury
- Slips and Falls
- Wrongful Death
No matter what type of injury you or your loved one has experienced, our attorneys can help answer your questions, explain your options, help you understand workers’ compensation laws and help you get the maximum benefits you deserve.
Types of Heavy Construction Equipment That May Cause Accidents
Accidents can happen with any type of machine. Below is a list of heavy machinery, equipment and tools that have been known to cause serious injury.
- Oil & gas drilling apparatus
- Auto lifts
- Drill presses
- Air compressor
- Front-end loader
- Belt grinder
- Hydraulic press
- Band saw
- Chamfering machine
- Earth movers
- Pneumatic roller
- Robotic heavy machinery
- Power hammer
- Punch press
- Sheet metal equipment
- Sheet metal punch
Pittsburgh Heavy Machinery Accident Attorneys
The work injury attorneys at SMT Legal understand how frustrating and painful it is to be in a workplace accident. A tremendous amount of stress is put on you and your family when trying to navigate insurance companies and workers’ compensation claims on top of paying medical bills and time for lost work, not to mention future paychecks.
We are here to make a positive difference in your life by answering your questions and helping you pursue full and just compensation for your injuries. Don’t wait until the medical bills are pouring in before calling an accident attorney — all consultations are free and we don’t collect any fees unless we win your case. Contact us today – the longer a victim waits to call an attorney, the more difficult it may be to collect evidence and build a strong and winnable case.